What is a “Swiss Style Web Entry Server”?

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A reverse proxy with WAF filtering capacities and centrally managed authentication/authorization services for controlling the access to web applications.

Such an access infrastructure might elsewhere also be known as WAM/WAF combination (WAM: Web Access Management) or application access gateway server.

The term “Web Entry Server” is mainly used in the German speaking part of Europe and signifies that it is the central entrance point through which all web applications must be accessed.

Such solutions originated in Swiss Banking which additionally required an appropriately designed hardened DMZ infrastructure, capable of hosting high security applications like Internet banking. The separated placement of public and non-public application is an important security measure by its own.

Public applications are exposed to the whole world compared to applications with identified users or customers. Strict network separation prevents that a hacked public application would be a stepping stone to other applications.

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