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Intent-Based Network Security - How to Turn Intent into Enforcement
May 03, 2018
In our last blog, we talked about what exactly intent-based network security (IBNS) is – and the first step to getting started, i.e. mapping. Here, we're…
How to take the first step toward intent-based network security
Apr 26, 2018
Intent-based network security helps with several areas of top concern for enterprise security leaders - software-defined networking, new application deployment, moving applications across platforms and…
Gaining Control of Cloud Security through Orchestration
Mar 28, 2018
What do you think of when you hear the word “orchestration?” Within the security field, oftentimes “orchestration” becomes synonymous with “automation.” That’s not entirely accurate, but…
Cloud Security and On-Premise Security are NOT that Different
Mar 27, 2018
In our last blog on cloud controls, we discussed how important it was to have visibility into your cloud. This is the most logical place…

Immediate Insight KnowledgeBase - Configuration

How to Configure Check Point to Stream Firewall Activity Logs to Immediate Insight

The purpose of this document is to walk the user through configuring the Checkpoint Security Manager Server running GAIA OS to work with Immediate Insight as the external syslog receiver.

Note: This process was successfully tested in the FireMon lab, however this document should not be considered as fully definitive, for official Check Point documentation please contact Check Point.

This configuration was tested in a GAIA R77 environment, but is valid for the following GAIA versions: (R75.40, R75.40VS, R75.45, R75.46, R75.47, R76, R77, R77.10, R77.20, R77.30)

Important: This procedure is not supported on Checkpoint SPLAT or Multi-Domain Server environments. However there is a different procedure available for such environments, please contact for details

Step 1: Configure the Checkpoint GAIA OS for the Immediate Insight external syslog server.

    1. Connect to the GAIA OS via CLI using Putty or console over SSH.
    2. Log into CLISH
    3. Use the commands below to add the Immediate Insight client as a syslog server.

      add syslog log-remote-address (adds the server)
      show syslog all (reviews that the server was added)
      save config (saves the configuration)

    Note: In the Checkpoint GUI if you check the box Accept Syslog messages (Security Management server properties - expand 'Logs and Masters' - click on 'Additional Logging'), then Security Management server will accept these messages, and they will not be sent to the designated Syslog server. Therefore, if you want the messages to be sent to the designated Syslog server, do not check box Accept Syslog messages.

    Step 2: Backup and configure the boot script in the CLI of the Check Point GAIA.

      1. Using Putty or appropriate terminal emulator connect to the CLI and browse to the following file path to backup the current /etc/rc.d/init.d/cpboot script:

        [Expert@HostName]# cp /etc/rc.d/init.d/cpboot /etc/rc.d/init.d/cpboot_ORIGINAL

      2. Using the VI editor update the /etc/rc.d/init.d/cpboot script adding the following syntax at the very bottom of the file:

        fw log -f -t -n -l 2> /dev/null | awk 'NF' | sed '/^$/d' | logger -p -t CP_FireWall &

      Step 3: Reboot the Security Manager server.

      Step 4: Verify firewall activity logs are being imported into Immediate Insight.

        1. Connect to the GUI interface of your Immediate Insight client and click on the “DataFlow” and “Collectors” menu. (By default the Immediate Insight has a collector set up to listen for UDP port 514 logs where the Checkpoint logs should be coming from.)
        2. Next choose the “Search” menu option at the top of the Immediate Insight client to review data.
        3. You can verify from the Search screen by using a few different search options.
          • Searching by the IP Check Point syslog source (example search string: sourceFile:
          • Searching by the firewall hostname. (example search string: “CP_FireWall”)

        Note: If there are any questions or issues with your Immediate Insight product please send an email to and a support tech will get back with you as quickly as possible.

        Josh Mayfield serves as FireMon's Director of Product Marketing.



        May 10, 2018 Final Countdown: 4 Principles You Need Before GDPR Hits

        In this webinar, we’ll show you the principles needed for GDPR success:

        1. Risk-based data protection
        2. Measuring security effectiveness
        3. Monitoring data protection
        4. Orchestrating persistent compliance
        Apr 25, 2018 Monitoring & Performance
        In the "real world" most companies are struggling with overwhelming infrastructure complexity, numerous management silos, and a multitude of incompatible management tools. Get the tools to help you identify problems and prevent downtime.
        Apr 12, 2018 How to Stop Writing Firewall Rules and Start Controlling Network Security Based on Your Actual Intent
        Join FireMon and Ultimate Windows Security for this free webinar, where we will examine intent-based security and how to apply it to firewall policy and management.
        Mar 21, 2018 How to Scale Network Security for the Modern Age
        Traditional security models are all about the current state – but in the current state of cyber-security, by the time new rules are written, they’re obsolete. Resources have changed, topologies have shifted, traffic has evolved, and applications grew new arms and legs.


        Resource Library

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        Solution Briefs

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        Security Manager
        Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
        Policy Planner
        Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
        Policy Optimizer
        Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
        Risk Analyzer
        Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
        Immediate Insight
        Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
        FireMon Appliances

        Your environment is unique. No matter how many devices you have or where they are located, we have an FM appliance and a deployment option to meet your needs.

        Moving to the Cloud
        Central security control for expanding cloud intrastructures.
        Controlling Cloud Security
        Instant visibility, continuous security for the enterprise cloud
        Risk Mitigation
        Eliminate disruptions while removing security risks.
        Reduce Security Costs
        Continuous security that doesn't break the bank.
        Intent-based Network Security
        Continuous security starts with intent.
        FireMon and Elasticsearch: Warp speed security
        Continuous Security for Industrial Enterprises
        Command security for PCN and SCADA networks
        Internet of Things
        Taming the ever-expanding IoT attack surface.
        Zero Trust
        Continuous Security for Zero Trust Networks
        Migrations Made Easy
        Speed up adoption of NGFW with FireMon.
        Intelligent Security Management
        Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
        Intelligent Policy Automation
        Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
        Hybrid Cloud Management
        Visibility into and control over Cloud Services, including AWS and OpenStack Platforms
        Accelerating Incident Response. Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
        Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
        Change Simulation & Risk Scoring
        Proactively reduce risk based upon network exposure and host accessibility
        Check Point Solution Brief
        FireMon solutions and Check Point
        Cisco Solution Brief

        FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

        Fortinet Solution Brief
        FireMon solutions for Fortinet
        Juniper Solution Brief
        FireMon solutions for Juniper
        NSX Solution Brief
        FireMon solutions for NSX
        Palo Alto Solution Brief
        FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
        A Primer On Intent-Based Network Security
        Intent-based network security (IBNS) decouples intent from implementation. In this model, intent becomes the bedrock of policies and controls, and implementation serves as the device-specific enforcement of the declared security goal.
        Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
        Visibility is often a first step toward cloud security
        Gain Control of the Cloud

        Cloud technology gives enterprises faster application deployment, instant storage, workload versatility and pricing models that decrease initial capital investment. It is no wonder enterprises are making the move to the cloud.

        The Four Factors Necessary For Zero Trust

        FireMon helps organizations move towards Zero Trust by providing:

        • Visibility into the network
        • Analysis of network traffic flow and possible breach points
        • Security Intent to determine what’s permissible
        • Orchestration to consistently automate what needs to be done
        5 Reasons to Implement Security Policy Orchestration and Automation

        Reduce your attack surface with a Security Policy Orchestration and Automation solution like FireMon.

        Managing Migration Mayhem
        Migrations can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned security professional. Follow this roadmap for a smooth, successful migration.
        Four Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface

        Larger attack surface means more opportunities for cybercriminals to do harm. Learn how FireMon can help you remove exposures before they become exploited.

        Why GDPR is Nothing to Fear
        A practical (and sometimes philosophical) guide to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation.
        Four Key Factors for a Successful Migration

        Migrations run the risk of cost overrun, delays and disruption of network service - often due to a lack of personnel and process to efficiently and effectively manage. To ensure a successful migration, consider these four key factors: 1) identifying and removing technical mistakes, 2) removing unused access, 3) refining and organizing what remains and 4) continuous, real-time monitoring.

        Top 5 Requirements for Your NSPM Solution
        Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) continues to be a difficult practice for organizations the world over. In the last 20 years, network security policies (e.g. firewall rules) have grown by more than 3,500%. Yes, you read that number correctly. Why is that?
        Achieving Gartner's Recommendations for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment
        Gartner research has uncovered a number of security policy challenges for enterprises. Among these challenges are the typical assessments necessary to fortify policy for compliance and improved security posture.
        The Top 4 Myths of Policy Compliance & How to Avoid Non-Compliance
        Welcome to the world of overflowing regulations and compliance standards, of evolving infrastructure and the ever-present breach. It's a world where 72% of security and compliance personnel say their jobs are more difficult today than just two years ago.
        Planning Considerations for Compliance with GDPR
        The GDPR deadline is approaching quickly. If you haven’t started your GDPR journey yet, now is the time.
        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
        Firewall Cleanup Recommendations
        The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
        Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
        Risk analysis with real-time change configuration is key to managing security risks in your IT infrastructure.
        Real-Time Data Triage
        Our Immediate Insight platform from FireMon can help organizations overcome the limitations and gaps inherent to the current analytic market.
        Bridging the SIEM Alert Triage Gap
        Immediate Insight enables security teams to improve event triage and incident response, extending the value of your existing full-featured SIEM.
        How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
        Intelligent Policy Automation
        Intelligent Security Management

        Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

        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.

        2016 State of the Firewall
        2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
        Using Security Policy And Automation (SPOA) Tools To Reduce The Attack Surface
        Attack surfaces have expanded greatly in the past several years, in part because of the amount of new applications coming online via Internet of Things and increasingly connected technology. Organizations have an admittedly tough time keeping up with all the new touchpoints and the rapid expansion of the attack surface. Complete defense is nearly impossible, and many companies struggle with visibility issues, mismatched or misaligned firewall policies, and an inability to comprehensively test the security configurations they do have
        The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem


        Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security helps teams develop robust prevention, detection and incident response capabilities to protect their company's vital digital business ecosystem. This report will help security pros understand the technologies best suited to empowering and extending their Zero Trust initiatives and will detail how Forrester sees this model and framework growing and evolving.

        Overcoming the Complexity Gap
        Firewall Sprawl
        Aberdeen Group
        Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
        Aberdeen Group
        Network Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
        Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
        The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
        Large Healthcare Provider
        The customer sought a data analysis tool to correlate application data with network and security data to spot service-impacting anomalies. They did not have an accurate picture of interoperability between applications and the underlying infrastructure.
        Major Airline
        Following a merger with another airline, this customer was left managing a large number of firewalls and routers from different security vendors using a home-grown application.
        National Insurance Provider
        This national insurance provider had three problems to tackle regarding their firewall policies. First, the number of rules under management was overwhelming staff and processes. They needed to increase visibility and effectiveness of their firewall change request/workflow ticketing process. And they also need help maintaining compliance PCI DSS requirements.
        Managed Service Provider
        Each time this Global MSP engaged a new customer, they had to onboard the firewalls – sometimes hundreds per engagement – into their network. Part of the onboarding process required assessing the policies against internal best practices – a manual, line-by-line process that took an average of 16 hours/firewall and was extremely error-prone.