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My years of experience managing security programs, across a broad spectrum of industries, has given me a greater understanding of how technology and people both play a critical role in influencing the overall security posture of any organization.
The most recent post on our blog noted that understanding your organization’s exposure to risk is no small task. I have seen enterprises attempt to manage risk through feel or intuition, or simply reacting when executive leadership has read about the latest breach of the week and wants assurance that they aren't at risk for the same calamity. Fortunately, enterprises today are attempting to analyze and measure risk under a more formal process. Many attempt to do so by running vulnerability scanners against parts of their network or the network in its entirety at some predetermined interval. In both cases, scans are run, vulnerabilities are identified and possibly prioritized based on asset value, patching activities are scheduled over the next month or quarter, and the event repeats itself. Some organizations might even take the results of these efforts and assign a score, value or state to their risk posture.
The holistic measurement of risk described above simplifies risk within today's networks. Truly understanding your actual risk posture is much more complex. Different threats and different assets define different risks. Risk is also constantly changing, constantly in flux in the enterprise environments we work in today. With M&A activity, strategic partnerships being formed or abandoned, new data centers being brought up, data centers being consolidated or IT functions being moved into the cloud, risk is a never ending moving target in most enterprise environments. Considering the standard process where an organization runs a vulnerability scanner at set intervals and scores their risk posture based off the actions completed from this event, it's easy to see how this score is not truly reflective of the true state of the organizations risk.
Consider the example where a security group may run an enterprise scan at the beginning of each month and then schedule remediation actions for the next three weeks. In the second week of the month, a business group requests a new VPN connection to a newly formed business partner. This access requires connectivity from the new partner network to a DMZ web server farm that is protected by a firewall cluster. The web farm is a front end to an internal financial database that is protected by another cluster of firewalls. The monthly process that the organization follows does not allow them to react to the new variable that has been created within their risk posture. Furthermore, even if the organization were to scan against this newly created connection, the scanner would simply be blocked by the firewall clusters. The scanner does not have awareness of the firewall configuration policy and the context of how data flows through the networking devices, firewall and any other subsequent network security controls related to the web server front end and the back end database servers. This speaks to the importance of factoring the full context of network security controls and data connectivity when analyzing risk, as we have previously covered in this blog.
Analyzing and scoring risk based solely off the enterprise wide scanning or patching efforts doesn't provide an organization the most accurate measurement of what their true risk posture is. In the second part of our post, we will discuss a better approach to gain a more accurate and real-time awareness into what an organizations risk state truly is.
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.
En la actualidad, uno de los retos principales es preparar las redes de seguridad, no sólo para enfrentar las amenazas, sino también para enfrentar los cumplimientos. El día 26 de enero se publicó en el Diario Oficial la LEY GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS PERSONALES EN POSESIÓN DE SUJETOS OBLIGADOS.
¿Está tu red preparada?
¿Cuentas con los procesos necesarios para el cumplimiento?
En esta era digital los datos personales de nuestros clientes y proveedores pasan por una red y se almacenan en una base de datos. Éstos, por ley, deben protegerse por medio de sistemas y procesos. Uno de los objetivos de esta ley es establecer las condiciones de tratamiento de datos personales y fomentar la cultura de protección.
La Ley de protección de datos es mucho más que un simple aviso de privacidad; esta ley describe derechos y obligaciones que de incumplirse pueden ser penalizados. Asiste a este Webinar para conocer más y prepararte. Te mostraremos:
In the fall of 2016, we sought the answer to a very simple question: What benefits do users who have a firewall management tool deployed with their firewalls see over nonusers? To find out, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey 188 IT security decision makers.
In their study, “Automate Zero Trust Policy & Enforcement,” Forrester Consulting found that organizations with firewall auditing and configuration tools realize more benefits that those without, including:
In this webinar, guest Speaker Josh Zelonis, Senior Analyst with Forrester, will review and discuss the results of the study with FireMon CTO Paul Calatayud who will bring his own experiences and best practices for deploying firewall management tools to improve productivity and reduce risk.
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.