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May 24, 2017 Support for Check Point R80.10 in Security Manager 8.15
FireMon customers who have Release 8.15 and have Check Point R80.10 will be able to take advantage of Check Point’s Inline Layer Policy Management. Inline Layers allow a security organization to give more engineers more access to more rules while minimizing the risk of giving these engineers access to all of the rules in a policy. For example, a network administrator can create different policies for different users.
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May 24, 2017 A Practical History of the Firewall - Part 2: The Value of Management
The mid-90s was a time when networks were rapidly evolving. For example, ethernet was an option, but not always the local network protocol in use (remember token ring?). Connecting to the Internet was not assumed, it was discussed. Dial-up was still common, and AOL was the dominant player. To suggest that firewalls were mainstream technology would misunderstand the Internet as mainstream. One of the implications of this fast-changing network was a significant amount of ignorance and inexperience. In this context, the manageability of a firewall should not be overlooked as a key market driver for the eventual winner in this market
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May 02, 2017Breaking down the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report
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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:

Pretexting

Pretexting is an emerging trend in which an attacker impersonates a CEO or CFO or corporate bigwig by spoofing an email to try and get information from employees. For example, the boss might send you an email asking you to help them transfer money or request information about how to do that from the company. 

Pretexting is a very big threat that will continue to grow because it takes advantage of urgency and common cultural situations where employees will set aside procedures and policies in order to make sure the boss does not get upset. Most phishing training focuses on the content: malware and links rather than the sender, and in this case, the sender and what is being asked is the issue. People will no doubt feel under pressure to make sure the boss is happy and some of the requests will seem entirely legitimate to the right employee. Therefore, security training staff need to make these types of messages a priority.

Microsoft Office-based malware and low patching metrics

I always feel the most vulnerable systems are the most popular. There was a time when cyber defenders would debate on the security of Mac vs. Windows. As soon as Mac entered the corporate enterprise, the vulnerabilities and exploits started to appear. Microsoft Office products are most popular and thus the biggest target for exploitation, just like Java.

The report found that the public sector only patched 30% of vulnerabilities found – 33% of which were on time and the financial sector patched only 25%, with 33% on time. This is simply not good enough. Patching is basic blocking and tackling for any cyber program.

It often fails because the responsibility is shared across two organizations. Security teams identify the vulnerabilities. Server and desktop teams then have to patch them. If this program is not taking into account how the firewalls and other compensating controls can reduce the risks of these exploits, IT departments are often faced with a huge backlog of patches with no prioritization.

The rise in credential theft

Hackers are after credentials in order to move within their target to gain access to data. Directly attacking these production systems is costly and often exploitation leads to detection of outages. It's akin to robbing a bank by using a stick of dynamite. Getting the safe combination is easier. As long as employees are offering up their credentials by accident or other means, direct exploitation will remain a plan “C” for most attackers.

Credential theft is plan “A” for hackers and multi-factor authentication will need to become a basic strategy along with internal segmentation and reduction of shared passwords. These strategies take time, effort and cultural shifts but an absolute requirement in modern business.

Changes in ransomware

In the DBIR, Verizon noted that the “most significant change to ransomware in 2016 was the swing away from infecting individual consumer systems toward targeting vulnerable organizations.” This is a path we see a lot of malware take – testing the waters by targeting consumers and then moving to target organizations. Or it could be a case of consumer systems infecting organizations due to the flexible way in which people work these days.

Organizations are a set of common systems using common defense controls. If a single machine in a company can be infected, chances are every machine is a target. They are on the same image using the same patch backlog and culture. To use an analogy, it is far more effective to launch a rock at a flock of birds. 

These are just some of the ways hackers are advancing their techniques to breach organizations and capitalize on their crimes. Of course, seeing the big picture and identifying weak spots in security infrastructure is one of the best ways to prevent them from reaching their nefarious goals. Intelligent Security Management can help provide this bigger picture and keep the stats in these kinds of reports from growing in the bad guy’s favor.
Paul Calatayud is the Chief Technology Officer for FireMon. He leverages 15 years of experience leading security teams along with his real-world insights on the FireMon platform to help deliver strategic solutions to enterprise customers.

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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.
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Jun 01, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT 4 Steps to Prepare for the Next WannaCry
Now that the immediate threat of WannaCry has died down, it is time to take a step-back and analyze the situation to see what we can learn from this attack to better protect ourselves from the next “unknown”.
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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.
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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.
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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?

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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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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
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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
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The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager
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