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Notes from the Field: AWS re:Invent 2018
Dec 06, 2018
AWS re:Invent 2018 is in the books, and this one did not disappoint, with presentations and sessions spread across five hotel conference centers populated by…
Oil & Gas Faces a Massive IT and OT Convergence Challenge
Nov 15, 2018
Every industry today has its challenges – regulations, cloud adoption, digital transformation, and on it goes. Oil and gas is a particularly challenging market due…
Charge into the Cloud Security with New Visibility and Orchestration Capabili…
Nov 01, 2018
Like most technologies that change the way we work, cloud solutions offer clear and compelling benefits but also raise new and formidable challenges. Security poses…
Not Just Automation: FireMon Security Manager v8.23 Release Advances Scalable…
Oct 09, 2018
The notion that technology advances go hand-in-hand with vulnerabilities is well accepted. And as risk continues to advance, this relationship requires close attention and our best efforts…








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

      Webinars

      Nov 06, 2018 AWS Network Security Deep Dive
      Running workloads in the cloud makes provisioning and setup easier—just spin up a VM. But you might be surprised by how many firewalls you’ll end up with in the cloud if you follow best practices. Cloud providers are clear on this point. Amazon says, “Security and Compliance is a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer… The customer assumes responsibility and management of the guest operating system (including updates and security patches), other associated application software as well as the configuration of the AWS provided security group firewall.” In short, cloud security is in your court.
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      Oct 25, 2018 SC Mag: Continuous Security for the Hybrid Enterprise
      The cloud is a notable business advantage, but it does bring numerous security concerns including: a lack of visibility across cloud or between on-premises and cloud environments, monitoring security controls and changes within cloud and multi-cloud environments, and maintaining compliance by monitoring cloud traffic for suspicious and non-compliant behavior. It becomes increasingly complex in hybrid environments because now you're managing security for on-premise, cloud, virtual, container environments, and more.
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      Oct 11, 2018 Improve Visibility to Reduce Vulnerabilities and Protect Patient Data
      Healthcare IT organizations, already burdened with budget constraints and the scarcity of technically proficient staff, must also contend with significant blind spots within their own networks. These blind spots occur everywhere, from endpoints into the cloud, and every blind spot increases the opportunity for attacks such as ransomware to be successful. Lumeta has been deployed at some of the largest enterprises and government agencies based on our ability to eliminate 100% of your IP network and connected device visibility gaps, improve your overall security posture, and reduce the risk of patient data theft.
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      Sep 20, 2018 The Future of Network Security
      Join our guest, Forrester's Chase Cunningham, with FireMon's Vice President, Product Strategy at FireMon, Matt Dean for a look at the future of network security, which will ultimately enable each business team to fully own their security policies.
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      News

      Oct 26, 2018
      Want to find the biggest cloud security threat? Look in the mirror
      Betanews
      Oct 26, 2018
      Four Steps To Firewall Automation Success
      Information Security Buzz
      Sep 12, 2018
      Open Git directories leave 390K websites vulnerable
      Threat Post
      Aug 28, 2018
      What are Next Generation Firewalls? How the Cloud and Complexity Affect Them.
      CSO Online
      Aug 17, 2018
      94 Percent of Organizations See Firewalls as Critical Infrastructure
      eWeek
      Aug 17, 2018
      Firewall Still Critical Tool in Network Security
      Info Security
      Aug 17, 2018
      EMEA firms lagging behind US in firewall management & innovation
      SC Magazine UK
      Aug 15, 2018
      Chaos and confusion reign with existing firewall infrastructure
      Help Net Security
      Aug 02, 2018
      5 Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface
      Security Magazine
      Jul 09, 2018
      Rules automation puts the “Sec” in DevSecOps
      Help Net Security
      Jun 06, 2018
      Toward Central Network Security Policy Management for Hybrid Clouds
      ESG
      Jun 05, 2018
      Zero Trust: Method or Madness?
      Info Security
      May 30, 2018
      CEO: Acquisition adds 'best-in-class' solution to OP's FireMon
      Kansas City Business Journal
      May 29, 2018
      FireMon to Buy Lumeta
      Dark Reading
      May 25, 2018
      FireMon Announces New Immediate Insight Threat Hunting App for the Palo Alto Networks Application Framework
      Channel Pro
      May 14, 2018
      Women in cyber-security: conquering imposter syndrome
      SC Magazine UK
      May 10, 2018
      Firewall as a Service: A Better Defense for Your Business
      Channel Partners
      Apr 17, 2018
      Hottest cybersecurity products at RSA 2018
      CSO Online
      Apr 17, 2018
      RSA 2018: 10 Hot New Security Orchestration, Threat Detection, And Incident Response Products
      CRN
      Apr 17, 2018
      FireMon debuts global policy controller; delivers frictionless network security management for hybrid enterprises
      CTR
      Mar 15, 2018
      8 hot cyber security trends (and 4 going cold)
      CSO Online
      Mar 09, 2018
      What Cybersecurity Risks Are Companies Currently Underestimating the Most? 34 Experts Have Their Say
      Verdict Encrypt
        See all news from 2018



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      FireMon + Amazon Web Services
      FireMon extends orchestration, vulnerability management, and compliance (both internal policy compliance and regulatory compliance) across on-premises, AWS, and hybrid cloud environments.
      Global Policy Controller
      Overview of FireMon’s Global Policy Controller solution.
      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
      FireMon + Palo Alto Networks
      FireMon gives Palo Alto Networks users a fusion of vulnerability management, continuous compliance and orchestration capabilities that speed migration to the latest firewall technologies.
      FireMon Appliances

      Whether you’re monitoring 100 devices or 15,000, on one continent or around the world, we offer a FM appliance with the power and storage capacity to deliver FireMon’s high-performance, highly scalable firewall management and risk analysis solutions.

      Compliance and Security for Utilities
      Meet NERC requirements and prevent catastrophic infrastructure events.
      Immediate Insight and Palo Alto Networks Application Framework
      Moving to the Cloud
      Central security control for expanding cloud intrastructures.
      Risk Mitigation
      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.
      Elasticsearch
      FireMon and Elasticsearch: Warp speed security
      Continuous Security for Industrial Enterprises
      Command security for PCN and SCADA networks
      Internet of Things
      Taming the ever-expanding IoT attack surface.
      Zero Trust
      Continuous Security for Zero Trust Networks
      Migrations Made Easy
      Speed up adoption of NGFW with FireMon.
      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
      Accelerating Incident Response. Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
      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
      3 Steps to Gain Control of Cloud Security
      Better cloud visibility brings better cloud security.
      2018 State of the Firewall
      The full report walks through budget needs, staffing concerns, five-year firewall strategies, and more about how network security professionals at best-in-class businesses of all sizes see the evolution of firewalls.
      A Primer On Intent-Based Network Security
      Intent-based network security (IBNS) decouples intent from implementation. In this model, intent becomes the bedrock of policies and controls, and implementation serves as the device-specific enforcement of the declared security goal.
      Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
      Visibility is often a first step toward cloud security
      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 & How to Avoid Non-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.
      How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
      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.
      Frost & Sullivan 2018 North American IoT Cybersecurity Technology Best Practices
      Lumeta Honored with 2018 Best Practices Award for IoT Cybersecurity Technology Innovation
      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

      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
      Bloor
      Firewall Sprawl
      Aberdeen Group
      Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
      Aberdeen Group
      Network 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
      Oil and Energy Company Increases IT Operational Efficiency and Enhanced Rule and Policy Compliance with FireMon
      This mid-sized US-based oil and energy company was seeking to improve both the operational efficiency of their IT organization and security operations. They needed to streamline their processes for proposing and implementing changes to their firewall rule base. At the same time, they needed to enhance the speed and efficiency with which they performed rule compliance audits post-change. Their ideal solution would need to effectively meet the needs of both their firewall administrators and security analysts.
      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.