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Guidelines on Firewalls and Firewall Policy

Published

Author(s)

John P. Wack, Ken Cutler, Jamie Pole

Abstract

[Superseded by SP 800-41 Rev. 1 (September 2009): http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=901083] This document provides introductory information about firewalls and firewall policy. It addresses concepts relating to the design selection, deployment, and management of firewalls and firewall environments. It is an update to NIST Special Publication 10, Keeping Your Cite Comfortably Secure: An Introduction To Firewall Technology. This document covers IP filtering with more recently worked policy recommendations, and deals generally with hybrid firewalls that can filter packets and perform application gateway services. This document also contains specific recommendations for policy as well as a simple methodology for creating firewall policy.
Citation
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-41
Report Number
800-41

Keywords

active content, DMZ, firewall, intrusion detection, packet filtering
Created January 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017