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Unless you’re under a rock, you know that the WannaCry Ransomware cyberattack swept worldwide headlines last week.
Organizations scrambled to apply the latest Microsoft security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack. It’s estimated that the ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 victims in 150 countries.
The final matchup of the FireMon Feature Bracket Challenge came down to this: The perennial favorite, Policy Test versus the underdog and fan favorite, Rule Recommendation. With two powerhouse features going head to head, who would come out on top?
It was no surprise to see Policy Test in the finals. With a long history, first invented and introduced by FireMon in 2004, it has been a valued feature in the product for years. While more capabilities have been added through the years, such as multiple inputs, and/or conditions and matching types, the core functionality of evaluating firewall behavior is still the central value of the feature. Check out the highlight video of Policy Test here. This behavioral analysis capability makes Policy Test a difficult matchup for any feature competitor.
Rule Recommendation brings a big reputation of success to this final matchup. Introduced in the product less than two years ago, it solves one of the big challenges in the marketplace; helping create the RIGHT rule. Way too often, new rules are added to a firewall at the request of a user when either the access is already supported or an existing rule could simply be updated. Rule Recommendation takes into account the network topology and the existing firewall policies to suggest the necessary and most effective change to the policies. But in a surprise twist to the Feature Bracket Challenge, we find Rule Recommendation, which is based on the core Policy Test engine, competing against the engine itself, Policy Test.
The battle was fierce. While Policy Test took an early lead, Rule Recommendation fought back hard behind the power of automation. In the end, Policy Test proved too powerful and Rule Recommendation was left with the consolation of knowing it is built on the engine of this year's Feature Bracket Challenge Winner...
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.