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The calendar now shows November and leaves are blanketing the ground – two signs that the end of the year is upon us. This means reviewing how your organization performed during 2013 - any data breaches or failed audits? How quickly were access requests responded to? – and then deciding what to focus on, and budget for, in 2014.
The strategic role that firewalls play in today’s network security architecture, especially as they evolve to include next-generation features, makes addressing firewall management issues a critical short-term need - and a top candidate for 2014 investment. Firewall management systems are the only way to have single pane of glass visibility into every firewall in your network and their operational benefits are many:
- Automating Change:
It all starts with a strong change management/workflow process. Effectively managing firewall change requests includes ensuring proper authorization for the change, evaluating the change for new attack paths, auditing of all changes, and the ability to roll back if there is a problem.
- Optimizing Rules:
It’s important to keep the rule set secure and optimized by defining network topology and identifying ingress and egress points to prioritize rules sets and identify potential weaknesses, like shadowed rules. Complexity increases when migrating from ports and protocol-based firewalls to application-aware NGFW.
- Controlling Risk:
Staying on top of security posture and minimizing attack surface must be done on a continuous basis. As firewall policy changes are considered, based on new devices, locations, or application changes, it’s important to quantitatively assess how these changes can impact security posture and attack surface and looking at alternatives if the risk is too great.
For additional reading to help you build your budget case, see our white papers on “The Top 5 Myths of Data Breaches,” “Firewall Management Essentials” and our Customizable Purchase Justification Template.
So you’ve purchased a new firewall. Now what?
You’ve got to decide which access is allowed, which isn’t allowed and whether or not rules are compliant with internal and regulatory standards.
Things are running along smoothly and then the dreaded “change.” A user submits a new access request and the fun begins. Is this access necessary? Safe? Compliant? And what happens when it’s time to retire unused rules?
How Effective Security Management Can Help Teams Cover the Exponentially Increasing Gap between Technology & the Resources Available to Manage It
Security teams today are under tremendous pressure due to the rising frequency and impact of breaches and a business that wants to move faster and faster. The answer to both of these challenges has always been to add more technology and staff resources.
However, each new technology added creates complexity. More rules are created and more data is generated. As networks continue to evolve, this complexity will only grow. And while staff resources may increase, they will never match the exponential growth of technology.
FireMon calls this phenomenon The Complexity Gap and has set out to help security teams close it.
Join us for this webinar with Frost & Sullivan where we’ll explore the causes of “The Gap” and how workforce multipliers such as intelligence and automation help staff manage their security more efficiently and more effectively.
Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure
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.