The BPA for next-generation firewalls and Panorama evaluates a device’s configuration by measuring the adoption of capabilities, validating whether the policies adhere to best practices, and providing recommendations and instructions for how to remediate failed best practice checks.

The Security Policy Adoption Heatmap component filters the information by device groups, serial numbers, zones, areas of architecture, and other categories. The results include trending data, which shows the rate of security improvement as you adopt new capabilities, fix gaps, and progress toward a Zero Trust network.

The BPA component performs more than 200 security checks on a firewall or Panorama configuration and provides a pass/fail score for each check. Each check is a best practice identified by Palo Alto Networks security experts. If a check returns a failing score, the tool provides the justification for the failing score and how to fix the issue.