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Brief Description

The K-12 Skillet is intended to help enable a safe and secure internet experience. The features and options are meant to help easily enable Safe Search features across the institution without having to manually configure and audit devices.


Target Audience

K-12 users or other entities that want to implement Safe Search features


Solution Details

Documentation: https://github.com/PaloAltoNetworks/K12Skillet/blob/master/README.md

Github Location: https://github.com/PaloAltoNetworks/K12Skillet

Github Branches: master

PAN-OS Supported: 9.0, 9.1

Type of Skillet: panos/xml, python

Collections: Education
Purpose: enable a safe and security internet experience for K12 users


Features Included

Builds on the IronSkillet configurations

Dynamic configuration based on the desired Safe Search deployment:

  • Transparent - SSL inspection with NGFW enforced Safe Search
  • DNS-Proxy - NGFW responds to Google and Bing search engine requests with Safe Search only server IPs
  • Local DNS CNAME - Limits outbound DNS requests to sanctioned internal DNS servers with Google and Bing Safe Search configurations

Additional Safe Search information can be found at: https://docs.paloaltonetworks.com/pan-os/9-0/pan-os-admin/url-filtering/safe-search-enforcement.html


Optional country block: Only allows IPs from US, Mexico, Canada, and cloud providers (based on EDL)

K-12 Reports


Targeted decryption policies to help enable SSL Decryption adoption and limit risk



Threat, URL, and WildFire subscriptions
Panhandler or other skillet-supported applications

How to use

The K-12 Skillet is intended to be used with Panhandler. Both configuration options can be found under the Education Skillet Collection once they are imported into Panhandler.


Panhandler Skillet Collections - Education CollectionPanhandler Skillet Collections - Education Collection


There are two different methods of deploying the configuration:


1) Full Workbook deployment - Single workflow that launches all three Skillet components



2) 3-Step deployment - Manually run through Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3

Complete k12 Workflow 3-step deploymentComplete k12 Workflow 3-step deployment


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