Use an open source firewall and features such as failover, load balancer, OpenVPN, IPSec, and Squid to protect your network
Explore pfSense, a trusted open source network security solution
Configure pfSense as a firewall and create and manage firewall rules
Test pfSense for failover and load balancing across multiple WAN connections
While connected to the internet, you’re a potential target for an array of cyber threats, such as hackers, keyloggers, and Trojans that attack through unpatched security holes. A firewall works as a barrier (or shield’) between your computer and cyberspace. pfSense is highly versatile firewall software. With thousands of enterprises using pfSense, it is fast becoming the world’s most trusted open source network security solution.
Network Security with pfSense begins with an introduction to pfSense, where you will gain an understanding of what pfSense is, its key features, and advantages. Next, you will learn how to configure pfSense as a firewall and create and manage firewall rules. As you make your way through the chapters, you will test pfSense for failover and load balancing across multiple wide area network (WAN) connections. You will then configure pfSense with OpenVPN for secure remote connectivity and implement IPsec VPN tunnels with pfSense. In the concluding chapters, you’ll understand how to configure and integrate pfSense as a Squid proxy server.
By the end of this book, you will be able to leverage the power of pfSense to build a secure network.
What you will learn
Understand what pfSense is, its key features, and advantages
Configure pfSense as a firewall
Set up pfSense for failover and load balancing
Connect clients through an OpenVPN client
Configure an IPsec VPN tunnel with pfSense
Integrate the Squid proxy into pfSense
Who this book is for
Network Security with pfSense is for IT administrators, security administrators, technical architects, chief experience officers, and individuals who own a home or small office network and want to secure it.