Crash Course: Manage Network Security With pfSense Firewall

Use an open source firewall to protect your network. Use features like Failover, Load Balancer, OpenVPN, IPSec, Squid
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Crash Course: Manage Network Security With pfSense Firewall
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (714 ratings)
15,316 students
Understand pfSense, its features and benefits
Configure pfSense as a firewall
Get familiar with other advanced features of pfSense like failover, load balancing, VPN connectivity

Requirements

  • Basic knowledge about networking concepts
  • Basic knowledge about IT and security protocols
  • Basic knowledge about remote connectivity mechanisms like VPN
  • Desire to learn something new and make this world a better and safe place
Description

According to a recent study conducted by a major Cyber Security firm, less than half the online population understands the term "Firewalls" - or know if they have one enabled on their PC.

Firewalls are even more important in a corporate or work environment. It not only keeps the corporate network safe - but can also optimize traffic routing and provide a whole range of other benefits.

If you are connected to the Internet, you are a potential target to an array of cyber threats, such as hackers, keyloggers, and Trojans that attack through unpatched security holes. This means that if you, like most people shop and bank online, are vulnerable to identity theft and other malicious attacks.

A firewall works as a barrier, or a shield, between your PC and cyberspace. When you are connected to the Internet, you are continually sending and receiving information in small units called packets. The firewall filters these packets to see if they meet certain criteria set by a series of rules, and after that blocks or allows the data. This way, hackers cannot get inside and steal information such as bank account numbers and passwords from you.

Basic firewalls such as the one included in your operating systems, only monitor incoming traffic by default. This may give you a false sense of security. Keep in mind, outgoing traffic, with your credit card information, bank accounts, and social security number is not protected. A good firewall will monitor traffic in both directions. That is, both your incoming data and your outgoing data, keeping your private information safe. In addition to preventing unauthorized access to your PC, it also makes your PC invisible when you're online, helping prevent attempted intrusions in the first place.

Firewalls are one of the most critical parts of a network. It’s the first line of defense that your system has against attacks or unwanted visitors, and it makes all the difference in ensuring your data is protected. pfSense is a highly versatile, open source routing and firewall software. With thousands of enterprises using pfSense software, it is fast the world's most trusted open source network security solution.

pfSense has all of the features you would find in a commercial firewall solution and more, and it is absolutely free! Better yet, you can customize pfSense based on your organization’s requirements and create a unique solution that is perfect for you.

  • Do you know what it takes to install and configure a sophisticated firewall? 
  • How do you scale your firewall from a small home office to a large corporation’s network? 
  • How do you implement security features like VPN, remote access and corporate web proxy?

These are some of the fundamental problems IT engineers struggle with on a daily basis.

In this course, you’ll learn about pfSense, all of its key features, how you can install and deploy it, as well as the different tasks you can perform.

  • You’ll learn about pfSense
  • You will gain an understanding of what pfSense is, its key features and advantages.
  • You will learn how to configure pfSense as a firewall and create and manage firewall rules.
  • pfSense is capable of working with multiple ISP connections and provide you this redundancy. You will learn to configure and test pfSense for failover and load balancing across multiple WAN connections.
  • Besides that, secure remote connectivity is also a critical feature for many businesses and professionals. You will dive into configuring pfSense a free and robust remote connectivity solutions using OpenVPN and IPSec
  • Finally, you’ll learn how to configure and integrate pfSense as a Squid proxy server.

if you are serious about architecting, deploying and operating enterprise grade firewalls – then this course is for you.

These IT and security skills are in great demand, but there’s no easy way to acquire this knowledge. Rather than rely on hit and trial method, this course will provide you with all the information you need to get started with your interoperability requirements.

Startups and technology companies pay big bucks for IT engineers and contractors with the talent to secure their infrastructure required for today's ever complex networks. They demand knowledge and experience in these technologies.

When you become skilled at these technologies - you can demand top dollar for your abilities.

  • Do you want the skills to be highly sought after? 
  • Do you want your career to touch cloud 9?

Did you answer, “Absolutely” to that question? If so, then our new training program “Managing Network Security with pfSense Firewall" is for you.

Look, if you're serious about becoming an expert cloud engineer and generating a greater income for you and your family, it’s time to take action. 

Let’s do this together!    

Who this course is for:
  • IT administrators
  • Security administrators
  • Anyone running a home or small office network
  • Technical architects
  • Founders and CXOs
Curriculum
4 sections • 19 lectures • 1h 20m total length
  • Becoming an Online Instructor
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Course overview
  • Why learn pfSense
  • Download course resouces
  • Get ready for pfSense
  • Get introduced to pfSense
  • Introduction to pfSense
  • pfSense hardware requirements
  • Deploy virtual machine for pfSense
  • Install pfSense
  • pfSense features
  • pfSense as a firewall
  • pfSense load balancing and failover
  • Get familiar with OpenVPN
  • pfSense and OpenVPN
  • Handout
  • Test your knowledge
  • There is more!!
  • Thanks! (bonus lecture)

Instructors
REAL KNOWLEDGE. REAL EXPERIENCE. REAL VALUE.
TetraNoodle Team
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At TetraNoodle Technologies and its education arm - TetraTutorials, we work with several startups and build small to very high scale cloud solutions every day. We know what it takes to do this well. 
 
We strive to put all our hands-on experience into these courses. Instead of superficial knowledge - we go into the depth of the topic and give you the exact - step by step blueprint on how to tame these complex topics in easy and digestible bite-sized videos. This real world knowledge enables you to grasp these concepts easily, and you can apply this learning immediately into your projects.

TetraNoodle technologies has been in the software business since 2001. We have been part of many prestigious projects and startups. Over the course of these years - we have gained a good insight into what makes for flexible, scalable and robust software solutions. We are passionate about sharing all our collective knowledge with you. As of mid-2017, we have already taught over TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND students and counting.

From $2/day to boardrooms of the Fortune 500. Read my story
Manuj Aggarwal
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I grew up in a small town in India. A friendly child, my home was troubled. I withdrew into my shell, becoming aloof and angry. At age 15, I started working in a factory where I labored 12 hours/day with only $2 as a daily salary.


LAST CHANCE BLOWN

Reading business magazines in the factory corner, a dream was born. Could I improve my life? Feeling certain I was destined for freedom, for a 15-year old - it seemed like a pipe dream. Education was the only way out. My friends left for college, but I couldn’t afford to pay. Had I blown my last chance?


A YEAR’S SALARY

In 1995, a new computer institute threw its doors open in our town. Tuition was greater than a year’s salary, but I scraped together funds for the first class where I found my passion: programming. I met my wife there and we fell madly in love. Our marriage was disapproved of! Ultimately I had to run away from home with only a suitcase full of clothes. After our marriage, we traveled to Canada and started a new life.


THE NEW LIFE

I had no contacts or resources, but I was determined to improve my life. I realized education and the right training was the only way for me to achieve my goals.

Somehow I managed to acquire modest education.

From there I went on to become a technical leader and CTO in multiple startups.

All this happened because of education and training. So I am very passionate about learning and sharing knowledge.


I favor pragmatic solutions over complex ones.

I favor scrappiness over lavishness.

I favor fast execution over endless deliberation.

I favor serving the CUSTOMER over my own desires to build something cool.

I favor bending the rules (without breaking them) over abiding by them.

I believe in the resiliency and adaptability of the human race, and I know we can overcome any challenge if we work together.



Harini Srikanth Tetra TA 1
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I'm a technical aficionado, with core passion towards learning and teaching new technologies. I strongly believe in sharing knowledge is growing knowledge.

I'm in the software profession for the past 5 years and have my fair pick of exposure to various technologies with core concentration on SAP. I did a brief stint of 4 years with an global fortune 500 MNC, who is also an industrial mammoth.

To realign my professional stream with knowledge domain, currently I perform the role of Software engineer/content developer consultant for TetraNoodle Technologies. We work with various startups on cutting-edge and interesting use cases. 

As part of my profession I concentrate on creating and streamlining courses, that help technical enthusiasts to understand and apply latest technologies, products and domain subjects. 

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Mamta Shanware Tetra TA2
Mamta Shanware
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An IT professional transitioned into a technical content developer, my work includes papers on various topics related to software, engineering as well as business management. I am mostly involved in technical content development projects for e-Learning industry with courses based on cutting-edge technologies, tools and frameworks.