Interoperability and scale continue to be key value propositions emphatically echoed by security executives as they seek to gain insight into the breadth of their network security postures. In a recent conversation with FireMon CEO Satin H. Mirchandani, he went to great lengths to impress that the sheer speed of modern computing means companies must ramp up immediately or risk being left behind. Security – “do you have it?” and “can you get it?” – can no longer be a barrier to innovation.
“The network is not just a single zone – software-defined networks, micro-segmentation, and the addition of network rules and assets have all added to its exponential complexity. Customers have told us that there are just too many security tools on the market. Enterprises are looking for ways to deal with this new reality. Security touches all of these advancements and is ready to deliver a new level of value to business operations,” said Mirchandani.
Mirchandani explained that there are three key forces shaping today’s reality: 1) interoperability and scale, 2) reduced complexity, and 3) exception management. Mirchandani called these three pillars the new framework to drive agile concepts and workflows to make security a business enabler.
Pillars in Action – How FireMon is Leading
FireMon is already built to deliver on the promise of interoperability, scalability and reduced complexity. Its flagship product, Security Manager, is already the de facto standard for enterprises with complex network architectures. Delivering the intelligence required to use exception management as a method of looking at the network, analyzing the pathways, and seeing the impact of rules and security controls to manage changes in real-time, ensure continuous compliance, and clean up firewall rules, Security Manager simplifies, scales and optimizes security operations. That’s just the start.
Network complexity has made companies more vulnerable to risk and volatility. Device management and having a clear view of what is on the network is an important consideration in reducing complexity. With the acquisition of Lumeta, FireMon has taken device management to the next level.
“Lumeta provides an essential foundational tool for running a secure enterprise by shining a light on the devices, endpoints and literally everything on your network in real-time. Enterprises can put their infrastructures on notice by eliminating visibility gaps that are conduits for intrusion, particularly in IoT and ICS environments,” added Mirchandani.
The lack of visibility and automation, the growing complexity of monitoring security controls and changes, and the need to maintain compliance spanning on-premises, virtual and multi-cloud environments, make it extremely difficult for security professionals to respond to business needs in a timely manner. With extensive visualization and visual analytics capabilities added by Lumeta, FireMon delivers full visibility into enterprise attack surfaces and complete network anomaly detection across on-premises, virtual and cloud environments.
“For today’s enterprises, adopting cloud and virtualization are the easy parts,” added Mirchandani. “We have now solved the hard part by removing the complexity, ensuring scale and interoperability for security operations.”
Intent-Based Security Set to Drive Business Enablement
Mirchandani outlined steps organizations can take to increase responsiveness to business disruption and opportunity, and discussed how companies can become stronger than their competitors by building, protecting and delivering greater value to enterprise operations.
“Doing business within global networks has brought greater complexity and risk into the game. Executives must have visibility into every aspect of their business and network to act effectively and decisively,” Mirchandani continued.
FireMon introduced the concept of intent-based security to help companies achieve this set of objectives: improve business insight, provide clarity, enhance best practices and accelerate the speed of innovation. With the release of Global Policy Controller (GPC), FireMon brings together business stakeholders and security operations in a consistent, parallel operating model that improves security and agility while reducing costs. The result is a policy orchestration platform that delivers efficient, compliant security configurations in seconds, global visibility and management of network posture, and continuous security control for traditional and virtual platforms.
Why is this such a big issue? Because while, for example, application development has achieved quantum improvements in speed and quality through the adoption of agile and DevOps, security still relies on manual processes that are falling farther and farther behind the “speed of business.” Attempting to keep security policies up-to-date and effectively enforced is a massive challenge – and impossible using outmoded manual processes that were created in the age of traditional security perimeters and year-long development cycles.
To lead, companies must align business strategy and IT enablement with a persistent focus on delivering value and continuously innovating. This is where the application of intent-based security concepts will bring security up to a level of automation and optimization commensurate with other areas of IT.
FireMon pioneered Network Security Policy Management as a critical business function. Today, the company is well-positioned to help enterprises adapt rapidly to a more complex cloud security network environment. Just last November, SC Magazine awarded Security Manager with a coveted 5-star review. To kick-off the new year, GPC also was named to the exclusive SC Magazine 2018 Innovators List.
Mirchandani ended the conversation with thoughts on the future.
“We were heartened to hear the great news from SC Media, I view them as confirming, third-party validation that FireMon is on the right path, helping customers solve critical challenges with world-class, award-winning products today – and into the future. The true test of whether FireMon has built a strong and flexible brand is how well it can be leveraged against today’s business objectives, as well as in changing market conditions of the future. We are set to continue to lead.”