IPFire was designed with both modularity and a high-level of flexibility in mind. You can easily deploy many variations of it, such as a firewall, a proxy server or a VPN gateway. The modular design ensures that it runs exactly what you've configured it for and nothing more. Everything is simple to manage and update through the package manager, making maintenance a breeze.
The IPFire development team understands that security means different things to different people and certainly can change over time. The fact that IPFire is modular and flexible make it perfect for integrating into any existing security architecture. Don't forget that ease-of-use is a key principle. If all this sounds a little too much for you, IPFire comes with great default settings out-of-the-box, meaning it's a snap to get going quickly!
The primary objective of IPFire is security. As there is of course no one, single way to achieve network security, it is important for a network administrator to understand their environment and what the term security means in the context of their own network. IPFire forms the base of a secure network. It has the power to segment networks based on their respective security levels and makes it easy to create custom policies that manage each segment (see the Firewall page for more information).
Security of the modular components is a top priority. Updates are digitally signed and encrypted, as well as can be automatically installed by Pakfire (the IPFire package management system). Since IPFire is typically directly connected to the Internet, it is going to be a primary target for hackers and other threats. The simple Pakfire package manager helps administrators feel confident that they are running the latest security updates and bug fixes for all of the components they utilize.