Firewall Change Management Joins Mainstream Business Workflows

Every organization has fundamental, tested management processes that cover all major functional areas to run the business. Security, however, frequently introduces unique network security parameters that don’t readily fit within established management procedures.

Incorporating security into fundamental management processes can be difficult given the long standing, established systems that are used to run the show. Fortunately, industry standards have evolved to streamline integration into critical processes to deliver crucial intelligence to numerous decision makers.

Our new Version 3.0 of our Policy Planner module combines automated analysis of network enforcement with support for the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.0 standard. Spearheaded by technology leaders including Accenture, IBM, Oracle, SAP and Unisys, support for BPMN methodologies permit rapid deployment of Policy Planner alongside those companies’ solutions, as well as many others.

This leverages FireMon’s integrated work flow to facilitate integration with existing business process management solutions. By including BPMN Version 2.0 best practices throughout analysis and rule recommendation, Policy Planner 3.0 provides targeted results crucial to both business and technical users, addressing one of today’s IT security workforce management challenges. It also allows for consistent communication of security-oriented matters across the entire organization.

Multiple teams including audit staff can also create customized workflows using Policy Planner BPMN 2.0-compliant task templates, including forks for parallel approval paths, resulting decisions, status notifications, pre-set timers to escalate delayed tickets, and related user inputs. Workflow is delivered in industry-standard modeling notation with queue-specific templates and customized ticketing flows, providing the ability to submit requests based on the nature of proposed changes, current enforcement, or user access level.

To learn more about how to integrate firewall change management with your mainstream business systems using Policy Planner 3.0, visit