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Information Security is a complex problem in many ways: complex networks, complex requirements and complex technology. But it would be much more manageable if it were static. However, it is far from static. New systems are added to the network. Business requirements change frequently. And the threat landscape is extremely dynamic. Managing security in this environment is a significant challenge.
A key to successful security management and in turn effective security is understanding the current state of your security posture. Complexity inherently introduces mistakes, gaps and obscures them at the same time. For example, a firewall, implemented with the specific purpose of limiting risk by controlling access, often has configurations so complicated that it is impossible to understand what access is being allowed. And if it is impossible to understand what access is being allowed, it is impossible to understand the risk it is limiting or exposing. Helping analyze these complex configurations and provide visibility into what access is being allowed or denied has been a key value of Security Manager for over a decade.
But it takes more than occasional analysis to ensure effective security. With the near-constant changes happening in the network and the dynamic threat landscape, continuous assessment is required. Establishing controls, definitions of correct or incorrect configuration or behavior, and continually evaluating the security of the network against those controls is the most effective way to automate this analysis. What you do with this analysis is what separates truly effective security organizations from the rest.
Improving security requires more than just fixing what is broke. It requires measuring the effectiveness of security operations; technology, people and processes. Continually assessing the security controls defined and measuring the results over time creates a framework to measure security operations. Setting the expectation that improvement is the goal will result in improved security.
Better Security through Better 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?
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.