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Why FireMon Continues to Dominate NPSM - Part 2: Real-Time Monitoring
Dec 05, 2017
In Part 1, we looked at how any solution that closes the Complexity Gap require Performance At Scale. If an organization is going to wrap…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 28, 2017
In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series we saw how to implement Gartner’s first three recommendations for security configuration assessments (SCAs).…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 22, 2017
In this series, we're looking at the essential parts of a Security Configuration Assessment (SCA).  Let’s continue the dialogue and look at the other recommendations…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 20, 2017
In this series, we’re taking a look at Gartner’s recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment and identifying areas where FireMon can help security teams accomplish…

Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part 4: Engage IT Operations to Ensure Findings are Being Addressed by Holding Regular Communication and Cooperative Meetings.

In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series we saw how to implement Gartner’s first three recommendations for security configuration assessments (SCAs). In this final chapter on the story, we will look at the last remaining ingredient. Often, engaging multiple functions within a large organization can prove challenging, but when we automate many of the processes involved with SCA, we can lighten the burden for those on whom we rely.

With each previous area, we noted how data integration was so critical to establishing baselines, requirements and reporting outputs. Along with this data integration, we explored how organizations can readily adopt frequent and regular SCAs to continuously deliver security. As always, the ultimate goal is securing the environment with configuration assurance playing a special part in improving security posture. 

Let’s revisit Gartner’s advice and dive deeper into the final recommendation.

Security Policy Configuration Assessments – Recommendations

  • Establish secure configuration policy baselines and minimum standards for system configurations by making use of sources such as business and functional requirements based on regulatory and statutory compliance requirements; benchmarks such as NIST and CIS; internal security policies; risk management; and results of threat assessment and incident management.
  • Develop SCA capabilities by defining the objectives and scope, and selecting tools and an operating model to conduct regular SCA scans.
  • Conduct frequent and regular SCAs to verify compliance with security policies, detect policy breaches and improve enforcement of policies.
  • Engage IT operations to ensure that findings are being addressed by holding regular communication and cooperative meetings.

In Parts 1 through 3, we observed how organizations can accomplish the recommendations with Real-Time Monitoring and Customizable Compliance Reporting. Additionally, we saw how integrating Risk Analysis and User-Specific Reporting can accelerate our execution. In Part 3, we placed a high value on Comprehensive Automation and Data-Driven Analysis, each allowing for regularity to come to our SCA programs.

The final recommendation (engaging with others) can spell disaster for many organizations seeking to regularly and methodically improve their security posture. Everyone is busy and everyone has varied opinions. This can degrade our best efforts for continuous configuration assurance, with standards becoming a race to the bottom. Ever seen an “any-any” rule? 

This comes from business moving so quickly and complexity growing so exponentially that we are forced into patchwork policy design and enforcement. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Gartner’s final recommendation is to hold communication and cooperative meetings. As anyone reading this will probably guess, such meetings are poorly attended, lack any vigor or enthusiasm and often attendees leave without any clear direction on what should happen. How do you get through all of this?

The FireMon Difference

We see thousands of organizations communicating and collaborating with ease, because there is transparency with the security policy management. By having a single view into all that is happening, you can be intellectually honest about the results from previous iterations. This honesty produces a candor that gets right to the heart of what needs to happen for the organization.

Gone are the speculations and assumptions. Instead, we can welcome in the ruthlessly precise data that informs us about what is happening now and what we should do in response.

Threat Hunting

Probing the network for answers extends beyond the malicious behavior we all think about when we hear the word “threat.” A threat can come in many forms. There are threats to compliance, threats to security infrastructure, threats of insider hacking attempts, threats to intellectual property, and so on.  By threat hunting, FireMon customers have the real-time search and analysis capabilities to go deep within their infrastructures (be they cloud on-prem, virtual or otherwise), locate the digital residue of human and machine behavior to make better decisions and respond.

Imagine coming to your next meeting with several stakeholders staring at the clock waiting for the conversation to end. This time, however, you have detailed analysis of the exact areas where exposure has turned into exploit. “How did you find this?” you are asked. Your response: “I was threat hunting”.

FireMon is the only security policy management platform with threat hunting capabilities. This allows organizations to spot trouble before an alert is triggered or data is exfiltrated. When an organization adopts the mindset of assumed compromise, it opens up a world of possibility. Threat hunting is a group effort and every stakeholder has something new to address when confronted regularly with the latest results from hunting.

Having trouble getting ‘buy-in’ from various groups? Show them what you found when threat hunting.

Complete Solution Offering

Another sore spot for ongoing collaboration is having to piece together a picture of your security policies from multiple sources (none of which format data or report in the same way). This creates a relevance problem.

When communicating with other groups, it can be difficult to see engagement when the discovery details are carpentered together from a host of systems. Instead, organizations use FireMon to deliver on the crucial areas for Network Security Policy Management (NSPM):

  • Security Policy Management
  • Change Management
  • Risk and Vulnerability Analysis
  • Application Connectivity

Each of these capabilities comes ready-made for FireMon customers. Engagement challenges become a thing of the past, because all the relevant details that contribute to the collaboration is available and accessible.

Now, you can ensure business continuity with less manual work. You can assess rules and changes prior to pushing to your security devices. You can increase configuration assurance and make SCAs a cinch. 


Humans are finicky creatures and getting them to see eye-to-eye can be difficult. However, we see that FireMon customers are up to the challenge. They have comprehensive awareness of their environments, they proactively seek out threats to their security and they have buckets of relevant data to help pull together seemingly disconnected business groups toward a common goal – securing the organization.

In this series we took a journey, seeing how to implement Gartner’s recommendations for Security Configuration Assessments (SCAs). From start to finish, we recognized the challenges that stand in the way of configuration assurance.

You can now have confidence. Confidence that industry recommendations, like those from Gartner, can be realized. Our customers are doing it, so can you.

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



Dec 06, 2017 6 Ways to Evaluate Firewall Change Requests to Ensure Security and Compliance and Prevent Risk Creep
Firewalls are like Roach Motels – rules check in but they don’t checkout. When you look at a firewall with thousands (or tens of thousands) of rules you have to wonder if they are all still needed. Join Ultimate Windows Security and FireMon to find out how to automate the work flow of firewall change requests, capture and document rule changes, evaluate the impact of rules and compare rules to the characteristics of the actual packets being passed by those rules.
Nov 09, 2017 6 Steps for Firewall Assessment for Compliance and Security
Don’t let the pendulum swings fool you; firewalls are not dead, and the perimeter still matters. But in addition to the perimeter we recognize the need for more internal segmentation to limit lateral movement and protect segregated zones like the red forest. So, we need and probably should have more firewalls than ever.
Oct 31, 2017 Think GDPR Doesn't Impact You? Think Again...
Companies across the globe are scrambling to meet the new compliance directives that are imposed by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in 2018. If you’re thinking, “I’m not in the EU, so it doesn’t matter”, think again.
Sep 26, 2017 GDPR: Security Management Best Practices You Need to Know
In this webinar, FireMon’s resident GDPR expert, Tim Woods, will help lay the groundwork for a plan to comply by the 2018 deadline. We’ll also cover the vital role security management plays in protecting data from the start, including these specific capabilities you need to comply with Articles 25, 32, 35 and 58.


Sep 05, 2017
SAO v. SIEM Security Suites: And the winner is...
Aug 30, 2017
Jimmy Nukebot Explodes on the Scene, Transforming NeutrinoPOS
Info Security
Aug 17, 2017
The Top Security Challenges for 2017
SC Magazine
Aug 14, 2017
Creditseva, KS Enterprises Breaches Highlight Need for Improved Cloud Security
eSecurity Planet
Jul 31, 2017
What is IT governance? A formal way to align IT & business strategy
Jul 28, 2017
How organizations can work toward GDPR compliance
Information Management
Jul 09, 2017
4 Signs Check Point Software's Best Days Are Ahead
Motley Fool
Jun 07, 2017
Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
Jun 06, 2017
Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
SC Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
Jun 01, 2017
250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
Info Security
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
How to manage the Complexity Gap
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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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
Check Point Solution Brief
FireMon solutions and Check Point
Cisco Solution Brief

FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

Fortinet Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Fortinet
Juniper Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Juniper
NSX Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for NSX
Palo Alto Solution Brief
FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
Top 5 Requirements for Your NSPM Solution
Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) continues to be a difficult practice for organizations the world over. In the last 20 years, network security policies (e.g. firewall rules) have grown by more than 3,500%. Yes, you read that number correctly. Why is that?
Achieving Gartner's Recommendations for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment
Gartner research has uncovered a number of security policy challenges for enterprises. Among these challenges are the typical assessments necessary to fortify policy for compliance and improved security posture.
The Top 4 Myths of Policy Compliance
Welcome to the world of overflowing regulations and compliance standards, of evolving infrastructure and the ever-present breach. It's a world where 72% of security and compliance personnel say their jobs are more difficult today than just two years ago.
Planning Considerations for Compliance with GDPR
The GDPR deadline is approaching quickly. If you haven’t started your GDPR journey yet, now is the time.
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 Recommendations
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
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.
Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Security Management

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

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.

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
Overcoming the Complexity Gap
When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
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.