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20. Apr 2017 Shrinking the Complexity Gap
Security teams are under tremendous pressure these days. Data breaches are rising across all industries, and the average total cost of a data breach is a whopping $4 million. Regulators have put compliance requirements in place to try and minimize these breaches, but that has just led to an overabundance of resources thrown at the problem, with very little to show for it at the end.
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14. Apr 2017 Making security part of the company culture

My years of experience managing security programs, across a broad spectrum of industries, has given me a greater understanding of how technology and people both play a critical role in influencing the overall security posture of any organization.

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17. May 2012The Firewall is the Most Successful Technology

Roger Grimes and I have engaged in a very interesting conversation around the necessity and value of firewalls.  Yesterday I took issue in my blog post with Roger's initial claim that the firewall is dead.  In response, Roger continues his argument in his post, The Firestorm over Firewalls.

Roger seems to have capitulated the argument on ineffective management and instead doubled down on two core points:

    • 99% of all attacks are client-side initiated and the firewall is ineffective at protecting against these attacks

    • The fact that the industry is not more secure is proof that the firewall is worthless

    I still take significant issue with the argument that 99% of all attacks are client-side and Roger's proof that anti-virus vendors block a lot of stuff is not compelling to me.  Remember firewalls block a lot of stuff too with billions of logs of dropped traffic generated every second world-wide.  Neither of these points is sufficient to make or dispel the 99% claim.  The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report I referenced is also not perfect, as Roger points out, as it only covers a minority of all attacks worldwide.  But it is the best source I am aware of, so I think it is still worth referencing.  And pointing to a sample graphic ( on page 8 ) meant to describe a documentation  standard as proof that client-side attacks are responsible for all breaches is not very compelling either.  Especially since it was not written to support this point in any way.  However, even if we do acknowledge Roger's proof graphic on page 8, take a look a the paragraph describing it that claims an egress filter (firewall) could have prevented the breach and it seems to dispel Roger's obituary of the firewall.

    But let's set statistics aside.  I imagine there are plenty of other people who can more credibly respond to Roger's unsubstantiated claim about 99% of attacks are client-side.  And, I don't mean to argue that client-side attacks are not an issue, I simply mean to claim they are not the only issue.

    Instead, I would like to hypothetically accept Roger's postion that 99% of all successful attacks are client-side.  I would argue this change in attack vectors through the years strengthens the case that a well-configured firewall is an effective security control.  It is a matter of attackers coming in through the open window instead of the closed door.  The growth in client-side attacks suggest the direct attack is being successfully thwarted by the firewall and less effective solutions are being exploited.

    The great thing about a firewall is that it employs a positive security model where only what you decide to allow is permitted and everything else is denied.  When managed well, it makes it a great security solution.  In contrast, malware detection and anti-virus software employ a negative security model where everything is allowed and only known bad attacks are denied.  This creates a horrible cat and mouse game that the attackers seem adept at winning by staying a step ahead of the latest signatures.  Which begs the question, if Roger's argument is that client-side attacks are the real problem and the fact that we still have security problems is justification to kill a technology, why does he pick on the firewall.  Shouldn't he instead have called anti-virus or anti-malware or some other client-side technology dead instead?  The firewall, according the Roger's own logic, is the one technology in the game that is working.

    The firewall isn't dead.  In fact, I think Roger's arguments strengthen the case the firewalls are working.  Are they perfect, no.  Are they sufficient to solve all the security problems, no.  Should we get rid of them because they are not perfect, NO!

    And this gets to the heart of the matter: the fact that there remain security issues in information technology is not a matter of one technology working or not.  It is not justification to call an effective technology dead because it doesn't solve everything.  When effectively managed, the firewall is a very effective security solution.  Additional capabilities in NG Firewall technology continue to make it a relevant and central part of a security solution.  It should not be considered THE solution, but it certainly shouldn't be discounted either.

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    19. Apr 2017 Closing the Complexity Gap

    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.

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    30. Mar 2017 Data Orchestration for Incident Response
    The biggest challenge security teams face when it comes to the alert triage process is preparing the data for analysis. Analysts can spend 80% of their time or more just to assemble the data to answer the question of whether an alert is a false positive or real incident.

    Immediate orchestrates the data assembly process, freeing up critical time and resources to actually respond to identified events.

    Join us for this webinar to learn how you can streamline the incident response process by orchestrating data assembly from a variety of disparate, external sources, including:
    - FireMon Security Manager
    - Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus
    - VirusTotal
    - Packet Capture
    - Threat Intelligence Feeds
    - And more!
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    07. Mar 2017 Prepare su red para cumplir con la Ley de Protección de Datos

    En la actualidad, uno de los retos principales es preparar las redes de seguridad, no sólo para enfrentar las amenazas, sino también para enfrentar los cumplimientos. El día 26 de enero se publicó en el Diario Oficial la LEY GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS PERSONALES EN POSESIÓN DE SUJETOS OBLIGADOS.

    ¿Está tu red preparada?
    ¿Cuentas con los procesos necesarios para el cumplimiento?

    En esta era digital los datos personales de nuestros clientes y proveedores pasan por una red y se almacenan en una base de datos. Éstos, por ley, deben protegerse por medio de sistemas y procesos. Uno de los objetivos de esta ley es establecer las condiciones de tratamiento de datos personales y fomentar la cultura de protección.

    La Ley de protección de datos es mucho más que un simple aviso de privacidad; esta ley describe derechos y obligaciones que de incumplirse pueden ser penalizados. Asiste a este Webinar para conocer más y prepararte. Te mostraremos:

    • Cómo puedes preparar tu infraestructura y procesos para cumplir con la nueva ley
    • Cómo puedes automatizar el seguimiento continuo
    • Cómo puedes centralizar la documentación necesaria para una auditoria
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    02. Mar 2017 The Benefits of Firewall Management Tools on Productivity & Security

    In the fall of 2016, we sought the answer to a very simple question: What benefits do users who have a firewall management tool deployed with their firewalls see over nonusers? To find out, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey 188 IT security decision makers.

    In their study, “Automate Zero Trust Policy & Enforcement,” Forrester Consulting found that organizations with firewall auditing and configuration tools realize more benefits that those without, including:

    • Increased IT staff productivity
    • Fewer data breaches and attacks
    • Improved visibility into network traffic

    In this webinar, guest Speaker Josh Zelonis, Senior Analyst with Forrester, will review and discuss the results of the study with FireMon CTO Paul Calatayud who will bring his own experiences and best practices for deploying firewall management tools to improve productivity and reduce risk.

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    News

    22. Dec 2016
    Uber fights phishing with custom email IDS platform
    SC Magazine
    20. Dec 2016
    Westcon-Comstor taps BeyondTrust software for distribution program
    Tech Target
    16. Dec 2016
    Is your personal data ever really private?
    CBS MoneyWatch
    15. Dec 2016
    Yahoo embarrassment: Federal agents had to tell the company it had been hacked. Again.
    The Kansas City Star
    12. Dec 2016
    Firewall Sprawl: Four Security Gaps Exposed
    Bitpipe
    09. Dec 2016
    'We could not deliver your parcel' email could be scam
    USA Today
    07. Dec 2016
    OBAMA'S CYBERSECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS A SMALL STEP FORWARD, BUT NEED TEETH AND POLITICAL WILLPOWER
    IT News
    07. Dec 2016
    Cybersecurity pros tell Trump to heed commission's recommendations
    SC Magazine
    07. Dec 2016
    Holiday security matters to #hackers with Paul Calatayud @paulcalatayud of @firemon
    The Charles Tendell Show
    07. Dec 2016
    Keeping up with evolving cyber security needs
    Channel Pro
    25. Nov 2016
    Computing Security Excellence Awards 2016: and the winners are...
    Computing
    24. Nov 2016
    Consumers and Retailers, Here is How You Should Prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
    IT Security Guru
    21. Nov 2016
    Public sector cybersecurity: under threat but fighting back
    The Guardian
    15. Nov 2016
    Firewall DDoS Attack BlackNurse
    Information Security Buzz
    14. Nov 2016
    Report illustrates value of intelligent security management
    Digitalisation World
    11. Nov 2016
    Industry-first study quantifies security management impact on security-related risks and operational costs
    IT Security Guru
    08. Nov 2016
    FireMon concludes third quarter of 2016 with largest bookings on record
    IT Security Guru
    05. Nov 2016
    FireMon acquires Israel-based company
    Big News Network
    04. Nov 2016
    Kansas City’s Entrepreneurial Community Honoring Some of its Best & Brightest
    Thinking Bigger
    04. Nov 2016
    FireMon acquires FortyCloud for Multi-cloud Management Capabilities
    IT Security Guru
    03. Nov 2016
    Experts question Microsoft's Windows zero-day response
    Tech Target
    02. Nov 2016
    Phillip Hammond’s £1.9bn cyber defence strategy: security professionals deliver their verdict
    IFSEC Global
    01. Nov 2016
    UK to increase national cyber-defence grid
    Digital Forensics Magazine
    29. Oct 2016
    Enterprise Security Weekly #20
    Audioboom
    27. Oct 2016
    Cloud Pact: FireMon Acquires FortyCloud
    ISS Source
    26. Oct 2016
    Pushing Further Into The Cloud, FireMon Acquires Security Broker FortyCloud
    CyberParse
    26. Oct 2016
    The Multi-Cloud Enterprise Is Becoming the Norm
    IT Business Edge
    26. Oct 2016
    The Relationship Between IoT, Cloud Security, and DDoS
    IT Business Edge
    26. Oct 2016
    US Treasury tells banks to provide more cyber attack information
    Computer Weekly
    25. Oct 2016
    FireMon acquires FortyCloud to go beyond cramming workloads into the cloud
    451 Research
    25. Oct 2016
    FireMon buys FortyCloud
    The Register
    24. Oct 2016
    Huge DDoS Attack Brings Down Twitter, Spotify And AirBnB
    Information Security Buzz
    21. Oct 2016
    Firemon to be 'laser focused' on fewer partners
    CRN
    21. Oct 2016
    DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again
    The Register
    21. Oct 2016
    Dyn DDoS part 2: The hackers strike back
    ZDNet
    18. Oct 2016
    The Computing Security Excellence Awards shortlist revealed!
    Computing
    13. Oct 2016
    FireMon appoints Paul Calatayud as CTO
    SC Magazine
    12. Oct 2016
    Seasoned CISO joins FireMon as Chief Technology Officer
    IT Security Guru
    06. Oct 2016
    On Entrepreneurship: For new FireMon CEO, it’s growth over profitability
    Kansas City Business Journal
    06. Oct 2016
    What If You could Visualize Every Change On Your Network? with @FireMon
    The Charles Tendell Show
    05. Oct 2016
    3 questions with FireMon's new CEO
    Kansas City Business Journal
    30. Sep 2016
    As September draws to a close, MicroScope checks in on this week's executive appointments in and around the channel
    Computer Weekly
    29. Sep 2016
    FireMon boss looks to streamline channel for enterprise push
    ChannelNomics
    27. Sep 2016
    High-growth security management vendor forges ahead with new CEO at the helm
    IT Security Guru
    07. Sep 2016
    FireMon grabs Blue Coat man to head global channels
    ChannelBiz
    07. Sep 2016
    Automation isn’t one-size fits all
    Help Net Security
    02. Sep 2016
    FireMon announces new standard in change automation
    Vigilance
    30. Aug 2016
    Why are organizations in APAC less secure?
    IDG Connect
    22. Aug 2016
    65% Of IT leaders Expect A Serious Data Breach To Hit Their Business In The Next Year
    Information Security Buzz
    19. Aug 2016
    Company security measures often 'knee jerk' reactions
    IT Pro Portal
    22. Jul 2016
    65% of IT pros would be grounded by Mum for their messy firewall rules
    SC Magazine
    21. Jul 2016
    Messy firewall rules would leave IT pros grounded for life
    IT Pro Portal
    07. Jul 2016
    IT security pros compromise ethics and mostly 'fire-fight', not do security work
    SC Magazine
    07. Jul 2016
    Almost a third of cyber security pros surveyed admit to compromising ethics to pass audits
    VanillaPlus
    07. Jul 2016
    IT Pros compromise ethics to pass audits, FireMon says
    IT Pro Portal
    02. Jul 2016
    Thinking your way to safety
    Computing Security
    02. Jul 2016
    LinkedIn secure after acquisition
    Computing Security
    01. Jul 2016
    Over-stretched IT Security Pros Spend More Time Fire-fighting than Doing Meaningful Security Work
    IT Security Guru
    23. Jun 2016
    FireMon: The Enterprise Security Management Vanguard
    CIO Review
    22. Jun 2016
    Security Experts Insight on UK Parliament Report On Cyber Security
    IT Security Guru
    20. Jun 2016
    Will MPs' TalkTalk Hack Recommendations Make the UK More Secure?
    TechWeek Europe
    03. Jun 2016
    Are firewalls still important? Making sense of networking's greatest security layer
    Computer World UK
    10. May 2016
    Firewall importance remains
    ChannelNomics
    30. Mar 2016
    The changing role of firewalls in network security
    Betanews
    30. Mar 2016
    Firewalls still at the heart of network security infrastructure
    IT Pro Portal
    28. Mar 2016
    Like It Or Not, Firewalls Still Front And Center
    Dark Reading
    29. Feb 2016
    Wir sind gekommen, um zu bleiben
    Manage IT
    26. Feb 2016
    FireMon fits new CFO’s entrepreneurial bent
    Kansas City Business Journal
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    Five of the biggest myths that exist about data breaches, and explain how and why they occur.
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    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.

    Firewall Sprawl: How Complexity Is Adding Cost & Increasing Risk
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