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Changes – whether to a firewall, a router, or an application – are the single biggest cause of network outages. If you’re a firewall administrator, you know the anxiety of change all too well. Making a configuration change is pretty easy. Making the right configuration change in a complex IT infrastructure requires investigation and planning. But firewall policies are too complicated, and there’s always too much to do – and you just got another access request.
Of course, your change management process helps you track each access request. Change management processes and the systems that support them display deadlines, send emails, and gather approvals. With them, you can manage a change ticket from beginning to end. With them, that’s about all you can do.
These processes don’t help you design the correct change from the beginning. That’s because standard change management processes lack the critical, device-specific intelligence to help you manage firewall changes. It’s no wonder; most IT change management processes and even some underlying technologies have been around since before firewalls.
So when the approvals are gathered and the change is deployed, when the ticket is closed and the right access has been granted in the wrong way, there’s a permanent record of an insecure and non-compliant firewall change.
We think there’s a better way. There is technology to automatically track firewall configuration changes, recommend correct changes, and supplement the change process to make it firewall-aware. And with it, you can start making the kind of firewall changes that you’d want to manage.
Learn more at our Change Management webinar on November 16, 2010. Click here for information and to register.
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?
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.
Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure
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.