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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 04, 2012What Goes into Measuring Risk?

In our previous posts in the series on Risk (Why Risk and Risk is the Yardstick) we have spoken about why risk matters.   We have looked at risk in the context of information technology and we have looked at risk as the yardstick to measure the state of an organizations security.  Which begs the question: If Risk is the yardstick to measure the state of our security, how do we measure it?

As stated in the previous posts on risk, for too many organizations risk has been tied to a vulnerability and patch management program.  Vulnerabilities are a piece of the puzzle and both regular vulnerability scanning and a mature patch management system are  important, there is much more to managing risk effectively. Other factors need to be figured into the analysis.  Some of these factors are:

    • Vulnerability - This is perhaps the most confusing term used in reference to Risk due to years of inconsistent usage in the industry (more on this in an up-coming post).  For the purpose of this post, we will consider a vulnerability an exploitable weakness in an asset.

    • Reachability - By reachability we refer to the ability of a threat to access (reach) a known weakness (or vulnerability).   Put simply, Can an attacker reach the vulnerable asset to exploit it?  This may entail an analysis of how a known vulnerable asset can be reached. What path would be taken to reach the asset?  It can also include scenarios where multiple vulnerabilities, assets and exploits are used in concert to reach a higher value asset. An example would be attacking a low value asset to reach another higher value asset.  Many of the existing security technologies including firewalls, IDP, proxies, content filters and more are implemented specifically to prevent Reachability from a threat to an asset.  Taking existing technologies into account is critical when trying to measure the effectiveness of the security efforts.

    •  Asset Value - To measure an amount of risk, you must measure the impact of the loss.  In IT terms, it is common to refer to the value of the asset.  This could be the physical value, an opportunity-loss value, the value of the data stored on the system, or the loss value if customer data were stolen. This is big topic, but it is critical to understand that is part of risk measurement calculation.

    • Threats - Where the threat originates, the motivation of the threat and the capability of the threat are all factors that affect the risk to an asset.

    Of course there is more to measuring risk then these few paragraphs, but hopefully this will give you some insight into the factors that must be figured into measuring risk.

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    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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    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.

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