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Gary Fish and I had a great conversation with Alan Shimel on his Security Exe podcast last week. If you have a few minutes, you can listen to our discussion here: http://www.ashimmy.com/2011/12/have-we-got-risk-all-wrong.html
One of the great points to come out of a conversation was a comment Gary made. Paraphrasing here, Gary proclaimed, You shouldn't buy another security product until you understand your current security posture. And that is power of Risk Analyzer. Identify the gaps that really need fixed before you spend your money on another ineffective security product.
I think this is a great point. Before you set out to fix something, understand what you are trying to fix.
Also, this statement reinforces the message we have been making for years. Security technology to mitigate, reduce or limit risk is great, but only if it is effectively managed. Understanding the current security posture in the context of these existing controls should be a pre-requisite to any future security project.
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.