App Service with Application Gateway v2: High Security in Azure PaaS

Azure App Services (Web Apps) are publicly exposed to the Internet by default, accessible with their * URL. This means that anyone in the world can access your site simply by knowing its URL, including hackers and spammers.

We can secure our site by using an Application Gateway as a frontend. Azure App Gateway is an HTTP load balancer that allows you to manage traffic to your web apps. App Gateway operates at layer 7 (application layer) and can scan incoming requests using OWASP common vulnerabilities rule set and/or route based on URL syntax. The App Gateway offers many other features including DDoS protection:

Application Gateway v2 is currently in public preview with upcoming general availability. Organizations and individuals concerned with security/compliance in the cloud can leverage these services for an isolated environment where their backend Web App is entirely secured.

Here’s what it looks like: