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Steal This List of New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 04, 2019
Happy 2019! The holidays are pretty much over and it’s back to the daily grind. At some point in your life, most of you have…
12 Days of Cybersecurity Awareness
Dec 20, 2018
At FireMon we eat, sleep, and breathe Cybersecurity. And while I generally write about the day-to-day challenges of the enterprise, I thought it might be…
Keep the Lights on Your NERC CIP Compliance with FireMon
Dec 12, 2018
As a big American football fan, I have always been amazed at the amount of preparation the teams and the National Football League (NFL) go…
Notes from the Field: AWS re:Invent 2018
Dec 06, 2018
AWS re:Invent 2018 is in the books, and this one did not disappoint, with presentations and sessions spread across five hotel conference centers populated by…

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12 Days of Cybersecurity Awareness

At FireMon we eat, sleep, and breathe cybersecurity. And while I generally write about the day-to-day challenges of the enterprise, I thought it might be a good to time to stray off topic just a bit. It’s that time of year when many of us will find ourselves traveling to visit family and friends. But before you take off, let’s think about a few security precautions that can reduce our own personal risk landscape. Some of these may be common sense but hopefully you'll find a couple nuggets along the way that you may not have considered. So, for your pleasure I give you our 12 days of cybersecurity awareness tips.

  1. Slow your social role

    We’re all socialites nowadays and who doesn’t want to share their exciting experiences with family and friends as we’re in the moment. But before you hit send to post that awesome caption and selfie… take a moment to consider who will see it. Is it just friends only, or friends of friends of friends? Save the memory and wait till you get back home before broadcasting that you that you’re not at home. In today’s connected society it’s just a good best practice not to advertise your whereabouts while away!

  2. Howdy neighbor!

    Let a neighbor know you will be away and ask them to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. Enlist the help of a neighbor, friend, or family member to swing by once a day to collect any mail or delivered packages. Our neighbors have a key to our house when we’re away and will place any mail, flyers, newspapers, or packages inside our door each day.

  3. What’s black and white and read all over?

    If you don’t have someone who can come by each day while your away, make sure to suspend any newspaper deliveries and ask the post office to place a temporary hold on your mail. Papers stacking up in the yard or a full mailbox is a dead giveaway no one is home.

  4. Clean up your act

    If you have trash receptacles out by the curb or driveway, make sure they find a way back to their assigned position after pick-up. This is where a good neighbor can sure come in handy. Trash cans left out after trash pick-up day is just one tell-tale sign a thief may look for.

  5. I see you

    Affordable peace of mind when your away. Cloud-connected home video camera surveillance has really dropped in price while adding more functionality over the last couple of years. For those who don’t want to go the route of a full-service home security monitoring service, there are many affordable home security camera options available today. As an example, Amazon is offering their Blink XT indoor/outdoor security camera in a 3-camera bundle for under $200. Not a bad deal. All the ones I’ve looked at offer motion detection with real-time alerting and video cloud storage for recordings.

  6. The gift of illumination

    Just as there are many video options available today there are even more home automated lighting options. From smart lights to manual timers there are many clever ways to turn lights on and off while your away. Ideallyyou want to mimic the way you would normally use your lights just as if you were home. It is also highly advisable to have outdoor lighting that comes on when movement is detected. Good home lighting is an excellent deterrent for a would-be thief.

  7. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever…

    Once upon a time and a long time ago in a country far far away, door-to-door selling was acceptable and not uncommon. And while we may yearn for some nostalgia from days past, soliciting is not one of them. No soliciting means no soliciting! Solicitors leave behind breadcrumbs, tell-tale signs that they’ve been there and honestly people are not always who they purport themselves to be. It’s better to close the runway before they even have a chance to land by posting a no solicitation sign. This is also what I love about video doorbells because they can give the appearance that someone is home even if they’re not. A connected video doorbell can not only alert you to a solicitor approaching your door but also allow you to communicate with them remotely!

  8. Honey where’s my keys?

    Double check, triple check, that you’ve locked all your doors and windows before you leave. Don’t leave valuables out in the open. If you have a safe use it! A thief can be in and out of your home in 10 minutes. And I’m told they normally head straight to the master bedroom looking for jewelry, watches, any high-value items that are easily carried and concealed.

  9. Man’s best friend

    I love animals’ period, but I have a special affinity to furry canines. We currently have 4 tail-waggers who most likely would help a burglar carry off our belongings but the bad guy doesn’t know that! One of the first things a thief will do when “casing” your home is to look for any indications of a dog being present. Now I realize if you’re away Cujo is most likely hanging out at a doggie hotel, but just the evidence that a canine resides there can be enough of a deterrent to keep a would-be perpetrator moving on down the road. A doghouse, “beware of dog” sign, a kennel, or dog run, all say “Make my day”.

  10. Don’t be so transparent

    The idea is to look like your home when you’re not. So, boarding up the windows and chaining the doors doesn’t quite accomplish that. But at least be cognizant of what is viewable by someone passing by your home. Where appropriate keep the shades drawn or partially drawn. Don’t leave anything of tempting value laying out in plain view should someone take a peek in a window. This is also where I like to mention the value of security signage. This home is protected by Acme Security, or smile you’re being recorded. Anything that says we practice home security is a good thing.

  11. What’s behind door no.3 Bob?

    If you have a garage door, disconnect it before you leave. Wireless automatic garage door openers can easily be hacked. The equipment to do so can be acquired off the internet and doesn’t require any special skills. Most all automatic garage doors have an on/off switch. If for some reason you can’t find yours then either unplug the main unit or manually release the door from the opener’s track and slide lock the door.

  12. ET do not phone home

    If your car is equipped with a GPS navigation system and you have your home address programed into it… delete it! Should your vehicle be broken into, or if the valet person is an aspiring entrepreneur selling addresses for the cars being parked, you don’t want to advertise your home address. And yes, before you say it, I know my license plate can be used for the same purpose with just a little know how, but again we’re just trying to establish some best practices for keeping our risk profile a bit healthier during the holiday season.

Stay safe and stay secure.

Happy Holidays from all the folks at FireMon!


As VP of Customer Technology, Tim Woods has more than two decades of experience in information security and data technology. With a proven track record of leading sales teams to success and deep domain expertise in security and technology, he is a driving force of many thriving companies.



Jan 17, 2019 Dark Reading: Consistency is Key with Cloud Security

When it comes to cloud security, consistency is everything – your cloud controls should mimic your on-premise implementations, so you have complete consistency of security policy enforcement across environments.

Cloud security breaches have not been the result of brilliant criminal masterminds. Rather, they have been the result of self-inflicted errors that are often caused by faulty migration and deployment practices – particularly when the right security personnel are excluded from the process.

Nov 06, 2018 AWS Network Security Deep Dive
Running workloads in the cloud makes provisioning and setup easier—just spin up a VM. But you might be surprised by how many firewalls you’ll end up with in the cloud if you follow best practices. Cloud providers are clear on this point. Amazon says, “Security and Compliance is a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer… The customer assumes responsibility and management of the guest operating system (including updates and security patches), other associated application software as well as the configuration of the AWS provided security group firewall.” In short, cloud security is in your court.
Oct 25, 2018 SC Mag: Continuous Security for the Hybrid Enterprise
The cloud is a notable business advantage, but it does bring numerous security concerns including: a lack of visibility across cloud or between on-premises and cloud environments, monitoring security controls and changes within cloud and multi-cloud environments, and maintaining compliance by monitoring cloud traffic for suspicious and non-compliant behavior. It becomes increasingly complex in hybrid environments because now you're managing security for on-premise, cloud, virtual, container environments, and more.
Oct 11, 2018 Improve Visibility to Reduce Vulnerabilities and Protect Patient Data
Healthcare IT organizations, already burdened with budget constraints and the scarcity of technically proficient staff, must also contend with significant blind spots within their own networks. These blind spots occur everywhere, from endpoints into the cloud, and every blind spot increases the opportunity for attacks such as ransomware to be successful. Lumeta has been deployed at some of the largest enterprises and government agencies based on our ability to eliminate 100% of your IP network and connected device visibility gaps, improve your overall security posture, and reduce the risk of patient data theft.


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Global Policy Controller
Overview of FireMon’s Global Policy Controller solution.
Security Manager
Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
Policy Optimizer
Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
Risk Analyzer
Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
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Moving to the Cloud
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Risk Mitigation
Eliminate disruptions while removing security risks.
Reduce Security Costs
Continuous security that doesn't break the bank.
Intent-based Network Security
Continuous security starts with intent.
FireMon and Elasticsearch: Warp speed security
Continuous Security for Industrial Enterprises
Command security for PCN and SCADA networks
Internet of Things
Taming the ever-expanding IoT attack surface.
Zero Trust
Continuous Security for Zero Trust Networks
Migrations Made Easy
Speed up adoption of NGFW with FireMon.
Intelligent Security Management
Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
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Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
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Accelerating Incident Response. Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
Change Simulation & Risk Scoring
Proactively reduce risk based upon network exposure and host accessibility
Check Point Solution Brief
FireMon solutions and Check Point
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FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

Fortinet Solution Brief
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Better cloud visibility brings better cloud security.
2018 State of the Firewall
The full report walks through budget needs, staffing concerns, five-year firewall strategies, and more about how network security professionals at best-in-class businesses of all sizes see the evolution of firewalls.
A Primer On Intent-Based Network Security
Intent-based network security (IBNS) decouples intent from implementation. In this model, intent becomes the bedrock of policies and controls, and implementation serves as the device-specific enforcement of the declared security goal.
Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
Visibility is often a first step toward cloud security
The Four Factors Necessary For Zero Trust

FireMon helps organizations move towards Zero Trust by providing:

  • Visibility into the network
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5 Reasons to Implement Security Policy Orchestration and Automation

Reduce your attack surface with a Security Policy Orchestration and Automation solution like FireMon.

Managing Migration Mayhem
Migrations can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned security professional. Follow this roadmap for a smooth, successful migration.
Four Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface

Larger attack surface means more opportunities for cybercriminals to do harm. Learn how FireMon can help you remove exposures before they become exploited.

Why GDPR is Nothing to Fear
A practical (and sometimes philosophical) guide to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Four Key Factors for a Successful Migration

Migrations run the risk of cost overrun, delays and disruption of network service - often due to a lack of personnel and process to efficiently and effectively manage. To ensure a successful migration, consider these four key factors: 1) identifying and removing technical mistakes, 2) removing unused access, 3) refining and organizing what remains and 4) continuous, real-time monitoring.

Top 5 Requirements for Your NSPM Solution
Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) continues to be a difficult practice for organizations the world over. In the last 20 years, network security policies (e.g. firewall rules) have grown by more than 3,500%. Yes, you read that number correctly. Why is that?
Achieving Gartner's Recommendations for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment
Gartner research has uncovered a number of security policy challenges for enterprises. Among these challenges are the typical assessments necessary to fortify policy for compliance and improved security posture.
The Top 4 Myths of Policy Compliance & How to Avoid Non-Compliance
Welcome to the world of overflowing regulations and compliance standards, of evolving infrastructure and the ever-present breach. It's a world where 72% of security and compliance personnel say their jobs are more difficult today than just two years ago.
Planning Considerations for Compliance with GDPR
The GDPR deadline is approaching quickly. If you haven’t started your GDPR journey yet, now is the time.
2017 State of the Firewall
Networking continues to evolve, yet the firewall remains critical to securing today’s enterprises. FireMon is proud to present its 3rd Annual State of the Firewall Report
Firewall Cleanup Recommendations
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
Risk analysis with real-time change configuration is key to managing security risks in your IT infrastructure.
Real-Time Data Triage
Our Immediate Insight platform from FireMon can help organizations overcome the limitations and gaps inherent to the current analytic market.
Bridging the SIEM Alert Triage Gap
Immediate Insight enables security teams to improve event triage and incident response, extending the value of your existing full-featured SIEM.
How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Security Management

Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

The Top 5 Myths of Data Breaches
Five of the biggest myths that exist about data breaches, and explain how and why they occur.
Firewall Sprawl: Top Four Security Gaps Exposed

Firewall technology has come a long way since its initial, most rudimentary forms. Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) are the latest development, and organizations are accelerating adoption to the new technology. But NGFWs aren’t a fix-all solution.

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
Frost & Sullivan 2018 North American IoT Cybersecurity Technology Best Practices
Lumeta Honored with 2018 Best Practices Award for IoT Cybersecurity Technology Innovation
Using Security Policy And Automation (SPOA) Tools To Reduce The Attack Surface
Attack surfaces have expanded greatly in the past several years, in part because of the amount of new applications coming online via Internet of Things and increasingly connected technology. Organizations have an admittedly tough time keeping up with all the new touchpoints and the rapid expansion of the attack surface. Complete defense is nearly impossible, and many companies struggle with visibility issues, mismatched or misaligned firewall policies, and an inability to comprehensively test the security configurations they do have
The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem


Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security helps teams develop robust prevention, detection and incident response capabilities to protect their company's vital digital business ecosystem. This report will help security pros understand the technologies best suited to empowering and extending their Zero Trust initiatives and will detail how Forrester sees this model and framework growing and evolving.

Overcoming the Complexity Gap
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
Network Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
Convey Health Solutions Centralizes Firewall Management and Achieves Continuous Compliance with FireMon
For Convey Health Solutions, the FireMon solution streamlined their compliance efforts. With out-of-the-box and customizable compliance assessments, automated rule documentation and reporting, and workflows for rule review and recertification, FireMon can analyze and report in real-time that systems have been calibrated together to prevent unauthorized access and protect critical assets.
Oil and Energy Company Increases IT Operational Efficiency and Enhanced Rule and Policy Compliance with FireMon
This mid-sized US-based oil and energy company was seeking to improve both the operational efficiency of their IT organization and security operations. They needed to streamline their processes for proposing and implementing changes to their firewall rule base. At the same time, they needed to enhance the speed and efficiency with which they performed rule compliance audits post-change. Their ideal solution would need to effectively meet the needs of both their firewall administrators and security analysts.
Large Healthcare Provider
The customer sought a data analysis tool to correlate application data with network and security data to spot service-impacting anomalies. They did not have an accurate picture of interoperability between applications and the underlying infrastructure.
Major Airline
Following a merger with another airline, this customer was left managing a large number of firewalls and routers from different security vendors using a home-grown application.
National Insurance Provider
This national insurance provider had three problems to tackle regarding their firewall policies. First, the number of rules under management was overwhelming staff and processes. They needed to increase visibility and effectiveness of their firewall change request/workflow ticketing process. And they also need help maintaining compliance PCI DSS requirements.
Managed Service Provider
Each time this Global MSP engaged a new customer, they had to onboard the firewalls – sometimes hundreds per engagement – into their network. Part of the onboarding process required assessing the policies against internal best practices – a manual, line-by-line process that took an average of 16 hours/firewall and was extremely error-prone.