Why FireMon Continues to Dominate NSPM – Part 2: Real-Time Monitoring

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 its arms around growing and irregular networks, then they must have solutions that address the entire enterprise.

Just as essential to Performance At Scale is being able to make sense of all the complexity with a sub-second view of network activity. In this portion of the series, we’ll take a look at Real-Time Monitoring.

Real-Time Monitoring

If we are going to close the Complexity Gap it is essential to quickly discover network problems and automate our response. Now that you have a solution that scales out to embrace the global network, why settle for periodic polls from that network? After all, you have it surrounded. Why not see what’s happening in every moment?

Real-Time Monitoring provides the means to assess what is happening on the network in nanoseconds. This can be a difficult undertaking. Several solutions for NSPM are unable to give the user real-time monitoring because of architectural constraints. Let’s face it…networks are chatty. The amount of data from across a global network is measured in petabytes, and throughput can be limited when the architecture cannot support that kind of elephant.

Other NSPM solutions use force to accommodate an architecture that fumbles the moment it is asked to ingest vast datasets. They force the user to do things that are not in the user’s best interest. They force conformity to their methods, conformity to their licensing and conformity to their design. In order to keep the system from buckling, those NSPM solutions offer a different method for data retrieval – polling.

When you poll for data, you make a periodic grab for the configurations and changes that happened on the device. This allows you to throttle the data input so the analysis system doesn’t crumble under the weight of a global network. However, if you spent the time and resources to scale your network analysis to the global enterprise, what good is it to see only what’s happened in a periodic poll? We have now reached a point where the end user must settle for inferior architecture and surrender the need for real-time analysis.

FireMon thinks differently.

The FireMon Difference

FireMon’s real-time monitoring gives security and network operations the ability to observe relevant details across their global, hybrid environments. With granular and sub-second views, security and network teams can quickly identify policy violations, malicious user behavior, troublesome network activity, application connections breaks, and sit back to watch the continuous compliance checks.

Let’s think about this from the perspective of a network engineer facing the findings of an audit. During the audit, regular reports were generated from the network devices illustrating the ways that network traffic is allowed to-and-from segments and assets. Seems straightforward.

But what if you needed to see the exact network behavior, the effects of a rule or the moment in which you fell out of compliance? Without real-time monitoring you are left with the time-honored tradition of best guess.

How about another example? You’re a network engineer whose phone and inbox are lighting up. It’s the application failure…again. How do you determine which changes were made, by whom and the network traffic caused by the change. With great difficulty is the answer. 

But with real-time monitoring, all the data is in an active livestream so you can pinpoint where a compliance measure failed, where a user gained unauthorized access and the details around configuration changes. Only real-time monitoring can do that. And only FireMon does real-time monitoring.

So, what’s so great about FireMon? Thank you for asking. We believe the Complexity Gap stands in the way of network security excellence. We provide solutions to make sure today’s challenges become yesterday’s war stories.

Real-time monitoring closes the Complexity Gap with remorseless speed. With our enterprise-grade architectural design and framework, you do not have to settle for periodic polls. You can have all the relevant data hitting your eyes, crunching in your brain, to make the right decision every time.

You can only get real-time monitoring from FireMon. Because FireMon is the only network security policy management platform with the architecture to deliver it.

Our architecture isn’t a miracle, we just decided that better design leads to better products. Products that put the customer first, helping them defeat their greatest challenges. This foundational architecture is the source of all other good things at FireMon. What’s in it for a FireMon customer? Accurate, sub-second answers in network security.

  • How does FireMon support live streaming data for real-time monitoring? Architecture.
  • How does FireMon ingest all that data without polling? Architecture.
  • How does FireMon support network evolution (cloud, SDN, virtualization)? Architecture.
  • How does FireMon provide continuous compliance in real-time? Architecture.

This is what we do. And we are ready to do it with you.