Recently, Microsoft has disclosed the new Premium tier for Azure firewall and considers it as a next- generation firewall for highly sensitive and regulated environments. Let us check out what are all the new features and capabilities added to the Azure Firewall premium.

Table of Content

  • What is Azure Firewall
  • Features of Azure Firewall Premium
  • Deploy and Configure Azure Firewall Premium
  • Azure Firewall Pricing
  • Conclusion

What is Azure Firewall?

Azure Firewall is a cloud-based network security service to prevent and secure the Azure virtual network resources. To protect resources, it uses a static public IP address for virtual network resources so that outside firewalls can easily identify the traffic originating from that particular virtual network.

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Azure Firewall Features

  • Built-in high availability
  • Availability Zones
  • Network traffic filtering rules
  • FQDN tags
  • Service tags
  • Unrestricted cloud scalability
  • Application FQDN filtering rules
  • Threat intelligence
  • Multiple public IP addresses
  • Azure Monitor logging
  • Forced tunneling
  • Outbound SNAT support
  • Inbound DNAT support
  • Web categories (preview)
  • Certifications

What are the Newly Introduced Security Features of Azure Firewall?

  • Azure Firewall service expanded to three new public regions including Bazil Southeast, US West, and Jio India West.
  • Azure Firewall Premium SKU now supports auto-generated self-signed certificates
  • Secure Hub now supports Availability Zones
  • Azure Firewall can now be deployed without public IP in Forced Tunnel mode

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Azure Firewall Architecture

Amazing Features of Azure Firewall Premium

    • Transport Layer Security Inspection – The premium version of Azure Firewall decrypts outbound traffic, performs the needful security functions and re-crypt the traffic sent to the original destination.
    • Intrusion Detection & Prevention System (IDPS) – The premium-tiered firewall provides signature- based IDPS for detecting attacks by observing specific patterns or known malicious instructions sequence used by malware such as byte sequence in network traffic.
    • Web Categories – The premium version lets administrators allow/deny user access to the internet-based categories to minimize the time spent on managing individual fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) and URLs.Azure Firewall Standard contains web categories, but it’s more fine-tuned in Azure Firewall Premium Preview.
    • URL Filtering – This is an amazing capability added to Azure Firewall premium version. It lets users access specific URLs for both encrypted traffic and plain text, especially being used in congestion with the web categories. It also restricts access to web content using built-in URL filtering and enhances content filtering capabilities using web categories feature.

At present, Azure Firewall Premium is in public preview. It is not recommended for production workloads and is provided without any service level agreement. Certain features are not supported in the preview. Moreover, premium-tiered firewalls are also compatible with the standard-tiered policies.

With the arrival of Azure Firewall Premium in the market, Azure is consigning the setup of the new features to Firewall Policy only. Nonetheless, the cloud-claimed Firewalls Rules (Classic) will keep on being upheld and will be utilized for configuring existing features of Standard Firewall.

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Deploy and Configure Azure Firewall Premium

Azure Firewall Premium Preview uses Firewall Policy, a worldwide asset that can be utilized to deal with your firewalls utilizing Azure Firewall Manager. In this release, all new features are configurable through Firewall Policy only. Firewall Rules (classic) keep on being supported and can be utilized to configure existing Standard Firewall features. Firewall Policy can be overseen freely or with Azure Firewall Manager. A firewall strategy related to a single firewall has no charge.

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PreRequisites
To deploy and configure Azure Firewall Premium, you must have an Azure account before you begin.

How to Deploy the Infrastructure?

The template deploys a complete environment for Azure Firewall Premium testing empowered with IDPS, TLS Inspection, URL Filtering, and Web Categories:

  • A new Azure Firewall Premium and Firewall Policy with predefined settings to permit simple approval of its capabilities (IDPS, TLS Inspection, URL Filtering, and Web Categories)
  • Deploys all dependencies including Key Vault and a Managed Identity. These resources can be created in the production environment therefore not needed in the same template.
  • Produces self-signed Root CA and deploys it on the created Key Vault
  • Creates a derived Intermediate CA and deploys it on a Windows test virtual machine (WorkerVM)
  • A Bastion Host (BastionHost) is additionally deployed and can be utilized to interface with the Windows testing machine (WorkerVM)

Azure Firewall Pricing

Azure Firewall is an overseen cloud-based network security administration that protects your Azure Virtual Network assets. It can be deployed, requires zero maintenance charge, and is accessible with unrestricted cloud scalability. Setting up an Azure Firewall is simple; with a fixed and variable fee.

Also, you can apply filters to explore customized pricing option depending on regions across the world by clicking here

Region: Central US

Azure Firewall Premium Vs Standard

Standard
Premium
Deployment
$1.25 per deployment hour
$0.875 per deployment hour
Data Processing
$0.016 per GB processed
$0.008 per GB processed

Azure Firewall Standard Vs Premium with Secured Virtual Hub

Standard
Premium
Secured Virtual Hubs Deployments
$1.25 per deployment hour
$0.875 per deployment hour
Secured Virtual Hubs Data Processed
$0.016 per GB processed
$0.008 per GB processed

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Conclusion
Microsoft keeps coming up with new versions of its services and products on regular basis. Through Azure, it wants to ease the work culture in the corporate world and boost productivity.

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