UAB IT’s new firewall posture — known as “default-deny” — has significantly reduced potential outside attacks on the UAB network.
The new posture, “default-deny,” is a best practice for enterprise environments protect the campus community and better screen out unwanted or unexpected network activity.
UAB’s attack surface has now dwindled from about 100,000 IP addresses to a little more than 2,100. Of those, most are publicly accessible web services or applications needed for University business, academic resources, collaboration or research.
This success of the new default-deny project is a result of co-authorship and partnership with IT professionals across campus.
The change does not impact any servers or services located within the UAB Health System network, as HSIS utilizes the default-deny firewall policy for their network segment.
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