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Securing the Supply Chain with Security Policy Management
Dec 11, 2017
With the latest BCI Supply Chain Resiliency Report revealing that some of the top causes of supply chain disruption are cyberattacks and data breaches, and with global supply…
Why FireMon Continues to Dominate NPSM - Part 2: Real-Time Monitoring
Dec 05, 2017
In Part 1, we looked at how any solution that closes the Complexity Gap require Performance At Scale. If an organization is going to wrap…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 28, 2017
In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series we saw how to implement Gartner’s first three recommendations for security configuration assessments (SCAs).…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 22, 2017
In this series, we're looking at the essential parts of a Security Configuration Assessment (SCA).  Let’s continue the dialogue and look at the other recommendations…

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



        Dec 06, 2017 6 Ways to Evaluate Firewall Change Requests to Ensure Security and Compliance and Prevent Risk Creep
        Firewalls are like Roach Motels – rules check in but they don’t checkout. When you look at a firewall with thousands (or tens of thousands) of rules you have to wonder if they are all still needed. Join Ultimate Windows Security and FireMon to find out how to automate the work flow of firewall change requests, capture and document rule changes, evaluate the impact of rules and compare rules to the characteristics of the actual packets being passed by those rules.
        Nov 09, 2017 6 Steps for Firewall Assessment for Compliance and Security
        Don’t let the pendulum swings fool you; firewalls are not dead, and the perimeter still matters. But in addition to the perimeter we recognize the need for more internal segmentation to limit lateral movement and protect segregated zones like the red forest. So, we need and probably should have more firewalls than ever.
        Oct 31, 2017 Think GDPR Doesn't Impact You? Think Again...
        Companies across the globe are scrambling to meet the new compliance directives that are imposed by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in 2018. If you’re thinking, “I’m not in the EU, so it doesn’t matter”, think again.
        Sep 26, 2017 GDPR: Security Management Best Practices You Need to Know
        In this webinar, FireMon’s resident GDPR expert, Tim Woods, will help lay the groundwork for a plan to comply by the 2018 deadline. We’ll also cover the vital role security management plays in protecting data from the start, including these specific capabilities you need to comply with Articles 25, 32, 35 and 58.


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        Info Security
        Aug 17, 2017
        The Top Security Challenges for 2017
        SC Magazine
        Aug 14, 2017
        Creditseva, KS Enterprises Breaches Highlight Need for Improved Cloud Security
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        Jul 28, 2017
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        Information Management
        Jul 09, 2017
        4 Signs Check Point Software's Best Days Are Ahead
        Motley Fool
        Jun 07, 2017
        Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
        SC Magazine UK
        Jun 06, 2017
        Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
        SC Magazine
        Jun 06, 2017
        Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
        Jun 01, 2017
        250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
        Info Security
        Jun 01, 2017
        OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
        Dark Reading
        Jun 01, 2017
        OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
        Dark Reading
        May 29, 2017
        How to manage the Complexity Gap
        IT Pro Portal
        May 26, 2017
        Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
        SC Magazine UK
        May 25, 2017
        83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
        May 24, 2017
        Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
        Dark Reading
        May 23, 2017
        WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
        Information Security Buzz
        May 23, 2017
        WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
        Computer Weekly
        May 18, 2017
        Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
        Information Security Buzz
        May 16, 2017
        Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
        SC Magazine
        May 15, 2017
        10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
        Information Age
        May 12, 2017
        Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
        Computing Security
        May 12, 2017
        Sabre Breach
        Information Security Buzz
        May 12, 2017
        FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
        IT Security Guru
        May 12, 2017
        FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
        Dark Reading
        May 12, 2017
        WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
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        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
        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.
        Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
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        The Top 5 Myths of Data Breaches
        Five of the biggest myths that exist about data breaches, and explain how and why they occur.
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        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.
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        Large Healthcare Provider
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        Major Airline
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        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.