Why Do Gartner Research Reports Matter?
The demand for an independent IT advisor has thrust Gartner Research into the forefront of the technology discussion. Gartner’s scale allows them to have the ability to turn vast amounts of data into highly valuable and authoritative reports, which becomes information that is well beyond what most organizations could realistically generate.
Add to that their successful track record of taking current IT trends and leveraging them to help predict future events and the effects those events will have on a company’s technology investment and it becomes clear, Gartner’s insight is invaluable and maybe even unparalleled when it comes to analyzing potential future IT investments.
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Gartner: Network Security Policy Management Solutions Have Evolved
Enterprise environments have a multitude of network security devices and literally thousands of rules accumulated over years of deployment. These rules are often obsolete, conflicting and redundant – which can impact network performance and create vulnerabilities for critical systems and data.
According to Gartner analysts Adam Hils and Rajpreet Kaur, “As networks grow, applying the right security policies at the right network control points is challenging” and “network security policy management (NSPM) solutions can provide visibility across the dynamic network, and can make policy provisioning easier.”
In their Network Security Policy Management Market Overview, Gartner notes that network security policy management solutions have become more comprehensive as enterprise needs have evolved, citing the following critical benefits:
- Comprehensive firewall policy management – including streamlining, optimizing and migrating to modern platforms
- Automated change analysis and control – and the ability to perform change impact analysis prior to deployment
- Security risk and vulnerability analysis – including the ability to create virtual network maps, visualize network connections and analyze traffic flow.
FireMon Security Manager is listed as a representative solution vendor in the space. As the first NSPM product to market, FireMon was initially designed for firewall policy management. Since then, the FireMon product suite has expanded to provide a security management platform designed to increase risk visibility for network management teams, while improving the efficiency of security teams responsible for access to critical business systems.
Currently in its eight release, Security Manager delivers advanced analysis and automation to close the growing gap between technology and management resources in order to reduce network risk.
Gartner’s Enterprise Network Firewall Magic Quadrant
Gartner released their latest Enterprise Network Firewall Magic Quadrant in July 2017, identifying five of FireMon’s key technology partners as either leaders – Palo Alto Networks, Check Point and Fortinet – or challengers – Cisco and Huawei.
The Gartner Magic Quadrant is the end result of research associated within a defined market place. The Magic Quadrant provides IT professionals with a broad view and relative position of the companies doing business in that market place.
The Gartner Magic Quadrant is divided into 4 distinct sections:
- Leaders – “execute well against their current vision and are well positioned for tomorrow.”
- Visionaries – “understand where the market is going or have a vision for changing market rules, but do not execute well.”
- Niche Players – “focus successfully on a small segment, or are unfocused and do not out-innovate or outperform others.”
- Challengers – “execute well today or may dominate a large segment, but do not demonstrate an understanding of market direction.”
Within the report, the authors also note that third-party network security policy management vendors, such as FireMon, are “continuing to exploit the absence of firewall consoles to optimize, visualize and reduce firewall rules and policies.”
“All FPM vendors support multiple firewall products, whereas no firewall vendor will effectively manage a competing product. In addition, FPM vendors are expanding into managing other network security devices, such as IPSs.”
As an FPM vendor, FireMon is no different, offering centralized visualization and analysis for nearly every firewall vendor mentioned in the quadrant. We designed the platform specifically for multi-vendor environments and continuously add support for new technology and capabilities as vendors and the industry evolve.