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Unless you’re under a rock, you know that the WannaCry Ransomware cyberattack swept worldwide headlines last week.
Organizations scrambled to apply the latest Microsoft security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack. It’s estimated that the ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 victims in 150 countries.
FireMon celebrated an amazing 2013 as noted in our recent press release. The company also held it's Global Sales Kickoff in mid-January, the theme of which was Building the Fire 2014. I thought I would share a couple of observations from the event with our blog readers.
First, the growth of FireMon was phenomenal to see! When I joined the company in August of 2011, I was the 21st employee at FireMon. Having the honor and privilege of being the emcee for the kickoff, I found myself looking out at 103 other FireMon employees on the first morning of kickoff. There was a palpable sense that the company was truly about to explode as our President & CTO Jody Brazil shared the explosive growth numbers that we experienced in 2013. This was reinforced throughout the kickoff as all divisions discussed the growth experienced both in sales, technology enhancements and in employees within each division.
Secondly, the future direction of FireMon was exciting to see. The product roadmap and vision for 2014 was laid out for the company, and the continued focus on real-time, proactive Security Intelligence reinforced FireMon's market-leading focus on security management and risk analysis. A number of new and exciting technologies and enhancements will be rolling out throughout 2014 within the FireMon Security Platform, and we are excited to share these with you as they come out.
Finally, the amazing culture of fun and teamwork that FireMon has built over the years was on display throughout the event. The FireMon Band, G Fish & Special Sauce, made their debut performance on the first night of the kickoff. The diverse talents of employees from Sales, Development and Executive Management were on display, accompanied by sing alongs and dancing from the entire company. A small sampling of the band is below:
FireMon is on a phenominal growth curve. We entered 2014 with 56 open positions around the world. While we have filled a number of them, there are still openings available. If you would like to be a part of a fun, dynamic, winning culture on the cutting edge of Security Intelligence, we invite you to join us as we Build The Fire in 2014.
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.