What is AWS Network Firewall?
What is AWS Network Firewall?

In this course, you will learn how to use AWS Network Firewalls to secure your VPCs.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what an AWS Network Firewall is
  • Learn the differences between Network Access Control List, Security Groups, and an AWS Network Firewall
  • Understand the options for deploying AWS Network Firewalls from Distributed, Centralized, and a combination of both
  • Learn how to centrally manage all AWS Network Firewalls using AWS Firewall Manager

Intended Audience

If you’re a Solution Architect, Cloud Engineer with a huge passion for learning new or existing features around AWS, then this course is for you.


  • Have prior AWS Console knowledge
  • Understand what a network firewall is
  • Basic understanding of how firewall rules work

AWS Network Firewall is a fully managed service, making it easy to deploy network level protection for your Amazon Virtual Private Clouds or VPCs. There is no infrastructure to manage and can quickly be deployed and set up with just a few clicks within the AWS console. AWS Network Firewall provides the flexibility when defining firewall rules, allowing fine grain control over your network traffic, and increasing your ability to stop or block unwanted traffic. 

AWS Network Firewall also provides a way to import existing rules written in common, open source platforms, including third party intelligent integration feed source by AWS partners. We'll be talking about different deployment models available, but it is important to note that in order to essentially manage all AWS network firewalls, this service seamlessly works together with AWS Firewall Manager within an AWS organization. To learn more about the AWS Firewall Manager, please see our existing course here. Technical use cases for AWS Network Firewall, or the inspection of VPC-to-VPC traffic, filtering outbound traffic, secure AWS Direct Connect, and VPN traffic, or even just filtering Internet traffic.


About the Author

Jon Myer, ex-amazonian and a Chief Evangelist at nOps. His passion for technology and creating content to educate others has evolved over the years.
He's also the host and creator behind the "Jon Myer Podcast" as a professional storyteller and podcaster, helping others bring their stories to life.