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Cybersecurity: Why businesses in EMEA are behind the US
Aug 15, 2018
Recently released, the 2018 State of the Firewall Report 2018 [insert web link over report title] - FireMon’s fourth annual survey of over 300 security…
Continuous Security Starts with Intent
Aug 07, 2018
It was back in August of 2011 when Hewlett-Packard, one of the most reliable PC/hardware producers of the modern age, announced that it was going…
FireMon 8.22: Enhanced Security and Expanded Automation & Compatibility
Jul 19, 2018
With the release of v8.22 the goal is to increase your team's efficiency while improving FireMon’s usability, enhancing operational security and stability, expanding automation, and…








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Firewall Policy Compliance - Continuous Monitoring



Nearly every organization faces significant IT security compliance demands regardless of industry, with the goal of ensuring that mandated controls are always in place and that assessments are being performed with proscribed regularity.

In addition to being a security best practice, continuous monitoring is one of the most common requirements of many compliance initiatives, including PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, NIST, and DISA. In future posts, we will cover how to address these requirements more specifically.

What is Continuous Monitoring?

Continuous monitoring is an important function to monitor rule sets and assess proposed rule changes against a set of checks that map to internal security policies, a set of industry compliance requirements or the subset of other regulations that incorporate controls on network access rules and how they're managed.

Why is Continuous Monitoring Important?

Continuous monitoring is important for a number of reasons. For one, the more you understand about what’s happening in your environment,the more likely your company is to detect threats, which lead to breaches.

Second, accidents happen and sometimes a legit change causes more harm than good. However, if you only inspect these changes at the end of the day you very well could have opened or created a gap in security in the interim. Continuous monitoring will help you detect and understand these changes in real-time.

And finally, compliance initiatives. There is a reason why many compliance requirements either recommend or mandate continuous monitoring - it can single-handedly prevent a breach. Passing compliance regulations can often be seen as a pain or a hassle, but at the end of the day many of these requirements will help improve your security posture.

How FireMon Provides Continuous Monitoring

FireMon Security Manager and the Policy Planner module streamlines compliance auditing and validation processes by using automation to demonstrate that network access controls are in place at all times and are being tested frequently.

While existing compliance automation solutions may help confirm that appropriate configurations are in place in the network security device rules base, FireMon offers the ability to comprehensively analyze and report in real-time that all of those systems have been calibrated together to prevent access and maintain true critical asset protection.

Here are three key ways FireMon helps with continuous monitoring:

    • Real-time, uninterrupted visibility into current security device enforcement including logging of all configuration changes and recording all audit log details.

    • Ability to model and test the impact of all changes prior to implementation to ensure that they do not create additional IT risks, reducing time and increasing efficiency while fully documenting all changes for compliance purposes.

    • Continuous assessment of all security device configurations in real time, compared to detailed federal enforcement standards via a knowledge base of required criteria, allowing for audit of any device against those measures.

    Charles Danley is the Senior Compliance Engineer for FireMon. In his role, he is responsible for the engineering, design and integration of information security and regulatory compliance solutions.

    Events

    Webinars

    Aug 16, 2018 Migrating to the Cloud? Don’t Forget Your Firewalls
    Running workloads in the cloud gets rid of a lot of work and some risk but you might be surprised how many firewalls you’ll end up with in the cloud if you follow best practice.
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    Jul 31, 2018 Executing Consistent Security Policy Across a Multi-Cloud Environment
    The cloud is a notable business advantage, but it does bring numerous security concerns including: a lack of visibility across cloud or between on-premises and cloud environments, monitoring security controls and changes within cloud and multi-cloud environments, and maintaining compliance by monitoring cloud traffic for suspicious and non-compliant behavior.
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    Jul 26, 2018 The Time for Intent-Based Security is Here
    In this session, we will explore strategies for defining security intent and reveal how to take IBNS from a great idea on paper to a great idea in practice.
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    May 10, 2018 Final Countdown: 4 Principles You Need Before GDPR Hits

    In this webinar, we’ll show you the principles needed for GDPR success:

    1. Risk-based data protection
    2. Measuring security effectiveness
    3. Monitoring data protection
    4. Orchestrating persistent compliance
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    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
    FireMon Appliances

    Your environment is unique. No matter how many devices you have or where they are located, we have an FM appliance and a deployment option to meet your needs.

    Moving to the Cloud
    Central security control for expanding cloud intrastructures.
    Risk Mitigation
    Eliminate disruptions while removing security risks.
    Reduce Security Costs
    Continuous security that doesn't break the bank.
    Intent-based Network Security
    Continuous security starts with intent.
    Elasticsearch
    FireMon and Elasticsearch: Warp speed security
    Continuous Security for Industrial Enterprises
    Command security for PCN and SCADA networks
    Internet of Things
    Taming the ever-expanding IoT attack surface.
    Zero Trust
    Continuous Security for Zero Trust Networks
    Migrations Made Easy
    Speed up adoption of NGFW with FireMon.
    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
    Accelerating Incident Response. Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
    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
    3 Steps to Gain Control of Cloud Security
    Better cloud visibility brings better cloud security.
    2018 State of the Firewall
    The full report walks through budget needs, staffing concerns, five-year firewall strategies, and more about how network security professionals at best-in-class businesses of all sizes see the evolution of firewalls.
    A Primer On Intent-Based Network Security
    Intent-based network security (IBNS) decouples intent from implementation. In this model, intent becomes the bedrock of policies and controls, and implementation serves as the device-specific enforcement of the declared security goal.
    Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
    Visibility is often a first step toward cloud security
    Gain Control of the Cloud

    Cloud technology gives enterprises faster application deployment, instant storage, workload versatility and pricing models that decrease initial capital investment. It is no wonder enterprises are making the move to the cloud.

    The Four Factors Necessary For Zero Trust

    FireMon helps organizations move towards Zero Trust by providing:

    • Visibility into the network
    • Analysis of network traffic flow and possible breach points
    • Security Intent to determine what’s permissible
    • Orchestration to consistently automate what needs to be done
    5 Reasons to Implement Security Policy Orchestration and Automation

    Reduce your attack surface with a Security Policy Orchestration and Automation solution like FireMon.

    Managing Migration Mayhem
    Migrations can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned security professional. Follow this roadmap for a smooth, successful migration.
    Four Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface

    Larger attack surface means more opportunities for cybercriminals to do harm. Learn how FireMon can help you remove exposures before they become exploited.

    Why GDPR is Nothing to Fear
    A practical (and sometimes philosophical) guide to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation.
    Four Key Factors for a Successful Migration

    Migrations run the risk of cost overrun, delays and disruption of network service - often due to a lack of personnel and process to efficiently and effectively manage. To ensure a successful migration, consider these four key factors: 1) identifying and removing technical mistakes, 2) removing unused access, 3) refining and organizing what remains and 4) continuous, real-time monitoring.

    Top 5 Requirements for Your NSPM Solution
    Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) continues to be a difficult practice for organizations the world over. In the last 20 years, network security policies (e.g. firewall rules) have grown by more than 3,500%. Yes, you read that number correctly. Why is that?
    Achieving Gartner's Recommendations for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment
    Gartner research has uncovered a number of security policy challenges for enterprises. Among these challenges are the typical assessments necessary to fortify policy for compliance and improved security posture.
    The Top 4 Myths of Policy Compliance & How to Avoid Non-Compliance
    Welcome to the world of overflowing regulations and compliance standards, of evolving infrastructure and the ever-present breach. It's a world where 72% of security and compliance personnel say their jobs are more difficult today than just two years ago.
    Planning Considerations for Compliance with GDPR
    The GDPR deadline is approaching quickly. If you haven’t started your GDPR journey yet, now is the time.
    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.
    How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
    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.
    Using Security Policy And Automation (SPOA) Tools To Reduce The Attack Surface
    Attack surfaces have expanded greatly in the past several years, in part because of the amount of new applications coming online via Internet of Things and increasingly connected technology. Organizations have an admittedly tough time keeping up with all the new touchpoints and the rapid expansion of the attack surface. Complete defense is nearly impossible, and many companies struggle with visibility issues, mismatched or misaligned firewall policies, and an inability to comprehensively test the security configurations they do have
    The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem

    Forrester

    Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security helps teams develop robust prevention, detection and incident response capabilities to protect their company's vital digital business ecosystem. This report will help security pros understand the technologies best suited to empowering and extending their Zero Trust initiatives and will detail how Forrester sees this model and framework growing and evolving.

    Overcoming the Complexity Gap
    Bloor
    Firewall Sprawl
    Aberdeen Group
    Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
    Aberdeen Group
    Network 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.