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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.