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Securing the Supply Chain with Security Policy Management
Dec 11, 2017
With the latest BCI Supply Chain Resiliency Report revealing that some of the top causes of supply chain disruption are cyberattacks and data breaches, and with global supply…
Why FireMon Continues to Dominate NPSM - Part 2: Real-Time Monitoring
Dec 05, 2017
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Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 28, 2017
In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series we saw how to implement Gartner’s first three recommendations for security configuration assessments (SCAs).…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 22, 2017
In this series, we're looking at the essential parts of a Security Configuration Assessment (SCA).  Let’s continue the dialogue and look at the other recommendations…

Immediate Insight KnowledgeBase - Use Cases

Anatomy of an Immediate Insight Proof-of-Concept


Today’s reality for IT Security and Operations teams is there are more activities to be performed than there are hours in the day. Before evaluating any product it’s helpful to understand the scope of effort and time required to evaluate a product’s value to your organization. This document describes the typical process, and timeline, for evaluating Immediate Insight. It normally takes 60 minutes for preparation and installation. After the installation and a minimal data collection period, the system is available for users to ask questions of their data and follow the non-obvious associations across data silos.

Typical Process and Timeline


Preparation for the PoC (30 minutes)

  • Provision a VM; recommended base configuration - 8 vCPU, 32GB RAM, minimum 500GB storage.
  • Identify data sources, anything human readable (common sources include firewall logs, IDS logs, proxy logs, web server logs, application logs, packet captures – pcap, netflow).
    • Data already written to a central data store (I.E. SIEM)
    • Syslog data
    • Any data streamed over a port
    • JSON or XML data via http post
    • Drag and drop data

Installation process (30 minutes)

The basic steps to getting started:

  1. Download the Immediate Insight appliance from FireMon (contact if you need a link).
  2. Follow the installation instructions provided by FireMon.
  3. Connect Some Data Sources.
    • Access data from a file share
      • Mount some network shares that have log files the system can follow:
        • sudo vi /etc/fstab
        • add a mount line such as:
          • //servername/sharename /media/logs cifs username=user,password=pwd 0 0
        • /media/logs is the default mount point, already configured and ready
        • mount it: ‘sudo mount -a’
      • Syslog streams
        • Configure syslog data sources with Immediate Insight IP address as a destination.
        • Immediate Insight listens on port 514 (both UDP and TCP) by default.
      • Pipe data to a TCP or UDP port
        • Immediate Insight listens on TCP port 3000 by default.
        • For data streamed on custom port, access the DataFlow interface to configure additional Immediate Insight collectors.
      • Netflow sources
        • Configure netflow data source with Immediate Insight IP address as a destination.
        • Immediate Insight listens on TCP port 2055 by default.
      • Drag & Drop Import
        • Any log file, packet capture (PCAP), Office documents, Outlook PST, configuration files, etc.
        • Bulk import IP reputation data (threat intelligence), CMDB info, and more via CSV:
          If necessary, you can change any path and port settings from the DataFlow interface.
  4. Confirm data is coming into the system.
    • To determine if data is coming into the system, either search for everything (leave search field blank) in the past hour, view the Dataflow collectors status screen, or use the Firehose to see the incoming data live.
  5. Download the “Situations to Watch” Pinboard from the Immediate Insight Knowledgebase.
    • Available here and upload it to Immediate Insight via the Drag & Drop Import (Import as Blob). The installed Pinboard will provide a sample of commonly used searches.

Data Collection - Let the system run for 24-48 hours, collecting data.

Explore the Data

Once data is in Immediate Insight, simply ask any questions of the data and results are returned very quickly. The following common exploration use cases can help users familiarizing themselves with the system’s capabilities and get users started in extracting actionable insights from their data to improve security and operations.

Common exploration use cases:

  1. Needle finding
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select the most unusual to see the events that occur most infrequently in the past 24 hours.
  2. Discovery
    • Search for terms typically associated with problem (i.e. error fail* refuse* deny denied disconnect)
    • Search for addresses of critical infrastructure (Oracle, SAP, Email, etc).
    • Combine the two and search for issues on critical infrastructure.
    • Select timeline to see event volumes over time.
    • Display entities and locations to spot anomalies
    • View the new events when compared to the previous search period.
  3. Location anomalies
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select location
    • Select table icon to see all locations ordered by frequency
    • Select a location to see all the associated events
  4. Data anomalies
    • Enter any search, or leave it blank, for the desired timeframe
    • Select most common
    • Select most unusual
    • The common and unusual data clusters are displayed
    • Click through any of the clusters to see a sample of event details. Click on the event detail to pivot search to isolate the cluster. Select events, location, or entities for other views into the data.
  5. New/changed
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select trending
    • Select compare to previous period to compare results from past 24 hours to the previous 24 hours.
    • Toggle through trending up, new, missing, etc
  6. Focused then Retrospective
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select timeline
    • Select a bar in the timeline to drill in
    • Pivot search on desired entity
    • Select past 7 days
  7. NOT US Locations
    • Enter NOT US in the search field, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select Entities
    • Select any location, addresses, names to pivot search
    • Select + (for AND) and – (for NOT) to create more complex searches
  8. NOT denied AND CN
    • Enter NOT denied AND CN, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Pivot search on any internal addresses to see the associated events
    • Pivot, trending, unusual
  9. Firehose
    • Leave the search field blank, select the last 24 hours and run a search
    • Select the follow arrow and select an entity
    • Firehose view shows a live view of all events for the selected events as they happen
  10. Saving searches (bookmarks) and Pinning bookmarks to the board
    • Enter a search query and timeframe and run the search
    • Select add bookmark from the menu on the upper right side of the interface
    • Add guide and category to pin search
    • See pinned searches are displayed on the second pages of the main search screen
  11. Using tagging as an investigative tool
    • Enter a search query
    • Hover over an event of interest and select add note and enter a tag
    • Perform the same on other events of interest and enter the same tag
    • Search for the tag to display all tagged events
    • View entities, locations, trending, and unusual to spot non-obvious common denominators
  12. PCAP analysis
    • Drag and drop PCAP file or exported CSV of PCAP, select use original time for each line to import data in the timeframe of the original event.
    • Enter a tag in the drag and drop tag field to group the data.
    • Enter search query and view most unusual to highlight the less common traces
    • Select entities to see addresses and locations for the packet captures
  13. Using reputation to map data to business importance
    • Select the Reputation menu
    • Enter an address of a critical system (i.e. Oracle server)
    • Add key value pair to identify the server address as part of the Oracle critical infrastructure (for example, field = critical infrastructure; value = Oracle
    • Run a search for Oracle AND error to show all errors reported by the Oracle server.


Jeff, as VP of Product Management for Immediate Insight, is continuing his pursuit of making data analysis more accessible. Jeff cofounded the Immediate Insight data analysis platform, which ws acquired by FireMon in 2015. He leverages 25 years of successes and failures in creating and developing markets, driving product strategy, and leading teams in both startup and public networking and security companies to create a new breed of data analysis required to discover the unknown in today’s mobile, virtual, and cloud-enabled environments.



Dec 06, 2017 6 Ways to Evaluate Firewall Change Requests to Ensure Security and Compliance and Prevent Risk Creep
Firewalls are like Roach Motels – rules check in but they don’t checkout. When you look at a firewall with thousands (or tens of thousands) of rules you have to wonder if they are all still needed. Join Ultimate Windows Security and FireMon to find out how to automate the work flow of firewall change requests, capture and document rule changes, evaluate the impact of rules and compare rules to the characteristics of the actual packets being passed by those rules.
Nov 09, 2017 6 Steps for Firewall Assessment for Compliance and Security
Don’t let the pendulum swings fool you; firewalls are not dead, and the perimeter still matters. But in addition to the perimeter we recognize the need for more internal segmentation to limit lateral movement and protect segregated zones like the red forest. So, we need and probably should have more firewalls than ever.
Oct 31, 2017 Think GDPR Doesn't Impact You? Think Again...
Companies across the globe are scrambling to meet the new compliance directives that are imposed by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in 2018. If you’re thinking, “I’m not in the EU, so it doesn’t matter”, think again.
Sep 26, 2017 GDPR: Security Management Best Practices You Need to Know
In this webinar, FireMon’s resident GDPR expert, Tim Woods, will help lay the groundwork for a plan to comply by the 2018 deadline. We’ll also cover the vital role security management plays in protecting data from the start, including these specific capabilities you need to comply with Articles 25, 32, 35 and 58.


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The Top Security Challenges for 2017
SC Magazine
Aug 14, 2017
Creditseva, KS Enterprises Breaches Highlight Need for Improved Cloud Security
eSecurity Planet
Jul 31, 2017
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Jul 28, 2017
How organizations can work toward GDPR compliance
Information Management
Jul 09, 2017
4 Signs Check Point Software's Best Days Are Ahead
Motley Fool
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Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
Jun 06, 2017
Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
SC Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
Jun 01, 2017
250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
Info Security
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
How to manage the Complexity Gap
IT Pro Portal
May 26, 2017
Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
SC Magazine UK
May 25, 2017
83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
May 24, 2017
Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading
May 23, 2017
WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
Information Security Buzz
May 23, 2017
WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
Computer Weekly
May 18, 2017
Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
Information Security Buzz
May 16, 2017
Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
SC Magazine
May 15, 2017
10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
Information Age
May 12, 2017
Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
Computing Security
May 12, 2017
Sabre Breach
Information Security Buzz
May 12, 2017
FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
IT Security Guru
May 12, 2017
FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
Dark Reading
May 12, 2017
WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
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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
Check Point Solution Brief
FireMon solutions and Check Point
Cisco Solution Brief

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
FireMon solutions for Fortinet
Juniper Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Juniper
NSX Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for NSX
Palo Alto Solution Brief
FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
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
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.
Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
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.
Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
Overcoming the Complexity Gap
When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
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
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.