Distil Networks' Universal Access Control Lists: Overview & Walkthrough

October 26, 2016
Use Distil's Universal Access Control List (ACL) to blacklist and whitelist access to your protected web and API domains. Rather than manually tailoring an ACL for each new domain, simply create a universal ACL, configure the access rule(s), and add the domain(s) to the list. For all of your APIs, websites, and web apps, this helps to: • Block all attempts by malicious users • Allow all attempts by approved users In addition to simply tracking by IP address, the Universal ACL lets you globally blacklist or whitelist by: • Organization (Amazon, Rackspace, etc). • Country • HTTP header • User agent • API token • Device ID (Distil-generated) • HTTP referrer The ACL dashboard within the Distil Portal provides all of the necessary tools you’ll need to manage your ACLs with Distil, including: • Search across all of your ACLs for a specific data point, such as an ACL name and rule value. • Delete a single ACL or multiple ACLs directly within the ACL dashboard. • And browse through the pages of your ACL. NOTE: Pagination begins at 11 ACLs. Ready to start? Click Create a New ACL to open a blank ACL. Enter a name for your ACL and click Save Access Control List. The portal will show a confirmation message, and your new ACL will appear on the ACL dashboard. Now that you’ve created an ACL, tailor it with associated rules to blacklist and whitelist access. 1. Click + Create or Upload Rule(s). 2. Select an option from the Rule Type dropdown menu and enter a value in the corresponding field. NOTE: The option you select from the Rule Type dropdown creates a corresponding value. For example, choosing IP Address creates an IP. Addresses field where you can enter a single or multiple IP addresses. Choosing Country creates a Country field where you can enter a country code. 3. Set Access Rights, either Whitelist or Blacklist. 4. In the Notes field, enter any relevant notes about the associate rule. 5. Click Save Rule(s) . Alternatively, you can set multiple rules at a time by uploading a .CSV file. Now that you’ve tailored the ACL with associated rules, assign it to specific paths, including entire domains, specific paths, and API endpoints. 1. Click Add Path. 2. Enter a domain in the Domain field. 3. If adding a specific path, enter the path in the Enter path field. If adding the entire domain, leave the Enter path field blank and select the Include ALL paths checkbox. Keep in mind, setting an associated rule to an associated path overrides any associated rules set for an entire domain. 4. Click Save Path. Now that you’ve created a library of ACLs, each configured with its own associated rules and associated paths, manage it using your ACL dashboard. Select one or more ACLs to delete them, or edit basic rule settings, including type, access rights, and notes. And use the Search field to search for and manage specific ACLs. For more information on Distil, check out www.distilnetworks.com
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