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May 19, 2017 A Practical History of the Firewall - Part 1: Early Days
As a practitioner in the relatively early days of the mass adoption of the Internet (mid to late 90s), I saw the rapid adoption and evolution of firewall technology. I had a limited view, and certainly have an imperfect memory, of this history. As such, over the next few posts, I welcome your comments to help me fill in the missing pieces of this story.
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May 02, 2017 Breaking down the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report
Verizon’s infamous Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) came out last week. It’s a testament to the diverse data Verizon now has that this year’s report is separated out by industry. In other words, more industries are seeing attacks and it allows the data to be divided and still hold merit. A few findings stood out to me as worthy of a deeper look...
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Dec 20, 2016What does 2017 hold? FireMon's top minds look into the crystal ball (Part 1)

As we come up to the New Year, we approached a number of FireMon’s top minds for their perspectives on what lies ahead for 2017 in terms of the threat horizon and how the enterprise will have to respond.

The Employee at the Center of Compromise

While 2015 was the year the data breach became commonplace, 2016 revealed the value of the CISO. According to FireMon’s CTO, Paul Calatayud, 2017 will be the year of the employee.

“When I say an employee, I mean that in multiple ways,” he said. “Cyber attacks are shifting towards targeting internal employees as cyber defenses are built up, and it becomes more difficult for attackers to attack machines.

“CISOs will need to ensure they renew focus on basic security strategies such as employee awareness. They will also need to go beyond by developing defense and detection strategies in support of insider threats.”

Josh Mayfield, Immediate Insight Solutions, FireMon, agreed, noting that in large enterprises with so many users accessing so many systems, neglect is a natural byproduct – we are all human after all. He said, “It’s not laziness, but simply a human function to neglect what isn’t apparent. This neglect leads to compromise.

“Intentional malice from insiders, though small, can be asymmetrically catastrophic – they only have to be right once,” he continued. “Internal users can compromise a system and can be motivated by an entire spectrum of reasons, and that motivation can never be fully known ahead of time. Red teaming is essential. Getting “in the head” of a perpetrator and following their varied paths will be an instrumental practice more organizations will adopt.”

Skills Shortage Continues to Rise

According to Calatayud, it’s also important for 2017 to acknowledge the lack of cyber skills that employees currently have.

“Cyber personnel will become a rare commodity like we have never seen before. Organizations have received the message, and are staffing and investing, but that demand generates a supply that is not available. As an alternative, there will be new and exciting innovations and adoption of philosophies such as DEV-SEC-OPS. This is simply the act of developing automation where possible within a cyber program in order to free up staff resources,” Paul continued.

More Connectivity, More Risk

For FireMon’s CFO, Donald Klumb, the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to evolve as a major threat to businesses, particularly in light of the millions of Mirai IoT malware infections that took place in the later part of 2016. “IoT represents networks of devices enabling and offering services and as a result, will lead to further attacks on privacy and elevated risk and exposure,” he said.

Klumb also sees the cloud as a potential source of risk as “security surrounding many cloud migrations is often lagging and thus enterprises will experience elevated security risks operating in an enhanced virtual environment.”

As a result, “Companies will look for new third party alternatives to ensure secure access to and between cloud-based applications and services,” according to Peter Kobs, Chief Revenue Officer.

Stuart Rosenfield, FireMon’s director of product marketing agrees with Donald and Peter on both fronts, saying, “The increased adoption of new enterprise architectures such as SDN and cloud, coupled with new technologies such as IoT, will require IT security personnel to think more strategically than tactically in implementing new security management solutions.”

To conclude, Calatayud surmised that company board members will begin to bring on cyber security experience in a more meaningful manner.

“The biggest risks for business heading into 2017 in regards to cloud adoption and security will be how best to manage the risks as organizations increase their adoption from basic non-regulated data to more regulated data,” he said. “This will put a lot of pressure on CISOs and security shops to move off the ‘wait and see’ and into response mode.”

This response mode will be discussed in more detail in the next part of this blog series. Check back to see more of what’s in store for cyber security in 2017.



Upcoming Webinars

Jun 06, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT Top 5 Risks of "Dirty" Firewalls
Firewall rules are notoriously complex and voluminous in nature. Even small organizations have multiple firewalls and significant complexity. But large organizations are overwhelmed.
May 23, 2017 Der Countdown läuft, noch 365 Tage bis zur DSGVO (GDPR): Machen Sie Ihr Netzwerk fit für Compliance
Netzwerksicherheit ist deutlich mehr als Cyberbedrohungen nur zu stoppen. Es geht auch darum für das Unvermeidliche gerüstet zu sein. Nämlich einen Datenschutzvorfall, den die Technik allein nicht hat verhindern können. Die EU Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (kurz DSGVO GDPR) ist, neben anderen mehr, ein solches Compliance-Rahmenwerk mit dem Unternehmen sich auseinandersetzen müssen und das im Mai des kommenden Jahres in Kraft tritt. Dann sind Unternehmen beispielsweise verpflichtet innerhalb von 72 Stunden nach einem Datenschutzvorfall darüber zu informieren.
May 04, 2017 Threat Hunting: Beyond Alerts & IOCs
Organizations are taking a more active role in detecting and responding to advanced attacks – Threat Hunting. In this webinar, you’ll discover the steps you can take to launch your threat hunting capabilities.
Apr 27, 2017 The Life of a Firewall: Seamless, Automated Rule Lifecycle Management

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?

Apr 19, 2017 Closing the Complexity Gap

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.



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Security Manager
Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
Policy Planner
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
Immediate Insight
Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
Intelligent Security Management
Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
Hybrid Cloud Management
Visibility into and control over Cloud Services, including AWS and OpenStack Platforms
Accelerated Incident Response
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
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
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Real-Time Risk Analysis
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.
Intelligent Policy Automation
Automation Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
Intelligent Security Management

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

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
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.

Firewall Sprawl: How Complexity Is Adding Cost & Increasing Risk
Quantifying the value of Intelligent Security Management
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Automate Zero Trust Policy And Enforcement
The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager