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May 19, 2017 A Practical History of the Firewall - Part 1: Early Days
As a practitioner in the relatively early days of the mass adoption of the Internet (mid to late 90s), I saw the rapid adoption and evolution of firewall technology. I had a limited view, and certainly have an imperfect memory, of this history. As such, over the next few posts, I welcome your comments to help me fill in the missing pieces of this story.
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May 02, 2017 Breaking down the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report
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...
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Nov 05, 2015How can I integrate data from FireMon Security Manager into Immediate Insight?

The purpose of this document is to walk the user through new integration for collecting Security Manager Change Events into Immediate Insight.

Part A – Integration Pre-Requisites

Note: this integration requires Immediate Insight version app-2016-02-04 (or newer), which can be obtained by typing ‘update’ from the Immediate Insight CLI (internet connectivity required). Security Manager 8.2 or newer is required.

Immediate Insight and Security Manager must be configured with correct certificates so that they can exchange data. Here are the required steps:

  • Login to Immediate Insight CLI (user ‘insight’, default pw ‘WhatsHappeningNow’) and type the following
    • create-fmos-certs (creates the certificates)
    • cd app/config/certs
    • from Immediate Insight CLI, open an SFTP connection to Security Manager (login with an FMOS account assigned administrator level privileges) - e.g. sftp fmadin@ (provide FMOS password when prompted)
      • Next put the previously created certificates onto Security Manager
        • put localhost.crt
        • put localhost.key
        • put rootCA.pem
  • open a CLI connection to Security Manager (login with administrator level FMOS account credentials) and move the previously uploaded certificate files to the correct directories
    • cd e.g. ssh fmadmin@ (provide FMOS password when prompted)
      • sudo mv localhost.crt /etc/pki/tls/certs
      • sudo mv localhost.key /etc.pki/tls/private
      • sudo mv rootCA.pem /etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors
    • next (still from the Security Manager FMOS CLI) you will apply the new certificates
      • sudo update-ca-trust
      • sudo reboot
        Note: certs survive reboot, but may not survive Security Manager upgrade – therefore keep a copy of the files from step 1) if you need to restore the cert files after upgrade
  • Optional – if you want to stop certificate warning messages on your browser, install the following files into your browser (you may also see Immediate Insight Install Guide for more details on this task)
    • /home/insight/app/config/certs/rootCA.pem

Part B - Live Collection of Security Manager Events into Immediate Insight

To collect live Change events from Security Manager, you need to configure a Security Manager Collector in Immediate Insight. You will need valid web console admin level credentials & connectivity to Security Manager.

Login to Immediate Insight GUI,

  • go to DataFlow -> Collectors and click the + button of the Collectors from, then select ‘Security Manager Collector’
  • Specify the IP Address of Security Manager
  • Provide a valid web console admin level username and password for Security Manager
  • Set the Data TTL for how long you want to keep the data (e.g. 30d)
  • Optionally you can assign the data to something other than the default ‘main-stream’ repository, to make it easier to separately search Security Manager data apart for other data coming into the system.
    • In this case you must first create the repository at the CLI, e.g. ‘new-repo sm’ , will then provide sm-stream as an available selection in the GUI
  • Give the collector a suitable name
  • The other values can normally be left default.
  • Click the ‘Add’ button when ready

    Add-Collector

Part C – Confirm Security Manager Change Events are coming into the system.

Go to the DataFlow -> Collectors screen

Scroll down to your new Security Manager Collector, and check that the Status says ‘running’ (it can take a minute or so to initially change from ‘Connecting’ to ‘Running’) – if it does not say ‘Running’ confirm your credentials, certificates, and network connectivity before proceeding.

If Status is ‘running’ you will see Security Manager Change Events show up as indicated by the ‘Records’ counter.

SecurityManagerCollector

Note: depending on how Security Manager Configuration Change Monitoring is setup, it may take anywhere from minutes to hours to see data, below is an example of configuring hourly change monitoring in Security Manager for a particular device managed by Security Manger. Note that both ‘Change Monitoring’ and ‘Log Monitoring’ must be enabled, the default ‘Check for Change Interval’ may be too long to be useful, if so change it. (please see Security Manager documentation for full details on configuring Change monitoring)

Monitoring

Part D – Search some sample Security Manager Change Events in Immediate Insight

Go back to the Immediate Insight Search tab, then do one of the following to search for Security Manager Change event records.

  • Specify the separate repository if you configured one in Part B (e.g. sm-stream)
    • if not, type “id action” in the search string
  • Then click Search, the event Search Results will look similar to below, you can then expand the details to look at the ‘Full Text’ and ‘Metadata’ for particular events.
  • If the end device passes the name of the user to Security Manager, the user who made changes will also appear in Immediate Insight, otherwise user will be ‘DC_Automated’. For best user details, it is suggested to configure end devices to forward their syslogs to Security Manager.

    Search

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  • You can then also go to ‘Microscope’ , ‘Associations’ , ‘Event Clusters’ etc (just as you would for other data collected by Immediate Insight) to correlate and analyze the results (some sample screen shots below)

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Microscope

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Searches can also be combined with other non-Security Manager data sources allowing for context and correlation of information from across your security related ecosystem. (For further details on Searching with Immediate insight please consult the User Guide)

Josh Mayfield leads platform sales for Immediate Insight, FireMon's security analytics solution.

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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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May 23, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT 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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Mar 30, 2017 Data Orchestration for Incident Response
The biggest challenge security teams face when it comes to the alert triage process is preparing the data for analysis. Analysts can spend 80% of their time or more just to assemble the data to answer the question of whether an alert is a false positive or real incident.

Immediate orchestrates the data assembly process, freeing up critical time and resources to actually respond to identified events.

Join us for this webinar to learn how you can streamline the incident response process by orchestrating data assembly from a variety of disparate, external sources, including:
- FireMon Security Manager
- Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus
- VirusTotal
- Packet Capture
- Threat Intelligence Feeds
- And more!
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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
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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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