Demilitarized Zone

Definition(s)


Demilitarized Zone

Perimeter network segment that is logically between internal and external networks [9].

  • NOTE: The purpose of a demilitarized zone is to enforce the internal network’s policy for external information exchange and to provide external, untrusted sources with restricted access to releasable information while shielding the internal network from outside attacks.
  • NOTE: In the context of industrial automation and control systems, the term “internal network” is typically applied to the network or segment that is the primary focus of protection. For example, a control network could be considered “internal” when connected to an “external” business network.

Source: ANSI/ISA–99.00.01–2007, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems, Part 1: Terminology, Concepts, and Models, 29 October 2007. National Standard