Zero Trust with Reverse Proxy

GCP Comics #8 Security with reverse proxy

Priyanka Vergadia
Google Cloud - Community
2 min readJun 28, 2021


A reverse proxy stands in front of your data, services, or virtual machines, catching requests from anywhere in the world and carefully checking each one to see if it is allowed.

In order to decide (yes or no) the proxy will look at who and what.

  • Who are you (the individual making the request)? Do you have access permission (authorization)?
  • What are you using to make the request? How healthy is your device right now? What location are you at? At what time are you making the request?

This issue of GCP Comics presents an example of accessing some rather confidential data from an airplane, and uses that airplane as a metaphor to explain what the proxy is doing.

Zero Trust with Reverse Proxy

Reverse proxies work as part of the load balancing step when requests are made to web apps or services, and they can be thought of as another element of the network infrastructure that helps route requests to the right place. If the request is invalid, either because it is from an unauthorized person or an unsafe device, then the proxy may deny the request.

Why might the proxy say no to my request?

  • I’m in Engineering, but I am trying to access Finance data.
  • I’m not even a part of the company.
  • My job changed, and I lost access.

Looking at the device originating the request, the proxy could deny access due to:

  • Device operating system out of date
  • Malware detected
  • Device hasn’t checked in recently
  • Local software agents are not working properly
  • Disk encryption missing
  • Device doesn’t have screen lock


For more on proxies and Zero Trust, check out the following resources:

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Priyanka Vergadia
Google Cloud - Community

Developer Advocate @Google, Artist & Traveler! Twitter @pvergadia