Security Needs Management


FireMon Booth at the InfoSec Europe Show

FireMon Booth at the InfoSec Europe Show 2011

I am in London this week, attending the InfoSec Europe show.  Being on the show floor, I have had the opportunity to speak with a number of people from a wide range of companies.  Irrespective of  title or industry there is one constant: security needs management.  In each of these conversations, as we share what solutions FireMon provides, the responses vary, but the sentiment is the same:  “FireMon is something we need.”


A very good example of this was a conversation I had with a services company about their pain points.  Managing over 500 firewalls, they know there are significant issues that need to be addressed.  In their words:  “With such a complex environment, we know there are issues that we need identify and remediate.  We believe we could consolidate our security infrastructure by up to 40% if only we knew what each firewall is truly doing.”

There are a lot of capabilities in the FireMon solution, but one of the core building blocks of the system is its analysis capabilities to provide visibility into firewall behavior.  To Identify technical issues, like ineffective rules or functional issues and  rules that are unused.  Firemon’s ability to analyze traffic behavior through the firewall to understand how it is being used.  Finally our ability to perform all functions of policy analysis from basic behavior searching to complex virtual testing.  These are the tools necessary to shine a light on firewall configuration, to understand how it behaves and how it can be improved.

The specific needs vary from customer to customer, but the general message is consistent:  security needs management.

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About Jody Brazil

As Founder and CEO of FireMon, Jody Brazil is a seasoned entrepreneur with more than two decades of executive management experience and deep domain expertise in all aspects of networking, including network security design, network security assessment, and security product implementation. Before joining FireMon in 2004, Brazil spent eight years at FishNet Security, serving as Chief Technology Officer, where he was responsible for providing direction for solutions to their customers. Previously, he was president and founder of Beta Technologies, a Network Services and Internet Application Development company. A few of Brazil’s major accomplishments include his implementation of the first load balanced deployment of Check Point firewall software in 1997. A year later he engineered the security solution that allowed, for the first time, the transfer of criminal history data over the Internet as approved by the FBI. Brazil then released the first ever graphical firewall policy change view in 2001 and the first ever firewall rule usage analysis application in 2004.

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