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Aug 10, 2017 Always Assume You're Compromised and Other Lessons from India's Creditseva Data Breach

This week, a credit service in India called Creditseva suffered a data breach which exposed details of some 48,000 citizens – including driver’s licenses, home addresses and credit reports. The company was notified by Kromtech security researchers of the breach when they noticed the information on an insecure Amazon S3 bucket.

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Jul 31, 2017 What is a multi-cloud environment and how do I secure it?
You may have heard the phrase multi-cloud environment and wondered what it was, do you have it and maybe even thought: whoa, that sounds like a security nightmare.
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Sep 07, 2010

It’s a mess, but someone has to clean it up

Join us for our free “Detoxify Your Firewalls” webinar on Sept. 23

In April this year the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig suffered an explosion that led to one of the worst oil spills in history, dumping an estimated five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  The source of the oil has since been capped, but the mess remains.  The spill has already caused extensive environmental damage and threatens further damage until it can be effectively cleaned up.  The oil is not neatly isolated or easy to find, and even on the surface or in the wetlands where it is easy to spot, it is not trivial to clean up.  In simple terms, it is a toxic mess.

There is a disturbing similarity between that disaster and the state of many firewall configurations.  Firewall policies are too frequently a mess that needs to be cleaned up.  Like the oil spill in the Gulf, the mess was not created overnight but gradually seeped into the policy through years of changes.  The issues are not easily isolated in one section of the policy but spread throughout it, and they are not easy to spot in complex policies with nested object groups and hundreds of rules.  Even easy-to-spot issues, such as rules that permit “ANY” service to access a server, are not easy to fix without affecting necessary business access.  But firewall policy issues must be addressed, as they have severe implications for corporate and customer networks and put data at risk unless action is taken.

As long as a spotlight is not on the issue, it may be simple to ignore.  Cleaning up a firewall is not a small task and can be easily overlooked in the midst of other priorities.  However, the risk posed by avoiding this responsibility is high, and the task is no longer optional.  Recent regulations such as PCI and NERC demand greater accountability for risk associated with allowed access to critical systems.  Unmanaged and out-of-control firewall policies can no longer be ignored.

Requirements to audit all firewall rules on a bi-annual basis shine a spotlight on problems.  Perhaps an unused rule that has been part of the firewall policy since anyone can remember, and that poses little perceived risk, seems harmless. Now, however, a real cost is associated with maintaining that rule.  It must be reviewed.  External auditors will ask questions, costing you time and money.  And although one extra rule may not seem like a serious issue, thousands of extra rules spread throughout the enterprise are a real problem.  And not all of these rules are risk-free.  Some of the rules that serve no valid business function put your network and “protected” data at tremendous risk.

However, unlike the cleanup of the Gulf oil spill, the solution can be automated.  Automated analysis ensures that mistakes in the firewall policy can be immediately identified and actionable steps defined to remove them without disrupting business.   And excessively permissive rules that will undoubtedly cause audit issues can be refined automatically in minutes, rather than in days or weeks of manual effort.

To learn how you can begin to take steps to detox your firewalls, we invite you to attend our upcoming webinar, which will focus on three common firewall policy problems – rule usage, traffic flow and hidden rules – that we’ve spent a lot of time solving.  During the webinar, our own Tim Woods, vice president of customer technology services, will demonstrate how one of our FireMon feature sets solves these problems. Tim will show how you can quickly and easily use these features to clean up your rule base, analyze traffic flow and discover hidden rules. Tim will also discuss how to get your firewalls into prime health to better enforce security and ensure compliance with leading regulations, including PCI DSS, HIPAA and NIST.

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 23, for this free event. To register, click here. Register by Sept. 16 and you will be entered to win a free iPad – we will announce the winner at the end of the webinar.

Events

Webinars

Jul 27, 2017 Bridge the Gap Between Your Risk & Network Teams to Reduce Risk
Recent cyberattacks such as Wannacry and Petya magnify the need to make risk and vulnerability management a top priority for organizations.  Combine that with a network security posture that is too open from years of access changes and little policy cleanup, organizations are more at risk now than at any time in history. 
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Jun 29, 2017 The Hybrid Cloud Reality: Managing Security in Private, Public & On-Premises Environments
In a recent study, 90% of IT security practitioners reported that their organization has adopted or plans to adopt a cloud solution. Cloud is now.
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Jun 22, 2017 La vida del firewall: administración constante y automatizada del ciclo de vida de las políticas

El nuevo paradigma de la automatización es la “Administración del Ciclo de Vida”

 

Te mostraremos cómo FireMon Intelligent Policy Automation utiliza la tecnología de automatización e inteligencia para reducir el esfuerzo e incrementar la eficacia en cada etapa del proceso de cambios.
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Jun 06, 2017 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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News

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
SearchSecurity
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
Betanews
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
Wired
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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
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
Gartner
Overcoming the Complexity Gap
Bloor
When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
Gartner
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Forrester
Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
Forrester
The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
IANS
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.