Security differences: Proxy vs. Firewall

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I've been doing some security research for one of my coworkers and I figured out that putting a 'proxy' refers to that "man in the middle" by allowing/denying access to certain resources.

In terms of security, does proxy add added security (compared to a firewall)?

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  • Kevin Beaver
    A proxy adds functionality and facilitation. It's not necessarily going to do what a firewall does (full packet inspection, throttling, blocking, etc.). You'll sometimes find proxying capabilities built into firewalls themselves but they're often separate systems.

    In the end, you have to ask/answer: what's the business case and what are you trying to accomplish?
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