Define the Initial Internet Gateway Security Policy

The overall goal of a best practice internet gateway security policy is to use positive enforcement of allowed applications. However, it takes some time to identify exactly what applications are running on your network, which of these applications are critical to your business, and who the users are that need access to each one. The best way to accomplish the end goal of a policy rulebase that includes only application allow rules is to create an initial policy rulebase that liberally allows both the applications you officially provision for your users as well as other general business and, if appropriate, personal applications. This initial policy also includes additional rules that explicitly block known malicious IP addresses, bad applications as well as some temporary allow rules that are designed to help you refine your policy and prevent applications your users may need from breaking while you transition to the best practices.
To apply consistent security policy across multiple locations, you can reuse templates and template stacks so that the same policies apply to every internet gateway firewall at every location. The templates use variables to apply device-specific values such as IP addresses, FQDNs, etc., while maintaining a global security policy and reducing the number of templates and template stacks you need to manage.
The following topics describe how to create the initial rulebase and describe why each rule is necessary and what the risks are of not following the best practice recommendation:

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