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Cloud Security and On-Premise Security are NOT that Different
Mar 27, 2018
In our last blog on cloud controls, we discussed how important it was to have visibility into your cloud. This is the most logical place…
Reduce Your Attack Surface: Visualize Vulnerabilities
Mar 19, 2018
In the simplest terms, the “attack surface” is the sum total of resources within your infrastructure that could be exploited. There is a four-step process…
Gain Control of your Cloud Security Though Better Visibility
Mar 16, 2018
At almost every trade show or security event we attend, typically the two biggest topics attendees ask us about are: Effective firewall cleanup Visibility…
Orchestration & Zero Trust
Mar 07, 2018
This is our final stop in a blog series walking through Zero Trust and how achievable it is. Previous entries: Zero Trust vs. Microsegmentation The need for…

Immediate Insight KnowledgeBase - Installation

Immediate Insight - AppPerf Installation Guide

Note: AppPerf is currently in Beta release, if you encounter any issues or have feedback please email

AppPerf is a free standalone tool that does speed test between internal enterprise web servers and client hosts. AppPerf does not need to be ‘installed’ on the webserver, but some files need to be placed there. AppPerf files can be placed onto an Immediate Insight web server if desired, however another web server may be used if applicable. Results of AppPerf tests are then feed to an Immediate Insight instance for collection & reporting (this may or may not be on the same Immediate Insight as the AppPerf files are loaded). The following example instructions assume AppPerf files are loaded onto the same Immediate Insight instance as is collection the test results. Immediate Insight app-2015-10-05 or newer is required to collect the data.

Step 1: Obtain the AppPerf files and put them in place.

    • Send an email to creating a support ticket to receive the necessary file that will be used in later steps.
    • Use WinSCP or similar tool to sftp the received to the Immediate Insight home directory (which is home/insight).

    Step 2: Configure the Immediate Insight instance for the AppPerf capability.

      • Using Putty or another SSH tool connect to the CLI of the Immediate Insight client.
      • Go to the home directory by typing cd/home/insight
      • Once at the home directory type unzip
      • Type the following command to create a symbolic link to a persistent directory.

      rm –f /home/insight/app/search/AppPerf; ln –s /home/insight/AppPerf /home/insight/app/search/AppPerf

      • Edit the /etc/rc.local file to make the symbolic link persistent after reboot.
        • sudo nano /etc/rc.local
        • add the line in step D. above, to the second to last line of the file.
        • Save and exit the file by choosing “CTRL – X” and then “Yes” to save.

        (edit AppPerf.html for applicable Immediate Insight data collector)

        • Edit the AppPerf.html file with the following lines substituting applicable IP and test name, please note that the double quotes are required.
          • Browse to the directory where the file is located. cd /home/insight/app/search/AppPerf
          • Update the AppPerf.html file with the applicable IP Address and port of the webserver using the sudo nano AppPerf.html command. NOTE: (Quotes are required as shown in an example on the beginning of the next page.)

          var ii = “”

          var appsrv = “test-server-A”


          IF and only if your Immediate Insight servers is accessed via HTTPS change entry as follows: var ii = “”

          (NOTE: you will also need to create an HTTPS Listener using 3088 on Immediate Insight)

          (NOTE: optionally but recommended, to stop HTTPS certificate warning messages you can follow the procedure in Immediate Insight install guide)

          • After changes are complete the Immediate Insight server needs to be reloaded. You can complete this by typing reload server at the command prompt.
          • Open browser (Chrome is recommended) and browse to either of these as applicable. (Note: The IP and port in the link below will be whatever you designate as the webserver.)
            • Test result will displayed in the browser.


            Results are also searchable in the Immediate Insight specified in AppPerf.html

            Josh Mayfield serves as FireMon's Director of Product Marketing.



            Upcoming Webinars

            Apr 25, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST Monitoring & Performance
            In the "real world" most companies are struggling with overwhelming infrastructure complexity, numerous management silos, and a multitude of incompatible management tools. Get the tools to help you identify problems and prevent downtime.
            Apr 12, 2018 How to Stop Writing Firewall Rules and Start Controlling Network Security Based on Your Actual Intent
            Join FireMon and Ultimate Windows Security for this free webinar, where we will examine intent-based security and how to apply it to firewall policy and management.
            Mar 21, 2018 How to Scale Network Security for the Modern Age
            Traditional security models are all about the current state – but in the current state of cyber-security, by the time new rules are written, they’re obsolete. Resources have changed, topologies have shifted, traffic has evolved, and applications grew new arms and legs.
            Feb 28, 2018 Migrations Made Easy
            Firewall migration projects are filled with risk: cost overruns, misconfigurations, connectivity failures, and security risk. Every year, security teams review, test, and procure new technologies to keep data protected.
            Feb 13, 2018 Network Segmentation: Implement Roadblocks on the Attack Surface, Stop Malicious Spread
            Most organizations that I talk to still have their networks designed for 90's era attacks. A hard perimeter and little to nothing on the inside. The one common exception is the part of the network that processes credit card data since PCI DSS specifically identifies the Cardholder Data Network (CDN) and requires controls around it.


            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
              See all news from 2017

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            Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
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            Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
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            Central security control for expanding cloud intrastructures.
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            Instant visibility, continuous security for the enterprise cloud
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            Eliminate disruptions while removing security risks.
            Reduce Security Costs
            Continuous security that doesn't break the bank.
            Intent-based Network Security
            Continuous security starts with intent.
            FireMon and Elastisearch: Warp speed security
            Continuous Security for Industrial Enterprises
            Command security for PCN and SCADA networks
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            Taming the ever-expanding IoT attack surface.
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            Continuous Security for Zero Trust Networks
            Migrations Made Easy
            Speed up adoption of NGFW with FireMon.
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            Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
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            Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
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            Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
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            Proactively reduce risk based upon network exposure and host accessibility
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            FireMon solutions and Check Point
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            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

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            Gain Control of the Cloud

            Cloud technology gives enterprises faster application deployment, instant storage, workload versatility and pricing models that decrease initial capital investment. It is no wonder enterprises are making the move to the cloud.

            The Four Factors Necessary For Zero Trust

            FireMon helps organizations move towards Zero Trust by providing:

            • Visibility into the network
            • Analysis of network traffic flow and possible breach points
            • Security Intent to determine what’s permissible
            • Orchestration to consistently automate what needs to be done
            5 Reasons to Implement Security Policy Orchestration and Automation

            Reduce your attack surface with a Security Policy Orchestration and Automation solution like FireMon.

            Managing Migration Mayhem
            Migrations can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned security professional. Follow this roadmap for a smooth, successful migration.
            Four Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface

            Larger attack surface means more opportunities for cybercriminals to do harm. Learn how FireMon can help you remove exposures before they become exploited.

            Why GDPR is Nothing to Fear
            A practical (and sometimes philosophical) guide to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation.
            Four Key Factors for a Successful Migration

            Migrations run the risk of cost overrun, delays and disruption of network service - often due to a lack of personnel and process to efficiently and effectively manage. To ensure a successful migration, consider these four key factors: 1) identifying and removing technical mistakes, 2) removing unused access, 3) refining and organizing what remains and 4) continuous, real-time monitoring.

            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.
            Using Security Policy And Automation (SPOA) Tools To Reduce The Attack Surface
            Attack surfaces have expanded greatly in the past several years, in part because of the amount of new applications coming online via Internet of Things and increasingly connected technology. Organizations have an admittedly tough time keeping up with all the new touchpoints and the rapid expansion of the attack surface. Complete defense is nearly impossible, and many companies struggle with visibility issues, mismatched or misaligned firewall policies, and an inability to comprehensively test the security configurations they do have
            The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem


            Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security helps teams develop robust prevention, detection and incident response capabilities to protect their company's vital digital business ecosystem. This report will help security pros understand the technologies best suited to empowering and extending their Zero Trust initiatives and will detail how Forrester sees this model and framework growing and evolving.

            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
            Network 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.