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  Don't be scared of 9.0! Watch this episode and do our quiz: how well do you know 9.0? In this episode, we feature our friends Mark Bowling and Richard Porter. We also talk about the future of Learning Happy Hour! Happy Halloween!
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jyates ‎11-05-2019 03:25 PM
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Have you ever wondered *HOW* the Palo Alto Networks NGFW processes traffic flowing through the dataplane? Have you ever needed to troubleshoot a routing or NAT problem? Have you wondered why certain traffic isn't making it through the firewall and there isn't a log indicating why? This episode will help explain what *exactly* the firewall is doing with packets as they flow through session setup and inspection! Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com
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mdensley ‎10-31-2019 09:10 AM
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If you have ever second guessed yourself before removing an App-ID from a rule or if you have caused an outage by removing a policy rule prematurely then this episode is for you! Jason & Mitch explore the new PAN-OS 9.0 Policy Optimizer which might seem, on the surface, like a simple tool for telling you which rules see more or less traffic but it is much more than that!   The Policy Optimizer will help you save time and frustration in your efforts to achieve greater network security! If you have over provisioned rules without App-IDs (a.k.a just service/port definitions) or rules with too many App-IDs allowed, the Policy Optimizer can help! If you have unused rules that are no longer needed for currently sanctioned traffic, the Policy Optimizer can help! If you have firewalls running PAN-OS 8.1 and older but you have Panorama and are willing to upgrade Panorama to 9.0, You CAN use the Policy Optimizer!   We hope you find this demo-heavy episode of Learning Happy Hour entertaining and helpful!     Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com
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mdensley ‎10-22-2019 11:58 AM
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Have you ever wondered how malware is caught and identified? Have you ever been curious who the people are behind the scenes working to stop the spread of cyber threats? Learn about all of this and more as Tacoma Bob interviews a Palo Alto Networks - Unit42 Malware Analyst (Brad Duncan).   Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com   Episode Resources: Unit42: https://unit42.paloaltonetworks.com/about-unit-42/ Malware Traffic Analysis (Brad’s website): https://www.malware-traffic-analysis.net Virustotal Intelligence: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/search URLhaus: https://urlhaus.abuse.ch/ GreenScreen Background: www.pexels.com Music: www.bensound.com
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mdensley ‎10-22-2019 10:43 AM
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This is an action-packed episode of Learning Happy Hour!   Jason demonstrates the dangers of DNS with DNSExfiltrator and the hazards of bad headphones. We then explore the many counter-measures and protections available in PAN-OS 9.0, including a demonstration of the new DNS Security Service. Go cloud!    We learn how App-ID, threat signatures, and cloud-delivered security create powerful combo-punches in the fight against DNS abuse! In our WWL (What We Learned) segment, Mitch warns of us the resurgence of mirai botnet, and Jason talks about the value of "simulations" in learning.   We hope you enjoy this episode, and we hope the demonstrations here give you new insight into how to protect the DANGEROUS NAME SERVICE!    Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.    Episode Resources More DNS Security Service information UNIT42: DNS Tunneling: How DNS Can Be (ab)used by Malicious Actors The Five Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques New Mirai Variants Jocko Podcast 162
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jyates ‎10-22-2019 10:34 AM
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Do you want the world to recognize how awesome you are at securing networks? Or, are you looking to break into the cybersecurity industry by supporting customers in a phenomenal company?   Jason and Mitch will introduce you to two innovative leaders at Palo Alto Networks who share insights on how to achieve these goals in this bonus episode of Learning Happy Hour! Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.    Did you know you can take a certification exam while at our user conference (Ignite)? Well, you can!   We also offer preperation sessions at the conference that complement the free PCCSA, PCNSA, and PCNSE study resources (videos, guides, quizzes). Please come and learn with us @ Ignite!!
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mdensley ‎10-22-2019 10:32 AM
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We had the honor of sitting down with the brilliant Martin Walter to discuss the new DNS Security Service in PAN-OS 9.0. This is a bonus episode because it is the FULL INTERVIEW that we did and referenced in our earlier episodes. Hope you enjoy it!   Be sure to also check out our earlier episodes on DNS and the new features in PAN-OS 9.0.   Cheers!   Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player. 
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jyates ‎10-22-2019 10:08 AM
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In this special episode, Suzy VanPatten shares important lessons from the field about how to avoid common customer mistakes and how to increase the security of your firewall deployments. She enlightens us with the ways to increase visibility of your traffic, threats and operational behavior of firewalls, and Panorama.   Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com
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mdensley ‎10-01-2019 09:49 AM
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Have you ever wondered how Secure Socket Layer (SSL) works? Have you ever been perplexed about what a Client Hello or a Server Hello is? Or do you want to really understand how a Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) performs decryption? Then this episode is for you! Shakti will be your decryption mentor by showing exactly how the process of SSL Forward Proxy decryption happens! Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com
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mdensley ‎09-04-2019 07:24 AM
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Have you ever heard of the hacker conferences of Defcon, Blackhat, and/or BSides? Have you been curious about what sort of things goes on at them? Have you secretly wanted to attend but worried you might not fit in or that doing so would land you on some "watch list"?   Well, fear not! Mitch and Jason decided to check one out, and it was a far more educational and uplifting experience than either had thought! Mitch and Jason share their highlights from the 2019 BSidesLV conference in this bonus episode of Learning Happy Hour!     Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com
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mdensley ‎08-13-2019 12:56 PM
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Do you have an OLD firewall that you are replacing with a Palo Alto Networks firewall? Do you have a Next-Generation Firewall Policy that isn't yet configured to use App-ID? Do you need to multi-edit a Next-Generation Firewall Policy in a batch fashion? Well, the Expedition tool can do all of these things and MORE!!! Our good friend Mark Bowling will be our Expedition Guide on today's musical adventure, as we learn about the cool capabilities of this useful tool! Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com
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mdensley ‎08-01-2019 09:45 AM
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The BPA is to the Palo Alto Networks firewall what Tony Stark is to his Iron Man suit! It's one thing to have a powerful, super-charged piece of equipment, it's an entirely different thing to utilize that equipment in the most effective ways possible with the help of dashboards, insights, and guidance. That's the BPA! The BPA puts the "hero" into "supehero"!   In this episode, we meet up again with Sam and Andrew who have been working hard (along with others on their team) adding new features and capabilities to the BPA. We learn about five new features, AND we also are introduced to the new BPA API! Watch to the end to learn how you can join the beta and take advantage of the new API!    
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jyates ‎07-29-2019 09:26 AM
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It's another episode of Learning Happy Hour! When PAN-OS 9.0 was released back in February, we also unveiled the fastest next-generation firewall in the world: the PA-7000 Series powered by a fresh generation of line cards! Graham Garrison joins us from ETAC to explain the hows and the whys behind the PA-7000 Series. We also talk about the new K2-Series firewall and global counters! Graham is a troubleshooting guru and he explains why he eats global counters for breakfast every day.     Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com   Episode Resources: What's New in PAN-OS 9.0 PA-7000 Series More K2-Series How To Check Global Counters And Filters Compare next-generation firewalls  
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jyates ‎07-16-2019 09:37 AM
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We are happy to introduce you to our real-life Cybersecurity Wizard (Sean Smith) who answers your troubleshooting questions about Panorama, File Blocking and Decryption in this fun-filled episode of Learning Happy Hour!   Episode Feedback: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com
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mdensley ‎07-01-2019 03:13 PM
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Protecting DNS is a must! In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, we explain why this is important and some of the DNS protections in the firewall, including a demo with Mitch. We are joined by Bob Ross who teaches us how to draw a whiteboard on DNS Sinkhole, and Martin Walter ( Product Line Manager )  joins us as well to explain the new DNS Security Service in PAN-OS 9.0.  (NOTE: We will be releasing Martin's full interview next week)  Secure your DNS!   Please provide us feedback (form below)  and email us any topics you would like us to cover: learninghappyhour@paloaltonetworks.com     Cheers!    Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.   
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jyates ‎05-22-2019 11:01 AM
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In this bonus episode of Learning Happy Hour, Jason and Mitch interview Kurt Geissel, a Solutions Architect and CISO at Highline College. Join us to learn about what it is like to design a fun, impactful and memorable cyber defense competition for college learners at the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Jason and Mitch volunteer at the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (PRCCDC) and have an ABSOLUTE BLAST! Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.    Episode Feedback: https://forms.gle/Eu4Rq5AYj2YxoAZ18   Episode Resources: https://giessel.net/raspberry-pi-scada/ https://www.highline.edu/prccdc-2018/
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 10:44 AM
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Attention college students and university instructors! Palo Alto Networks has an exciting Academy program just for you! In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, Mitch and Jason talk to Jim Boardman and Keith Cantillon about the program as well as how to get a free firewall, all while celebrating Saint Patrick's Day!    Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.   
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jyates ‎05-22-2019 10:29 AM
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Here at Palo Alto Networks, we celebrate diversity and the contributions of women in our modern age. In this bonus episode of Learning Happy Hour, we feature three powerful and dynamic women serving in cybersecurity positions. Ashley Richardson - Technical Trainer, Palo Alto Networks Jovita Alphonse - Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence, Nike Linda Moss - Vice President of Global Enablement, Palo Alto Networks Today, women are vastly underrepresented within the cybersecurity industry, holding just 11 percent of cybersecurity jobs worldwide. At Palo Alto Networks, we are hoping to change that through awareness, our partnership with the Girl Scouts of America, and much more. Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player. 
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 10:07 AM
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Excited about the release of PAN-OS 9.0? We are too!!   This is the second of multiple episodes discussing PAN-OS 9.0. In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, we take a fun and informative look at five features in PAN-OS 9.0: WildFire file size increase, URL Multi-Categorization, WebUI Troubleshooting tools, VXLAN Inspection, and Rest API improvements.
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 10:03 AM
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New things are happening in the Best Practices Assessment (BPA)! In the episode of the Learning Happy Hour, Sam and Andrew join us from the Customer Experience Automation team to give us highlights on what's new and what's to come in the BPA. Have you run the BPA lately? Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player. 
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jyates ‎05-22-2019 09:57 AM
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Excited about the release of PAN-OS 9.0? We are too!!    This is the first of multiple episodes discussing PAN-OS 9.0. In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, we take a fun and informative look at four features in PAN-OS 9.0: Wildcard Mask Address Objects, FQDN TTLs, DDNS, and Master Key management. We also discuss best practices around upgrading to PAN-OS 9.0. Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.    Previous Episode: See the previous   episode of Learning Happy Hour (Put your Best Firewall Forward with the BPA) Next Episode: This is the latest episode of the Learning Happy Hour Episode Timeline: Want to skip to a specific part of this Learning Happy Hour episode
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 09:18 AM
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  Do you know the thing you must do with every single commit? In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, Jason and Mitch interview Nate Bidding, the architect of the Best Practices Assessment tool, and then they compare firewalls to see whose firewall is the most secure. You’ll definitely want to stick around to play malware trivia with Tacoma Bob. How well do you know your malware? Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.   
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 09:04 AM
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In this bonus episode of Learning Happy Hour, Jason and Mitch interview Brian Lee, Principal Researcher in Unit 42. Follow along as they cover a list of topics and Brian takes them through the cybersecurity zoo.
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 08:55 AM
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Nobody appreciates a data glutton! In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, Jason and Mitch show you how to spot bandwidth hogs and how to throttle them using a Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall.   If QoS is new to you, there is a background segment called the QoS High Jump that is a deep dive into what QoS is, how it works, and why it's needed. Make it your New Year's resolution to learn about QoS by watching this episode of the Learning Happy Hour! Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player.    Previous Episode: See the previous   episode of Learning Happy Hour (9 reasons to use URL filtering) Next Episode: Put your Best Firewall forward with the BPA Episode Timeline: Want to skip to a specific part of this Learning Happy Hour episode Episode Quiz: Test your memory by answering 5 questions related to this episode Episode Feedback: Episode List: See a full list of Learning Happy Hour episodes (note: they are listed as articles) Episode Resources: Acknowledgements, References, Links, Labs, etc.  
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 08:38 AM
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URL Filtering makes the Holidays better! In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, Mitch and Jason share why URL Filtering is important for threat prevention. We also have an interview with special guest Suzi VanPatten, and Jason shares his adventures in Halifax, Nova Scotia.   It's the Learning Happy Hour Christmas special! Make your holidays more secure with URL Filtering and Palo Alto Networks!  Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player. 
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 08:29 AM
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Have you wanted to implement User-ID but assumed that doing so would require significant effort? Well, it doesn't have to! In this episode of Learning Happy Hour, we look at ways to make IP-User mappings for all sorts of devices using the XML-API and PAN-Python.   Click the arrow icon [ ↗ ] in the lower, right-hand corner of the video to watch the Learning Happy Hour episode in a new window and search the video in the full video player. 
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mdensley ‎05-22-2019 08:22 AM
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