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May 24, 2017 Support for Check Point R80.10 in Security Manager 8.15
FireMon customers who have Release 8.15 and have Check Point R80.10 will be able to take advantage of Check Point’s Inline Layer Policy Management. Inline Layers allow a security organization to give more engineers more access to more rules while minimizing the risk of giving these engineers access to all of the rules in a policy. For example, a network administrator can create different policies for different users.
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May 24, 2017 A Practical History of the Firewall - Part 2: The Value of Management
The mid-90s was a time when networks were rapidly evolving. For example, ethernet was an option, but not always the local network protocol in use (remember token ring?). Connecting to the Internet was not assumed, it was discussed. Dial-up was still common, and AOL was the dominant player. To suggest that firewalls were mainstream technology would misunderstand the Internet as mainstream. One of the implications of this fast-changing network was a significant amount of ignorance and inexperience. In this context, the manageability of a firewall should not be overlooked as a key market driver for the eventual winner in this market
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Jan 29, 2010First things, first.

It sounds easy: firewall policy cleanup. How hard can that be? Well, if you have FireMon, pretty simple as it turns out. But how did we get ourselves in this predicament in the first place? What is the root cause of unused or unnecessary firewall rules? To find out, maybe we need to back up and take a closer look at how a rule is created.

Not too long ago, I can recall several conversations in which “change control process” was a foreign phrase to most security administrators. Initially, it was quite a shock for me to sit down with a prospective customer, who literally had no definable procedure for making or “verifying” rule requests outside of an email trail, and (maybe) a spreadsheet. Over time, I began to realize it was just “how things were” but it showed me just how integral FireMon could be to a security organization. As time went on, it became more common to see firewall change-windows implemented, homegrown applications supplant spreadsheets (with varying degrees of success), and basic approval processes begin to emerge. All of which is fine and good, but it misses the most elemental piece of the puzzle in rule creation: creating the rule correctly and effectively in the first place!

Back in 2001, when we launched FireMon into the security space, we knew were onto something very special given the pervasive problem of tracking changes made to the firewall. Overtime, we augmented our capabilities to a point in 2003, when we created a very simple method of testing a policy for expected behavior with a feature we named simply, Policy Test. Despite our lack of whiz-bang-sexy marketing names, this feature proved to be a huge hit with our customer base. One of our largest telecommunications customers used the feature to help thwart SQL Slammer (remember that little slice of fun?). How? Well, using FireMon’s Policy Test a user simply provides FireMon three key pieces of testing criteria: SOURCE, DESTINATION and SERVICE. Submitting this information to FireMon and applying the “test” across the entire environment or focusing on a single firewall, instantly answered the question of, “Am I passing SQL into my network?” Soon our customers were using the tool to uncover all kinds of information hidden inside of their complex policies without pouring over audit logs or wasting time trying to decipher hundreds of rules. You can probably guess where this is going…though more accurately, it isn’t “where” but rather, “when”. That’s right: rule creation. Instead of blindly dropping a rule in at the bottom of a policy or duplicating rules our customers were able to confidently insert rules when, and where needed. Overtime, these 2 activities of making sense of a policy and rule creation comprised the vast majority of the feature’s use and we felt good to have pioneered another piece of the security management puzzle.

What’s next? Internally, that’s a question I hear around the office a lot, and this case was no different. Several customers had asked us to integrate with their workflow solutions, (Remedy, Service Desk, etc.), while others (who had no established workflow solution), asked us to create one. Our response was simply to do both.

So, we created Policy Planner. It offers a simple, web-based front end (so that anyone, anywhere, can create a ticket regardless of technical expertise), and tracks the ticket from request to closure. Roles are defined which serve as checks and balances throughout the process, tickets may be assigned to appropriate administrators, and as mentioned, Policy Planner can integrate with third party service desk solutions serving as either a standalone solution or augmenting an existing, and often larger one.

One of our most well received features in recent memory is the ability Policy Planner has to make recommendations about rule requests. Think of it as having every single administrator who has ever made a firewall rule modification/add/delete at your fingertips when you sit down to create a rule. Using an advanced form of our Policy Test capabilities behind the scenes, Policy Planner can bring unprecedented value in the rule creation process by offering one of 3 pieces of matter of fact advice: “No Change Necessary” – it will tell you if the rule already exists; “Similar Access Exists” – all that is required is a modification to an existing rule; and “Rule Placement” – the rule is needed – no similar rules exist, and it should be placed above rule “X” to avoid hiding or shadowing a rule below it.

The power of the solution is obvious particularly in response to the question at hand which is, “How do I keep my policy free of redundant or unnecessary rules in the first place?” Of course, Policy Planner integrates seamlessly with FireMon closing the loop on rule management.

So what’s next? Quite a bit actually. 2010 promises several enhancements to both products (FireMon and Policy Planner) including the information they share, so you’ll have to stay tuned. Better yet, come see us at RSA 2010 (March) or InfoSecurity Europe 2010 in London in April.



Upcoming Webinars

Jun 06, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT Top 5 Risks of "Dirty" Firewalls
Firewall rules are notoriously complex and voluminous in nature. Even small organizations have multiple firewalls and significant complexity. But large organizations are overwhelmed.
Jun 01, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT 4 Steps to Prepare for the Next WannaCry
Now that the immediate threat of WannaCry has died down, it is time to take a step-back and analyze the situation to see what we can learn from this attack to better protect ourselves from the next “unknown”.
May 23, 2017 Der Countdown läuft, noch 365 Tage bis zur DSGVO (GDPR): Machen Sie Ihr Netzwerk fit für Compliance
Netzwerksicherheit ist deutlich mehr als Cyberbedrohungen nur zu stoppen. Es geht auch darum für das Unvermeidliche gerüstet zu sein. Nämlich einen Datenschutzvorfall, den die Technik allein nicht hat verhindern können. Die EU Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (kurz DSGVO GDPR) ist, neben anderen mehr, ein solches Compliance-Rahmenwerk mit dem Unternehmen sich auseinandersetzen müssen und das im Mai des kommenden Jahres in Kraft tritt. Dann sind Unternehmen beispielsweise verpflichtet innerhalb von 72 Stunden nach einem Datenschutzvorfall darüber zu informieren.
May 04, 2017 Threat Hunting: Beyond Alerts & IOCs
Organizations are taking a more active role in detecting and responding to advanced attacks – Threat Hunting. In this webinar, you’ll discover the steps you can take to launch your threat hunting capabilities.
Apr 27, 2017 The Life of a Firewall: Seamless, Automated Rule Lifecycle Management

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?

Apr 19, 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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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
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
Accelerated Incident Response
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
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
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Real-Time Risk Analysis
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.
Intelligent Policy Automation
Automation Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
Intelligent Security Management

Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
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.

Firewall Sprawl: How Complexity Is Adding Cost & Increasing Risk
Quantifying the value of Intelligent Security Management
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Automate Zero Trust Policy And Enforcement
The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager