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After conducting a technical analysis and deciding on which NSPM solution is right for you, you may be wondering, “what now?”. Planning for an installation may seem like a daunting task, but thankfully you’re not alone in this process. This is where FireMon’s Professional Services team comes into play.  

FireMon’s Professional Service team guides our clients through each phase of implementation, ensuring the service is set up and integrated quickly and efficiently. With over 2,000 implementations over 20+ years, FireMon Professional Services has a proven implementation process focused on delivering outcomes and optimizing your time to value. In this blog post, we will outline FireMon’s deployment process. 

What to Expect through Implementation 

With several service offerings of Professional Services implementation to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the right fit for your organization. Implementation will typically take between 9-13 weeks depending on your environment and the availability of the required resources in your organization. FireMon will coordinate with your team to confirm scope, timelines, and implementation readiness. From there, we’ll assist with planning, scheduling, developing, executing, and reporting on your custom implementation plan. 

1. Initiation – FireMon will provide a technical consulting session to review, provide guidance, and assist in planning your installation of FireMon software in your deployment environment.

2. Environment Prep – FireMon will provide an Implementation Readiness Checklist in advance of this phase. If you opt for a distributed architecture, you will need to provision the deployment environment in accordance with FireMon’s requirements.

3. Install Software – FireMon will review your self-installation to verify core functionality of the FireMon software, including, by way of example: Retrievals functioning correctly / Configurations normalizing correctly / Receiving usage via syslog/LEA/hit counters / Verifying change detection is configured correctly / Authentication configured (i.e., LDAP, RADIUS) / User group permissions are properly defined / Validate SMTP is configured correctly / Backup process configured / Zones and network segments imported.

4. Demo and Deploy – FireMon will provide an additional session to review the configuration and demonstrate the prioritized use case(s) in the deployment environment to the business owner to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved and that they can begin to use the solution immediately. FireMon will provide additional technical consulting session(s) for the configuration and operation of FireMon software as needed.

5. Closeout – This includes a Health & Architecture Review and FireMon Runbook. The Health and Architecture Review is a snapshot of the current health / configuration of your current deployment of FireMon, including System Inventory, Health Assessment, Commands, and Server Health.

The FireMon Runbook is a reference document that outlines tasks and troubleshooting to ensure FireMon and device health: / Daily Tasks / Weekly Tasks / Monthly Tasks / Quarterly Tasks / Basic Troubleshooting

6. Operational Transition – Our team will ensure a smooth transition to support / CXM, while you take advantage of the benefits FireMon has to offer.

In conclusion, deploying a network security policy management solution like FireMon involves several steps, including initiation, environment preparation, software installation, deployment, closing out, and operational transition. Each step is critical to the success of the deployment and requires careful attention to detail. By following these steps, your organization can ensure the effective deployment of FireMon and better protect your data and assets from cyber threats. 

If you are looking to learn more or get in touch with FireMon’s Professional Service team, contact us today. 

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