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Cisco made a big announcement yesterday about the expansion of their partner ecosystem, and FireMon is thrilled to be a part of it. As part of their ongoing commitment toward openness and integration, they have enabled us to make use of Cisco Firepower’s “write” REST APIs in upcoming versions of FireMon Security Manager and Policy Planner.

According to Cisco, the new API functionality “enables management of Firepower firewall policy from 3rd party management tools, thereby simplifying creation of consistent policies across a deployment… even when there are multiple firewall vendors in the environment.”

FireMon worked with Cisco intermittently for the past 3 years as they developed these APIs—requesting specific features and advising on industry-standard best practices. We have long held that vendor-supported APIs are the only way to consistently and reliably make changes on managed devices, and it’s an honor to see this project come to fruition.

So, what does this mean for our customers? The ability to write policies is one of the many pieces of the puzzle required to automate the entire firewall change process — from design to implementation. When done successfully, these process improvements free security professionals to do real security analysis instead of getting bogged down in day-to-day administrative tasks.

Support for Firepower will be coming later this year, but the work has already begun. We’ll be announcing more about our plans for automation in the next week, and if you’re attending Cisco Live this month, stop by booth #2557 for a demo of the firewall change automation technology.