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Jul 13, 2017 If You Are Not Looking at Risk Vulnerability, You Are Only Seeing Part of the Security Picture

How do you know if your security posture is where it needs to be? Most organizations look at standards, be it national standards, industry standards or their own corporate standards. They may also look at their industry’s best practices. But if you aren’t looking at your risk vulnerability, you are likely not looking at the entire spectrum of your network’s security posture.

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Jul 12, 2017 FireMon's Four-Step Approach to Firewall Cleanup
The complexity of firewall policies today not only impacts device performance, but it can also leave you blind to gaps in security. Cleaning up redundant, outdated or out-of-compliance rules is critical to optimizing your security infrastructure. Knowing where to start can be difficult without the proper firewall cleanup tools
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Jan 29, 2010

First 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.



Jun 29, 2017 The Hybrid Cloud Reality: Managing Security in Private, Public & On-Premises Environments
In a recent study, 90% of IT security practitioners reported that their organization has adopted or plans to adopt a cloud solution. Cloud is now.
Jun 22, 2017 La vida del firewall: administración constante y automatizada del ciclo de vida de las políticas

El nuevo paradigma de la automatización es la “Administración del Ciclo de Vida”


Te mostraremos cómo FireMon Intelligent Policy Automation utiliza la tecnología de automatización e inteligencia para reducir el esfuerzo e incrementar la eficacia en cada etapa del proceso de cambios.
Jun 06, 2017 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 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”.


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Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
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Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
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Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
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250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
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OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
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OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
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IT Pro Portal
May 26, 2017
Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
SC Magazine UK
May 25, 2017
83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
May 24, 2017
Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading
May 23, 2017
WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
Information Security Buzz
May 23, 2017
WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
Computer Weekly
May 18, 2017
Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
Information Security Buzz
May 16, 2017
Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
SC Magazine
May 15, 2017
10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
Information Age
May 12, 2017
Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
Computing Security
May 12, 2017
Sabre Breach
Information Security Buzz
May 12, 2017
FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
IT Security Guru
May 12, 2017
FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
Dark Reading
May 12, 2017
WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
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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.
Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
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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.

Overcoming the Complexity Gap
When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
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
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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.