Friday, May 14, 2010

DeMilitarized Zone (DMZ)

Most of the time, your webserver or application server is protected by a firewall that limits external traffic to your server. To improve security even more, an additional firewall can be installed between the webserver and the internal network, which includes the data being served. In most cases, this will be the database server.

The area between the two firewalls is called the DeMilitarized Zone or DMZ. When an intruder manages to compromise the web server, he still has to find a way to circumvent the inner firewall to actually get to the internal network or data.

Here is an PDF-article that explains how to design a DMZ for your network. More information about DMZ can be found here at Wikipedia.

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