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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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Nov 12, 2014Future of the Firewall: And Now… Hard Data

Over the past few weeks you’ve been reading a lot of different perspectives in this space regarding the “Future of the Firewall” (and if you haven’t please see the related archive).

In these posts authored by leading practitioners, analysts and industry experts, and those blogs that will follow, there’s been a lot said about the critical role that firewalls have played in the evolution of network security, and how they will continue to shape the future.

To help put these concepts and opinions into context, we’re happy to announce that we’ll shortly publish the results of a related research project, the State of the Firewall 2014 Survey.

For those interested in a sneak peek into the data to be presented in the report, please join our related webcast scheduled for tomorrow (or if reading his at a later date, click on the same link to hear a recorded version and/or receive a copy of the report, once published).

What did this survey of 720-plus practitioners reveal?

Among the breakout results, that:

Firewalls remain highly strategic despite pervasive management challenges, driven by a wide range of requirements, most notably API integration and NGFW capabilities.

Despite the continued evolution of network security solutions and methodologies, existing firewall infrastructure remains a key component of overall security strategy and will remain so in the future; at the same time, related management issues remain a significant challenge. To note, roughly 96 percent of respondents indicated that firewalls remain a “critical” element of overall security architecture, with 92 percent citing the devices as a central component of their plans over the next five years. Meanwhile, some 52 percent noted existing management concerns, led by firewall rules/policy complexity. Perhaps most surprisingly, when taken as a whole, firewall buying decisions are now influenced as much, if not more, based on matters of API integration and NGFW capability than on aspects of price or performance.

Next-generation devices are seen as critical and being adopted gradually, with a wide range of intentions and a broad set of related management and migration concerns.

As highlighted in the preceding conclusions, ongoing adoption of NGFWs and the related feature set is being approached incrementally as a practical element of the same value-based buying process leveraged in acquisition of traditional firewalls. While 42 percent of respondents indicated that NGFWs still make up less than 25 percent of their overall network security infrastructure or none at all, nearly all practitioners surveyed expressed pervasive interest across all the various features offered by next-generation systems. At the same time, survey respondents indicated widespread concern related to numerous challenges involved in NGFW management and migration, across nearly every involved process, from optimizing rule sets and correctly enforcing access controls, to minimizing the impact on operations, respectively.

Firewalls will play a significant role in emerging cloud, SDN and DevOps paradigms, which are viewed as major shifts in overarching matters of network evolution.

Survey results firmly establish that cloud computing, SDN and DevOps are widely viewed as key technology platforms for adoption, but not without support from firewalls. While a majority 59 percent of respondents indicated that cloud computing, SDN and DevOps represent fundamental shifts in networking evolution, the survey also finds that 43 percent of practitioners believe existing concepts of access control will remain a critical element of related best practices. Further, 58 percent of respondents specifically reinforced that both traditional firewalls and NGFWs will play a significant role in securing cloud environments. Related to adoption of DevOps, many more survey respondents indicated that current network firewall infrastructure does not stand to inhibit related efforts than those who indicated a belief that it does.

If these figures and the related trends pique your interest, you’ll certainly appreciate the depth of detail offered by the full State of the Firewall 2014 Report.

Tune into tomorrow’s webcast (live or after the fact) and register to get your copy, today.

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Josh Mayfield leads platform sales for Immediate Insight, FireMon's security analytics solution.

Events

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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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?

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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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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.
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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.
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Automation Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
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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
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Quantifying the value of Intelligent Security Management
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Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
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The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager
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