Posts Tagged ‘Security Manager’
FireMon announced the release of Security Manager version 6.1 yesterday. We are extremely excited about the new features and functionality that are a part of this release, which further extend FireMon’s unparalleled ability to strengthen both operational effectiveness and security posture. One feature that we are particularly keen on is the new Access Path Analysis (APA). Leveraging the patent-pending FireMon behavior analysis framework, IT personnel can both proactively predict and forensically record the flow of packets through network configurations and obtain detailed path analysis – including routes, interfaces, firewall and NAT rules that a packet encounters while traversing the network. Access Path Analysis uses the behavior of normal traffic as it traverses the network to understand what vectors and/or behaviors could allow malicious traffic to find critical assets. This allows more effective risk analysis and better informed remediation activities.
The 6.1 release includes additional features, including FireMon Insight, Device Packs and a new FireMon Query Language (FMQL) API. FireMon Insight is a real-time dashboard of all your security configurations. Insight consumes the configurations of all major firewall vendors and presents data across all of them in a single, customizable dashboard. There is a critical need to transform configuration data into a usable form that can be quickly digested and acted upon. Insight enables security practitioners to quickly get the results of your queries even across hundreds of thousands of rules and millions of objects in multi-vendor environments. Turn those queries into meaningful, automatically generated security metrics in a matter of seconds. Device packs will enable FIreMon to add support for new devices quicker and not require an upgrade to Security Manager. The FMQL API will enable large organizations with a development staff or managed service providers to pull FireMon data and analysis into other systems. You can learn about all of these new features here, and read what Dark Reading wrote about the release as well.
Lately, there has been a lot of discussion and interest on the blog around Firemon’s new Risk Analyzer product. While we are excited about bringing the fastest patented risk analysis and reduction engine to the market, we haven’t stopped developing new features in our flagship Security Manager product. The latest 5.3 release added support for both Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall appliances and Fortinet firewall appliances, including support for Fortnet’s Virtual Domain (VDOM) technology. Firemon continues to be a customer focused organization, and we are excited to add support for these great products as requested by our customers.
We are also very excited about the future direction of Security Manager. Stay tuned for more updates around the integration of Risk Analyzer into Security Manager, and the awesome functionality that will provide organizations in proactively knowing what risks they could introduce when adding or changing firewall or network access rules. In a recent survey conducted by Ernst & Young, only 49% of respondents stated that their information security function is meeting the needs of the organization. The combination of Security Manager and Risk Analyzer enable any security group to quickly and easily know the status of their security posture, and to validate that their information security investment is in fact meeting the needs of the organization.