CIS benchmark quickplay for rapid assessments of the NGFW

CIS Benchmark Report

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) provides a benchmark checklist to assess if a Palo Alto Networks NGFW meets their recommended security requirements.

The currently released benchmark is for PAN-OS 9.x (CIS Palo Alto Firewall 9 Benchmark version 1.0.0)

Instead of manually working through the checklist, this solution allows a user to query PAN-OS NGFW configuration and system information to determine alignment with the CIS benchmarks.


To get the full benefit of this assessment, API access to the NGFW is required. This allows the solution to query active system information such as license states and the currently installed list of PAN-DB URL categories.

API access can be direct to the NGFW or accessed through Panorama using the NGFW serial number.

Quick Start Options


panhandler 4.x or later is required to run this assessment and generate the output report

  • import this repository into panhandler
  • run the workflow skillet 'Run CIS benchmark assessment'
  • review the output report

Viewing the Assessment Report

The embedded report provides the following information

  • summary of test results by type
  • all benchmarks listed with Level and if scored per the CIS documentation
  • document link for each benchmark providing audit and remediation details
  • hovering over the result provides pop-up contextual information to assist with manual remediation where required

the result type 'action required' is used where manual investigation is required to determine benchmark results. Use the benchmark audit information contained in the documentation link

Known Limitations and Issues

  • Some of the benchmarks are not currently implemented either due to a requirement that is not specific to the NGFW implementation or requires select user input that may come in a future release. These are flagged with 'Action Required' and users should review the manual audit and remediation steps for these benchmarks
  • The current solution can pull NGFW information through a Panorama interface but does not currently support query of a Panorama configuration
  • The current solution does not provide automated remediation requiring users to review the manual remediation steps found in the benchmark documentation
  • The current solution is specific to PAN-OS 9.x. It can be used with a 10.x NGFW without guarantee that all results will be accurate due to feature support and config file format changes between releases

Support Policy

The code and templates in the repo are released under an as-is, best effort, support policy. These scripts should be seen as community supported and Palo Alto Networks will contribute our expertise as and when possible. We do not provide technical support or help in using or troubleshooting the components of the project through our normal support options such as Palo Alto Networks support teams, or ASC (Authorized Support Centers) partners and backline support options. The underlying product used (the VM-Series firewall) by the scripts or templates are still supported, but the support is only for the product functionality and not for help in deploying or using the template or script itself. Unless explicitly tagged, all projects or work posted in our GitHub repository (at or sites other than our official Downloads page on are provided under the best effort policy.

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