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AWS Network Firewall Now Generally Available

Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Tuesday announced the general availability of AWS Network Firewall, a managed security service designed to help customers protect their virtual networks.

AWS Network Firewall can easily be enabled from the AWS Console for specified virtual private cloud (VPC) environments, and the company says there are no extra charges for users — customers pay for the service based on hours deployed and gigabytes processed.

AWS launches Network Firewall

The service allows users to import existing rules from AWS security partners, including Fortinet, CrowdStrike, Trend Micro and Alert Logic. Other companies that have built integrations with the new service include Check Point, Accenture, Rackspace, Splunk, SumoLogic, Tufin, IBM and Palo Alto Networks.

Customers can configure the service to automatically send data to S3, Cloudwatch and Kinesis Data Firehose for more visibility and auditing purposes.

AWS noted that the Network Firewall service allows customers to deploy granular network protections without the need to manage additional infrastructure. Protections include dynamic packet filtering, web filtering, as well as intrusion prevention and detection.

AWS Network Firewall is currently available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Dublin) regions, but the cloud giant has promised to expand it to other regions as well in the upcoming period.

“When we talk to customers about what they want in a cloud network firewall they tell us that they want network protections that work with their existing security systems and without the headache of managing the underlying infrastructure,” said Steve Schmidt, the CISO of AWS. “AWS Network Firewall provides scalable network protections that allow customers to deploy highly customizable rules for their entire AWS infrastructure, and integrates with many of the APN partner services that customers already use. Best of all, there’s no need to configure or maintain additional infrastructure.”

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.