pfSense tutorial: Configure pfSense as an SMB-caliber firewall

pfSense tutorial: Configure pfSense as an SMB-caliber firewall

Date: Sep 24, 2012

Imagine this scenario: Another business group in your midsize company needs some new network connectivity, but they also require a number of network security features, including an integrated access point, user authentication, VPN capabilities, and a firewall to separate a certain group from the rest of the network. Oh, and they also want access to Snort and Nmap. Luckily, pfSense offers all of these features along with a number of customization options.

In this SearchSecurity.com screencast, Keith Barker, CISSP and  trainer for CBT Nuggets, provides a brief tutorial of pfSense, a free, open source firewall based on FreeBSD. Barker walks viewers through a configuration of pfSense and shows how to use its main features, including stateful packet filtering. For user authentication, options like RADIUS and 802.1X are easily available. For VPN capabilities, users have both SSL and IPsec at their disposal. PfSense also offers plenty of output reporting that shows exactly what is happening with the firewall. It even installs in a swift 3-4 minutes in most cases. With this pfSense overview, viewers will be able to configure pfSense and maximize this free firewall's benefits.

About CBT NuggetsCBTNuggets
CBT Nuggets is a computer-based technology company specializing in cutting edge online IT training. Founded in 1999 by current CEO Dan Charbonneau, CBT Nuggets provides quick, easy and affordable learning by renowned instructors for individuals, small teams and large organizations. CBT Nuggets also offers a wealth of free videos on a variety of IT topics on the CBT Nuggets YouTube video channel.

About Keith Barker
Keith Barker, a trainer for CBT Nuggets, has more than 27 years of IT experience. He is a double CCIE and has been named a Cisco Designated VIP. Keith is also the author of numerous Cisco Press books and articles.

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