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Blog

Jul 31, 2017 What is a multi-cloud environment and how do I secure it?
You may have heard the phrase multi-cloud environment and wondered what it was, do you have it and maybe even thought: whoa, that sounds like a security nightmare.
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Jul 25, 2017 Threat Hunting? Ditch the SIEM - Part 2

To date, SIEM vendors have not provided the market with the functions needed for producing world-class threat hunting. Again, threat hunting is a method. In order to follow this method, we have to have tools that accelerate and amplify our human work, rather than using technologies that brush aside our method in favor of operating within their paradigm. Too many threat hunting programs are sputtering because we continue to believe that the method should conform to the technology, but that gets things backwards.

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Jul 14, 2009

FireMon eVolution is released!

I am very pleased and excited to announce the release of FireMon eVolution, version 5.0 (Press Release).  Dating back to 2001, when FireMon v1 was first released, FireMon has been a clear innovator in the space of Security Management.  This release is no different, bringing several very impressive innovations to market.  But, FireMon eVolution is more than just a technological advancement; this release represents a true evolution in firewall management.

Before I discuss what eVolution means to the market and to Secure Passage, let me first provide a brief history of what we have accomplished over the previous 8 years.

For years, FireMon has helped administrators deal with many of the complexities of managing firewalls.  Initially we helped address a business continuity and security issue of incorrect changes.  Introducing side-by-side change reporting, FireMon provided an understandable visual representation of the change permitting a control point for security verification and a restore point for restoration of operation.  Several years later, FireMon introduced business continuity analysis with auditing capabilities to ensure consistent policy enforcement.

By 2004, FireMon revolutionized firewall policy management with two of the most important operational tools ever introduced in this space with Policy Test and Rule Usage analysis.  Even to this day, policy test is one of the most powerful policy management features providing search, test, compliance, risk, and analysis capabilities to ease management of even the most complex policies deployed in enterprises today.  Similarly Rule Usage revolutionized policy clean-up tasks, providing a clear indication of unused rules.  Although we were excited about this feature when we first created it, we didn’t fully appreciate how necessary it was.  Over time, it became apparent how desperate enterprises were for this capability.  Even to this day, it is one of the most sought after capabilities in FireMon.

Recognizing the potential opportunity of FireMon, Secure Passage undertook a substantial architecture project to enable support for more devices and enterprise scalability.  Although it was a long road, we achieved our objective to create an extensive, scalable and stable framework on which we could build our next generation of FireMon.  On this platform, we have seen the creation of an extensible analysis and reporting solution which we have used to create some very creative custom reports for large enterprises.  We have added support for an ever-growing list of firewalls.  We have extended our rule usage to analyze object usage.  Policy test has been extended to enable more refined analysis.

And through all this, FireMon has been sold to nearly 300 enterprise customers with more than 25,000 devices are under management.

So what’s next….

FireMon eVolution builds on this 8 years of technology innovation and takes giant steps beyond just a collection of powerful tools towards a comprehensive management and governance solution.

If you evaluate all our previous capabilities, you will see a very common theme; to address many symptoms of poor firewall management.  Firewalls devolve over time permitting too much access through years of mis-management.  We provided post-change comparison reports that isolated otherwise obscured changes.  Policy test is a powerful tool to investigate overly complicated policies.  Rule usage was necessary to identify long-forgotten rules that were no longer needed.  Powerful analysis functions helped make sense of complicated configurations.  Service Risk Analysis helped identify low-hanging fruit of excessively risky rule definitions.  These are extremely powerful and certainly innovative solutions to address the many shortcomings of the vendor-provided tools.  But every one of them was the equivalent to giving a firewall admin an aspirin to deal with the pain he was inflicting with the hammer he was using to hit a nail, but instead kept hitting his thumb.  What is needed is a remedy for the cause…we need to ensure the hammer hits the nail!

FireMon eVolution changes the role of FireMon in the enterprise.  The goal of every firewall is to control access.  The policy is the implementation of that goal.  And the rule is the building block of the policy that controls the access.  If every rule is correct and permits (or denies) the appropriate access, the firewall will effectively implement the access control policy of the enterprise.  Effective management of all rules results in effective firewall management (Better Security through Better Management!).  What is needed is better firewall rule management.  FireMon eVolution is the answer to this challenge.

I look forward to sharing more how FireMon eVolution addresses these challenges.

Events

Webinars

Jul 27, 2017 Bridge the Gap Between Your Risk & Network Teams to Reduce Risk
Recent cyberattacks such as Wannacry and Petya magnify the need to make risk and vulnerability management a top priority for organizations.  Combine that with a network security posture that is too open from years of access changes and little policy cleanup, organizations are more at risk now than at any time in history. 
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Jun 29, 2017 The Hybrid Cloud Reality: Managing Security in Private, Public & On-Premises Environments
In a recent study, 90% of IT security practitioners reported that their organization has adopted or plans to adopt a cloud solution. Cloud is now.
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Jun 22, 2017 La vida del firewall: administración constante y automatizada del ciclo de vida de las políticas

El nuevo paradigma de la automatización es la “Administración del Ciclo de Vida”

 

Te mostraremos cómo FireMon Intelligent Policy Automation utiliza la tecnología de automatización e inteligencia para reducir el esfuerzo e incrementar la eficacia en cada etapa del proceso de cambios.
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Jun 06, 2017 Top 5 Risks of "Dirty" Firewalls
Firewall rules are notoriously complex and voluminous in nature. Even small organizations have multiple firewalls and significant complexity. But large organizations are overwhelmed.
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News

Jun 07, 2017
Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
Jun 06, 2017
Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
SC Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
SearchSecurity
Jun 01, 2017
250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
Info Security
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
How to manage the Complexity Gap
IT Pro Portal
May 26, 2017
Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
SC Magazine UK
May 25, 2017
83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
Betanews
May 24, 2017
Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading
May 23, 2017
WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
Information Security Buzz
May 23, 2017
WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
Computer Weekly
May 18, 2017
Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
Information Security Buzz
May 16, 2017
Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
SC Magazine
May 15, 2017
10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
Information Age
May 12, 2017
Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
Computing Security
May 12, 2017
Sabre Breach
Information Security Buzz
May 12, 2017
FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
IT Security Guru
May 12, 2017
FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
Dark Reading
May 12, 2017
WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
Wired
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Resource Library

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Datasheets

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Solution Briefs

Policy Change

White Papers

Visibility Monitoring Management

Analyst Reports

Policy Change

Case Studies

Security Manager
Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
Policy Planner
Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
Policy Optimizer
Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
Risk Analyzer
Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
Immediate Insight
Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
Intelligent Security Management
Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
Hybrid Cloud Management
Visibility into and control over Cloud Services, including AWS and OpenStack Platforms
Accelerated Incident Response
Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
Change Simulation & Risk Scoring
Proactively reduce risk based upon network exposure and host accessibility
Check Point Solution Brief
FireMon solutions and Check Point
Cisco Solution Brief

FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

Fortinet Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Fortinet
Juniper Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Juniper
NSX Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for NSX
Palo Alto Solution Brief
FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
2017 State of the Firewall
Networking continues to evolve, yet the firewall remains critical to securing today’s enterprises. FireMon is proud to present its 3rd Annual State of the Firewall Report
Firewall Cleanup Recommendations
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
Risk analysis with real-time change configuration is key to managing security risks in your IT infrastructure.
Real-Time Data Triage
Our Immediate Insight platform from FireMon can help organizations overcome the limitations and gaps inherent to the current analytic market.
Bridging the SIEM Alert Triage Gap
Immediate Insight enables security teams to improve event triage and incident response, extending the value of your existing full-featured SIEM.
Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Security Management

Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

The Top 5 Myths of Data Breaches
Five of the biggest myths that exist about data breaches, and explain how and why they occur.
Firewall Sprawl: Top Four Security Gaps Exposed

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.

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
Gartner
Overcoming the Complexity Gap
Bloor
When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
Gartner
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Forrester
Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
Forrester
The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
IANS
Large Healthcare Provider
The customer sought a data analysis tool to correlate application data with network and security data to spot service-impacting anomalies. They did not have an accurate picture of interoperability between applications and the underlying infrastructure.
Major Airline
Following a merger with another airline, this customer was left managing a large number of firewalls and routers from different security vendors using a home-grown application.
National Insurance Provider
This national insurance provider had three problems to tackle regarding their firewall policies. First, the number of rules under management was overwhelming staff and processes. They needed to increase visibility and effectiveness of their firewall change request/workflow ticketing process. And they also need help maintaining compliance PCI DSS requirements.
Managed Service Provider
Each time this Global MSP engaged a new customer, they had to onboard the firewalls – sometimes hundreds per engagement – into their network. Part of the onboarding process required assessing the policies against internal best practices – a manual, line-by-line process that took an average of 16 hours/firewall and was extremely error-prone.