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High profile data breaches prove security investments are only half the battl…
Sep 11, 2017
Since the start of 2017, we’ve seen some epic data breaches leaving millions of affected consumers uncertain about the security of their personal information and…
As Virtual Networks Emerge, Policy and Data Move into the Spotlight
Aug 28, 2017
Traditionally, we’ve thought of policy from a network and security operations perspective. While, our firewalls rely on policy for accessibility and security, the operation of…
LinkedIn vulnerability proves social networks are far from safe
Aug 24, 2017
This week, Check Point researchers discovered a vulnerability within LinkedIn’s messenger platform, which if exploited, would enable attackers to spread malicious files via the platform…
Demystifying the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls
Aug 17, 2017
Gartner has recently released its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls. Many enterprises will be looking to this piece of research to inform their decisions…








Log 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

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      Sep 21, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm DST Quantify the Network Attack Surface to Improve Incident Response and Threat Detection

      Many threat investigations begin with responders working to understand possible threat vectors on the network that could explain malicious activity. One powerful way to improve the efficiency of our responders is to help them understand the network attack surface as configured attack paths that represent potential exploit paths.

      On Sept 21st we’ll share how FireMon’s Risk Analyzer and Immediate Insight products bring together threat investigation and attack path analysis to accelerate incident response and threat detection.
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      Aug 22, 2017 Correlating Vulnerability Scans with Network Path Analysis to Find and Remediate the Biggest Risks to Your Network and Avoid Wasting Time on the Little Ones

      Vulnerability scanning has its place but I’ve often found that it produces a mountain of data with little guidance for prioritizing updates other than a relative high/medium/low risk rating of the exploit itself and of the device’s value.

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      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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      Info Security
      Jun 01, 2017
      OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
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      OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
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      May 29, 2017
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      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
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      Sabre Breach
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      May 12, 2017
      FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
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      May 12, 2017
      FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
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      May 12, 2017
      WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
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      Security Manager
      Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
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      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
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      Juniper Solution Brief
      FireMon solutions for Juniper
      NSX Solution Brief
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      Palo Alto Solution Brief
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      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
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      The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
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      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.