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FireMon Accelerates Year-Over-Year Bookings in Second Quarter 2016

Market leader in security management and risk assessment software continues global growth streak, adds more Fortune 500 companies and continues to drive high renewal rates Summary: FireMon delivers strong Q2 and first half with notable highlights: Substantial year over year [...]

By |July 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Almost one-third of cyber security professionals surveyed admit to compromising ethics to pass audits

Over-stretched IT security pros spend more time fire-fighting than doing meaningful security work Overland Park, KS – June 30, 2016 - A study carried out by security management vendor FireMon at this month’s Infosecurity Europe in London has given brutally [...]

By |June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

FireMon Security Manager Customers Gain Upwards of $890K Return on Their Security Investment

IANS report demonstrates substantial returns over three years for average FireMon customer using its web-based firewall management platform - even more for MSSPs. OVERLAND PARK, KAN. – May 10, 2016 – According to a security insight report made available today [...]

By |May 10th, 2016|0 Comments

FireMon Delivers Record 2015 Revenue; Adds Security Industry Veteran as CMO in Q1 2016

Former Juniper Networks and McAfee marketing executive Michael Callahan joins FireMon as the security management company builds on record revenue, bookings and customer growth. OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 27, 2016 – FireMon CEO Jim Lewandowski today announced the security management [...]

By |April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

State of the Firewall Report Highlights the Important, Changing Role Firewalls Play in Network Security

Majority of survey respondents stated firewalls are as or more critical than ever, but also recognize the need to stay relevant given the increase of new technology implementations. OVERLAND PARK, KAN., March 28 – FireMon, the leader in network security [...]

By |March 28th, 2016|0 Comments

THE IMPACT OF COMPLEX FIREWALLS – Is firewall complexity expensive?

High profile data breaches in major US retailers are becoming more prevalent. While there are many defensive strategies, did you know that there are some simple steps that can help prevent similar attacks? Maintaining proper segmentation of critical business assets and having effective controls in place can make all the difference. And that starts with getting your firewall under control. Check out this recent infographic which sheds some light on the impact of complex firewalls. Learn: The top three reasons why rule bases are out of control; What the impact is on staffing, compliance and security; and How automation is helping to solve these problems. […]

By |October 27th, 2014|1 Comment

2014 Budget Priority: Firewall Management

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 [...]

By |November 12th, 2013|0 Comments

The Power of Extensible Audits

One of the most powerful features inside of FireMon is our ability to quickly add customized reports or audits to the application.  This takes minutes and doesn’t even require “us” to do it.  Our customers do it all the time.  [...]

By |October 13th, 2010|0 Comments

If Only FireMon Could Manage Volcanoes

As the “Chief Customer Officer”, I have the chance to travel the world and meet with current and prospective customers to understand how we can provide them value with our solutions.    Unfortunately, with all of this travel, I seem to find myself affected by some pretty crazy events. A few months back, Dallas got a record 15+ inches of snow in one day, delaying my return trip home for 3 days.   And this week, I find myself in London as part of “The Story”.   Part of the story meaning – I am one of the millions of passengers that cannot get to where I need to go because of an erupting volcano in Iceland. Mother nature is not happy, or at least it seems that way.   I have learned more about volcanoes in the last week than I ever thought I would know.   For example, I had no idea that ash can get sucked into jet engines, melt and turn into glass, and shut the engines down.   This in turn shuts down 30% of the world’s daily air travel.  What? The impact of this event is astounding.   The news is reporting on families that are separated (me included), kids missing school, people missing their friend’s weddings, and weddings being held over SKYPE VIDEO!   Fruits, vegetables, pharmaceuticals, and bone marrow for surgeries are not making it into London or other places around the world.  The airlines probably have a lot of continuity plans for “things” so they can keep their planes in the sky but they missed a big one……her – mother nature – in the form of a volcano. Being one of those affected, this event has my full attention.  It also has me thinking about continuity in general.  More than 9 years ago, FireMon was released to address one critical aspect of Business Continuity; network outages caused by change.  And even today, with all the cool analysis and optimization features available in FireMon, preventing network outage is still a primary driver for most FireMon installations.  Sure, there are other drivers like policy clean-up or compliance, but preventing changes that result in a network outage is still at the top of the list.  Sometimes I overlook the importance of this core capability of FireMon, but this week has reminded me of the importance of continuity.  And in the case of network outages caused by incorrect changes, there is a solution: FireMon. Now, if only FireMon could better manage volcanos! As the “Chief Customer Officer”, I have the chance to travel the world and meet with current and prospective customers to understand how we can provide them value with our solutions.    Unfortunately, with all of this travel, I seem to find myself affected by some pretty crazy events. A few months back, Dallas got a record 15+ inches of snow in one day, delaying my return trip home for 3 days.   And this week, I find myself in London as part of “The Story”.   Part of the story meaning – I am one of the millions of passengers that cannot get to where I need to go because of an erupting volcano in Iceland.   […]

By |April 20th, 2010|0 Comments

First things, first.

It sounds easy: firewall policy cleanup. How hard can that be? Well, if you have FireMon, pretty simple as it turns out. But how did we get ourselves in this predicament in the first place? What is the root cause of unused or unnecessary firewall rules? To find out, maybe we need to back up and take a closer look at how a rule is created. Not too long ago, I can recall several conversations in which “change control process” was a foreign phrase to most security administrators. Initially, it was quite a shock for me to sit down with a prospective customer, who literally had no definable procedure for making or “verifying” rule requests outside of an email trail, and (maybe) a spreadsheet. Over time, I began to realize it was just “how things were” but it showed me just how integral FireMon could be to a security organization. As time went on, it became more common to see firewall change-windows implemented, homegrown applications supplant spreadsheets (with varying degrees of success), and basic approval processes begin to emerge. All of which is fine and good, but it misses the most elemental piece of the puzzle in rule creation: creating the rule correctly and effectively in the first place! […]

By |January 29th, 2010|0 Comments