What is the Best Practice Assessment Tool (BPA) and how do I use it?
In addition to an overview of the components of the tool and the interface, as an attendee you will learn how to use it to compare existing policies and configurations with best practices, assess the maturity and effectiveness of your security posture, and see how you are applying your security policies across the organization.
Join us to exchange experiences, as well as the best practices in using the BPA for Next-Generation Firewalls and Panorama.
Nick Curtis - @DawgsFan: Senior Program Manager for the Services Innovation Engineering Team. Nick has been on the team for 2 years working alongside a very talented group of product managers and engineers. One of the programs that SIET owns is the Best Practice Assessment tool.
Chadd Christensen - @cchristiansen: Product Manager for the Services Innovation Engineering Team. Chadd has been with the SIET team for 2 years, primarily responsible for Strata telemetry. Prior to SIET, Chadd spent 6 years with Palo Alto Networks in various roles within Global Customer Support.
Just a reminder, if you have any questions, you can post them here to be answered during the event OR you can use the online chat in the event.
We will also update this with all recording information once the event is complete.
Q: Where is the BPA data stored? (asked by Kelly Welch)
A: Only metadata is stored by Palo Alto Networks to track adoption trends and industry benchmarks. However, we do not store rule details or any sensitive customer information.
Q: Is there an example of BPA Prisma Access that you could share with me? (asked by @MonicaR )
A: Nick Curtis (@DawgsFan) answered this at 22:21 in the recording (see above). Under BPA report types, choose Prisma Access. It defaults to Strata.
Q: Can we use the BPA tool for a client demo?
A: Yes, feel free to download the sample documents located on our Best Practice Assessment (BPA) Tools page here: https://live.paloaltonetworks.com/t5/best-practice-assessment/ct-p/Best_Practice_Assessment
Q: Are there plans for a “BPA on steroids” version so VARs can add more value to running the BPA vs the customer running it themselves (integration with autoassistant to find bugs etc.)? (asked by @reaper )
A: We have a very large BPA roadmap to expand capabilities, where it is accessed from, filtering options and more. If you have any questions or new feature enhancements, please reach out to us at email@example.com
Q: How do you save the detailed HTML page? (asked by @GregTaylor )
A: When you generate the BPA, you will receive the detailed html in the BPA bundle. The bundle will Include your detailed html, failed best practice checks and a copy of your executive summary. The Executive summary will be saved internally, but it is recommended that you save all of the contents in your bundle locally for access. We don’t save it internally due to security and privacy.
Thanks for asking your question @slevine !
Response: Another resource is Getting Started with the BPA (https://docs.paloaltonetworks.com/best-practices/10-0/bpa-getting-started.html).