For hardcore fans of Formula One auto racing, aside from the thrill of the involved speed and pageantry, one of the most compelling aspects of the wildly popular sport lies in the marriage and continued advancement of human and technical expertise.
Heading into the 2014 season, F1 has once again altered its technical “formula”, requiring teams to adopt new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines as opposed to the naturally aspirated 2.4 liter V8s that they’ve run since 2006.
Understandably, this significant change to the central aspect of the world’s most advanced race cars created a massive technical challenge for even the foremost teams, among them Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault (including 4-times consecutive champions Red Bull Racing).
As engineers and drivers have put their newly configured machines through testing over the last few weeks, there have been a lot of teething issues and resulting black fumes of engine smoke. Countless sensors on each engine are being monitored constantly to gather information regarding failures and empower useful engineering revisions.
Similarly, today’s IT security practitioners and solutions providers are constantly reformulating the makeup and implementation of engines used to assess and manage IT security infrastructure. The quest to find the most effective source of analytic power and resulting intelligence is a process of constant advancement and experimentation.
Processes are mirrored in both domains: what formula of capabilities and output will product the most effective performance and results? Horsepower is crucial; reliability has to be there; change will be constant; over the course of time that an engine is utilized, what are the crucial requirements and areas, where permissible, where trade-offs and concessions can be made in achieving overall goals?
In the world of Proactive Security Intelligence and management of network security device infrastructure, FireMon can unquestionably make the claim that its analysis engine is the one that should be wearing laurels at the end of the day. (And yes, one could also create many analogies around race car tire performance and security “PSI”.)
The key differentiation that underlines this statement are the (patented) FireMon Security Manager engine’s scalability, speed and breadth of assessment. No other network security infrastructure assessment engine in the game today can provide comparable real-time visibility into the alignment of enterprise-wide defenses, along with what-if change modelling and understanding of underlying IT risks. It delivers actionable results in minutes – not hours – a feat unmatched in the sector.
Like engineers on pit row and in the R&D centers of F1, who work tirelessly to project every situation their engines will face during the season, simulating conditions, gathering data and attempting to create the ideal configurations for each race, FireMon customers leverage our solutions to constantly understand their current state of security alignment and affect changes that result in optimal network protection and performance.
Just as F1 teams are working constantly to engage a power plant that offers best chance to win a world championship, FireMon clients consistently and comprehensively review the latest intelligence generated by Security Manager’s intelligence engine to achieve optimal network security defense, policy compliance and IT risk management – ultimately moving to avoid data breaches such as the one recently reported by Target.
Whether you’re a fellow F1 enthusiast reading this blog and seeing the connection, or a practitioner seeking new methods of improving your organization’s IT security standing, I assume that, like me, you’d recognize that the magic is found somewhere in the formula of combined human capability and computing machine.
To see the FireMon formula in action, simply request a detailed demonstration here, or if you’re at the RSA Security Conference 2014 in San Francisco next week, seek us out at Booth # 927 in South Hall – we’ll happily let you take it for a spin.
Here’s looking forward to the 2014 F1 season, and the continued competition to win out in the field of Proactive Security Intelligence.
Of course, I feel that FireMon will take the checkered flag.