Chapter14.Securing Web (HTTP) Traffic

Chapter 14. Securing Web (HTTP) Traffic


  • Outlining the Inherent Threat in Web Traffic

  • Publishing and Customizing Web Server Publishing Rules

  • Configuring SSL-to-SSL Bridging for Secured Websites

  • Securing Access to SharePoint 2003 Sites with ISA 2004

  • Summary

  • Best Practices

Although ISA Server 2004 is designed to handle any type of network traffic, it does particularly well in the filtering and securing of the Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP), the most common protocol used on the Internet and the transport mechanism for delivering website information, pictures, and video across the Internet.

ISA Server 2004's Application layer filtering technologies enable organizations to properly secure their outward-facing web services from external attacks such as Code Red, Nimbda, and future HTTP-based exploits yet to be written. Although standard packet filter firewalls are limited to opening a port for HTTP, ISA Server 2004 includes the capability to filter the HTTP traffic by host header, path, content type, HTTP commands, and a whole host of other filter options.

In addition to providing for secure web filtering options as an edge firewall, ISA Server 2004 also provides for robust reverse proxy options in the DMZ of an existing firewall, allowing for additional layers of protection and providing for capabilities such as end-to-end SSL encryption, link translation, and more.

This chapter focuses on ISA Server 2004's HTTP securing capabilities. ISA deployment scenarios as an edge firewall and a reverse-proxy server are outlined, and step-by-step guides for securing web servers, SharePoint sites, and other custom web applications are outlined.

    Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration ISA Server 2004 Unleashed
    Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Unleashed
    ISBN: 067232718X
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2005
    Pages: 216
    Authors: Michael Noel

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