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In this series, FireMon leadership shares their favorite features of the latest release of our device and policy management solution, Security Manager. Click Here to subscribe to the blog.
Jody Brazil, co-founder and chief product strategist, has overseen development of our flagship product since the beginning. He explains how TFA with application support is helping customers get more out of their NGFW investment.
Traffic Flow Analysis continues to be a differentiating and demanded feature of the FireMon product suite. In fact, there are so many great advancements in TFA, I can't fit them all into a reasonable sized blog post, so I will have to break it up. For this post, I will focus on one of TFA enhancements made to TFA in Security Manager Version 8 – application awareness.
Applications to the data set. This is not a trivial addition with just incremental value, this is a huge advancement for TFA. The addition of application data in TFA allows a user to identify which applications are being used in a rule and between sources and destinations.
Just as with the traditional TFA, FireMon presents the data as a list (a list of all applications in use for the monitored traffic) as well as in a flow.” A flow is a set of common tuples (source, destination, service and application). All the traffic monitored can be broken into flows that can be used to create more refined rules in a policy.
In the screenshot above, you can see 6 flows associated with the captured traffic. The highlighted column shows the identified application used in each flow.
Why does it matter?
There is significant value to seeing applications in the flow to enable a user to more effectively refine their security policy. Security technology manufacturers like Palo Alto Networks have built their business on the concept of an enhanced firewall that doesn't just control access based on port and protocol, but on application. However, rules often aren’t configured to enforce application control. This happens for a couple of reasons:
So, if you’re using a next-generation firewall, make sure you to take advantage of application controls throughout your policies. Use TFA with application awareness to improve your firewall policies and to get more value out of the upfront investment you made in NGFWs.
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.