CrowdSec crowd security service

Strength in Numbers

Instances and Bouncers

Once the local CrowdSec instance is configured, you can connect it to the service by typing something like:

cscli console enroll cl5zgf4qs00 030wjqmvrt7s30

The web console must be running on the computer, and you need to be authenticated. After that, you will see that instance under Instances in the web interface. Clicking Accept adds it to the interface. From this moment on you can see the status of the server. Security information about the connected server can be obtained with Alerts , and Activity shows the last actions you have performed (e.g., to which servers you connected).

Bouncers block the attacks detected by CrowedSec. You must install these on the server. With Windows, for example, the bouncer for Windows Firewall manages and automatically updates rules for blocking suspicious IP addresses. Windows also requires the .NET6 framework. The full installation files are on the GitHub page [3]. The bouncer configuration is described in more detail online [4].


Cybercriminals often act as a group. One way of combating attackers is to join a community yourself and leverage the information gathered by all of its members. Systems such as CrowdSec support most Linux distributions and Windows. As shown here, however, some manual reconfiguration work is required.

The Author

Thomas Joos is a freelance IT consultant and has been working in IT for more than 20 years. In addition, he writes hands-on books and papers on Windows and other Microsoft topics. Online you can meet him on

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