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Blog

14. Apr 2017 Making security part of the company culture

My years of experience managing security programs, across a broad spectrum of industries, has given me a greater understanding of how technology and people both play a critical role in influencing the overall security posture of any organization.

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07. Apr 2017 It’s Time for a New Approach to Network Security
You may have noticed things look a little different around here. Well, that’s because our industry is changing, and we’d be remiss not change along with it. With the pace that technology and threats are advancing, what’s worked in the past simply won’t work anymore. And FireMon is here to address that.
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09. Apr 2012Log Your Accept Traffic

I was watching a video from Cloud Passage earlier today about their new Beta for Windows Firewall management: Halo for Windows.  I don't mean to take anything away from their work and I think it is a good new offering.  But something jumped out at me near the end of the video that the administrator in the video only chose to log drops.  Why just the dropped traffic?

I hear this fairly frequently from people that choose to only log drop traffic, since it represent the bad traffic and they can send these logs to their SIEM to get alerts on these dropped connections.  Particularly when performance of logging is a concern and administrators want to reduce the performance impact by reducing their logging, they will turn logging off on highly utilized rules where they *know* what traffic is flowing through those rules.  But, they continue to log ALL their dropped traffic.  This is completely wrong.

Logging dropped packets does two positive things for you:

    • It allows you to verify your technology is actually working (confirming that the millions of dollars you spent of your firewall is actually doing something)
    • Identify attacks that failed

    I don't dismiss there is some value in #2, to build up a repository of threats.  And, it can aid in discovering malware inside your network and a few other good uses. For this reason, I still strongly encourage logging many drop rules. But remember, this traffic FAILED.  The preventative technology (firewall, IPS, etc) succeeded.  As for the first case, if you don't trust the technology, don't buy it.  And certainly don't use this count like a scoreboard of security success.  The fact that you successfully blocked traffic is not proof of security...no matter how many things you drop.  This is not a security success metric!

    Instead, if you care about security, you should be logging your accepts.  This is the traffic that can represent an actual risk to your organization.  This is the traffic that successfully passes through your security defenses.  There is a ton of value in this data:

      • Forensics review after a breach is discovered to learn when it started and how long it lasted
      • Threat alerts when known bad actors are SUCCEEDING in accessing resources in your organization
      • Anomaly detection when there is an unexpected spike (or drop) in typical traffic behavior

      This attitude to log all dropped traffic has been promoted by just about everyone.  Starting with the firewall and IDS vendors, who want to show value  by logging dropped traffic (look, see, I dropped another attack!).  And it is promoted by standards that say almost nothing about what a firewall policy should or should not do, but will nearly always include a recommendation to include a clean up rule and LOG it.  I don't disagree with logging cleanup rules.  But this is not nearly as important as logging successful access.  In the case of the drop, you already succeeding in thwarting the attack, the log is of little additional value.  In the case of an accept, it is worthy of some additional scrutiny.

      My suggestion...log all accepted traffic and reassess which drop rules you want to log.

      [NOTE: in the Halo example above, since it is a host-based firewall, there can be limited value in logging the http accepts to the local web server since the web server should be logging connections as well.  This video just happened to get me thinking about this topic this morning.]

      Events

      Webinars

      19. Apr 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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      30. Mar 2017 Data Orchestration for Incident Response
      The biggest challenge security teams face when it comes to the alert triage process is preparing the data for analysis. Analysts can spend 80% of their time or more just to assemble the data to answer the question of whether an alert is a false positive or real incident.

      Immediate orchestrates the data assembly process, freeing up critical time and resources to actually respond to identified events.

      Join us for this webinar to learn how you can streamline the incident response process by orchestrating data assembly from a variety of disparate, external sources, including:
      - FireMon Security Manager
      - Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus
      - VirusTotal
      - Packet Capture
      - Threat Intelligence Feeds
      - And more!
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      07. Mar 2017 Prepare su red para cumplir con la Ley de Protección de Datos

      En la actualidad, uno de los retos principales es preparar las redes de seguridad, no sólo para enfrentar las amenazas, sino también para enfrentar los cumplimientos. El día 26 de enero se publicó en el Diario Oficial la LEY GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS PERSONALES EN POSESIÓN DE SUJETOS OBLIGADOS.

      ¿Está tu red preparada?
      ¿Cuentas con los procesos necesarios para el cumplimiento?

      En esta era digital los datos personales de nuestros clientes y proveedores pasan por una red y se almacenan en una base de datos. Éstos, por ley, deben protegerse por medio de sistemas y procesos. Uno de los objetivos de esta ley es establecer las condiciones de tratamiento de datos personales y fomentar la cultura de protección.

      La Ley de protección de datos es mucho más que un simple aviso de privacidad; esta ley describe derechos y obligaciones que de incumplirse pueden ser penalizados. Asiste a este Webinar para conocer más y prepararte. Te mostraremos:

      • Cómo puedes preparar tu infraestructura y procesos para cumplir con la nueva ley
      • Cómo puedes automatizar el seguimiento continuo
      • Cómo puedes centralizar la documentación necesaria para una auditoria
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      02. Mar 2017 The Benefits of Firewall Management Tools on Productivity & Security

      In the fall of 2016, we sought the answer to a very simple question: What benefits do users who have a firewall management tool deployed with their firewalls see over nonusers? To find out, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey 188 IT security decision makers.

      In their study, “Automate Zero Trust Policy & Enforcement,” Forrester Consulting found that organizations with firewall auditing and configuration tools realize more benefits that those without, including:

      • Increased IT staff productivity
      • Fewer data breaches and attacks
      • Improved visibility into network traffic

      In this webinar, guest Speaker Josh Zelonis, Senior Analyst with Forrester, will review and discuss the results of the study with FireMon CTO Paul Calatayud who will bring his own experiences and best practices for deploying firewall management tools to improve productivity and reduce risk.

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      News

      22. Dec 2016
      Uber fights phishing with custom email IDS platform
      SC Magazine
      20. Dec 2016
      Westcon-Comstor taps BeyondTrust software for distribution program
      Tech Target
      16. Dec 2016
      Is your personal data ever really private?
      CBS MoneyWatch
      15. Dec 2016
      Yahoo embarrassment: Federal agents had to tell the company it had been hacked. Again.
      The Kansas City Star
      12. Dec 2016
      Firewall Sprawl: Four Security Gaps Exposed
      Bitpipe
      09. Dec 2016
      'We could not deliver your parcel' email could be scam
      USA Today
      07. Dec 2016
      OBAMA'S CYBERSECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS A SMALL STEP FORWARD, BUT NEED TEETH AND POLITICAL WILLPOWER
      IT News
      07. Dec 2016
      Cybersecurity pros tell Trump to heed commission's recommendations
      SC Magazine
      07. Dec 2016
      Holiday security matters to #hackers with Paul Calatayud @paulcalatayud of @firemon
      The Charles Tendell Show
      07. Dec 2016
      Keeping up with evolving cyber security needs
      Channel Pro
      25. Nov 2016
      Computing Security Excellence Awards 2016: and the winners are...
      Computing
      24. Nov 2016
      Consumers and Retailers, Here is How You Should Prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
      IT Security Guru
      21. Nov 2016
      Public sector cybersecurity: under threat but fighting back
      The Guardian
      15. Nov 2016
      Firewall DDoS Attack BlackNurse
      Information Security Buzz
      14. Nov 2016
      Report illustrates value of intelligent security management
      Digitalisation World
      11. Nov 2016
      Industry-first study quantifies security management impact on security-related risks and operational costs
      IT Security Guru
      08. Nov 2016
      FireMon concludes third quarter of 2016 with largest bookings on record
      IT Security Guru
      05. Nov 2016
      FireMon acquires Israel-based company
      Big News Network
      04. Nov 2016
      Kansas City’s Entrepreneurial Community Honoring Some of its Best & Brightest
      Thinking Bigger
      04. Nov 2016
      FireMon acquires FortyCloud for Multi-cloud Management Capabilities
      IT Security Guru
      03. Nov 2016
      Experts question Microsoft's Windows zero-day response
      Tech Target
      02. Nov 2016
      Phillip Hammond’s £1.9bn cyber defence strategy: security professionals deliver their verdict
      IFSEC Global
      01. Nov 2016
      UK to increase national cyber-defence grid
      Digital Forensics Magazine
      29. Oct 2016
      Enterprise Security Weekly #20
      Audioboom
      27. Oct 2016
      Cloud Pact: FireMon Acquires FortyCloud
      ISS Source
      26. Oct 2016
      Pushing Further Into The Cloud, FireMon Acquires Security Broker FortyCloud
      CyberParse
      26. Oct 2016
      The Multi-Cloud Enterprise Is Becoming the Norm
      IT Business Edge
      26. Oct 2016
      The Relationship Between IoT, Cloud Security, and DDoS
      IT Business Edge
      26. Oct 2016
      US Treasury tells banks to provide more cyber attack information
      Computer Weekly
      25. Oct 2016
      FireMon acquires FortyCloud to go beyond cramming workloads into the cloud
      451 Research
      25. Oct 2016
      FireMon buys FortyCloud
      The Register
      24. Oct 2016
      Huge DDoS Attack Brings Down Twitter, Spotify And AirBnB
      Information Security Buzz
      21. Oct 2016
      Firemon to be 'laser focused' on fewer partners
      CRN
      21. Oct 2016
      DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again
      The Register
      21. Oct 2016
      Dyn DDoS part 2: The hackers strike back
      ZDNet
      18. Oct 2016
      The Computing Security Excellence Awards shortlist revealed!
      Computing
      13. Oct 2016
      FireMon appoints Paul Calatayud as CTO
      SC Magazine
      12. Oct 2016
      Seasoned CISO joins FireMon as Chief Technology Officer
      IT Security Guru
      06. Oct 2016
      On Entrepreneurship: For new FireMon CEO, it’s growth over profitability
      Kansas City Business Journal
      06. Oct 2016
      What If You could Visualize Every Change On Your Network? with @FireMon
      The Charles Tendell Show
      05. Oct 2016
      3 questions with FireMon's new CEO
      Kansas City Business Journal
      30. Sep 2016
      As September draws to a close, MicroScope checks in on this week's executive appointments in and around the channel
      Computer Weekly
      29. Sep 2016
      FireMon boss looks to streamline channel for enterprise push
      ChannelNomics
      27. Sep 2016
      High-growth security management vendor forges ahead with new CEO at the helm
      IT Security Guru
      07. Sep 2016
      FireMon grabs Blue Coat man to head global channels
      ChannelBiz
      07. Sep 2016
      Automation isn’t one-size fits all
      Help Net Security
      02. Sep 2016
      FireMon announces new standard in change automation
      Vigilance
      30. Aug 2016
      Why are organizations in APAC less secure?
      IDG Connect
      22. Aug 2016
      65% Of IT leaders Expect A Serious Data Breach To Hit Their Business In The Next Year
      Information Security Buzz
      19. Aug 2016
      Company security measures often 'knee jerk' reactions
      IT Pro Portal
      22. Jul 2016
      65% of IT pros would be grounded by Mum for their messy firewall rules
      SC Magazine
      21. Jul 2016
      Messy firewall rules would leave IT pros grounded for life
      IT Pro Portal
      07. Jul 2016
      IT security pros compromise ethics and mostly 'fire-fight', not do security work
      SC Magazine
      07. Jul 2016
      Almost a third of cyber security pros surveyed admit to compromising ethics to pass audits
      VanillaPlus
      07. Jul 2016
      IT Pros compromise ethics to pass audits, FireMon says
      IT Pro Portal
      02. Jul 2016
      Thinking your way to safety
      Computing Security
      02. Jul 2016
      LinkedIn secure after acquisition
      Computing Security
      01. Jul 2016
      Over-stretched IT Security Pros Spend More Time Fire-fighting than Doing Meaningful Security Work
      IT Security Guru
      23. Jun 2016
      FireMon: The Enterprise Security Management Vanguard
      CIO Review
      22. Jun 2016
      Security Experts Insight on UK Parliament Report On Cyber Security
      IT Security Guru
      20. Jun 2016
      Will MPs' TalkTalk Hack Recommendations Make the UK More Secure?
      TechWeek Europe
      03. Jun 2016
      Are firewalls still important? Making sense of networking's greatest security layer
      Computer World UK
      10. May 2016
      Firewall importance remains
      ChannelNomics
      30. Mar 2016
      The changing role of firewalls in network security
      Betanews
      30. Mar 2016
      Firewalls still at the heart of network security infrastructure
      IT Pro Portal
      28. Mar 2016
      Like It Or Not, Firewalls Still Front And Center
      Dark Reading
      29. Feb 2016
      Wir sind gekommen, um zu bleiben
      Manage IT
      26. Feb 2016
      FireMon fits new CFO’s entrepreneurial bent
      Kansas City Business Journal
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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
      Firewall Cleanup
      The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
      Real-Time Risk Analysis
      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.
      Intelligent Policy Automation
      Automation Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
      Intelligent Security Management

      Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

      2016 State of the Firewall
      2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
      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.

      Firewall Sprawl: How Complexity Is Adding Cost & Increasing Risk
      Aberdeen
      Quantifying the value of Intelligent Security Management
      Aberdeen
      Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
      Forrester
      Automate Zero Trust Policy And Enforcement
      Forrester
      What's changing and how to respond to PCI DSS V3.2
      Gartner
      The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager
      IANS