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Network Security with pfSense

By : Manuj Aggarwal
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Network Security with pfSense

By: Manuj Aggarwal

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (7 chapters)

Remote Connectivity with pfSense and IPsec

Welcome to this chapter on setting up remote connectivity with pfSense and IPsec VPN Tunnel. In the last chapter, you learned how you could configure pfSense as a load balancing router across multiple WANs. You also learned how to leverage this functionality and implement a failover mechanism for your ISP connections. In this chapter, you will learn about IPsec, its features, and how it is used. You'll also learn how to configure an IPsec VPN tunnel in the pfSense server.

Here are some of the key topics of this chapter:

  • IPsec and its key features
  • The different types of security association modes
  • A series of demonstrations that will give you practical insight into configuring an IPsec tunnel on the pfSense server

So, what are we waiting for? Let's get going.