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Cybersecurity: Why businesses in EMEA are behind the US
Aug 15, 2018
Recently released, the 2018 State of the Firewall Report 2018 [insert web link over report title] - FireMon’s fourth annual survey of over 300 security…
Continuous Security Starts with Intent
Aug 07, 2018
It was back in August of 2011 when Hewlett-Packard, one of the most reliable PC/hardware producers of the modern age, announced that it was going…
FireMon 8.22: Enhanced Security and Expanded Automation & Compatibility
Jul 19, 2018
With the release of v8.22 the goal is to increase your team's efficiency while improving FireMon’s usability, enhancing operational security and stability, expanding automation, and…








Microsegmentation: Great idea, but how?



In the last few years, microsegmentation has become an increasing promise of network security for organizations in search of Zero Trust. As a framework, Zero Trust enforces secure connections down to the asset and/or application level – ensuring that security is tighter than ever and providing the means to shut down east-west traffic in the event of compromise.

What exactly is microsegmentation?

In simplest terms, microsegmentation works like this: typically, a network consists of thousands of different computers. We’ve long been able to segment computers, essentially drawing virtual perimeters around groups of computers to better define security parameters and protocols. Microsegmentation simply takes that process to the single computer level. A perimeter is drawn around each computing resource or application, meaning that thousands of different computers in a network now have their very own personal fortress protecting them.

This is undoubtedly a higher level of security and highly compatible with a Zero Trust framework. Previously, network security was perimeter-centric, hardware-centric and largely inflexible. Despite a generalized attitude that a larger suite of security products would, in fact, create more security, data breaches kept happening. It was time for a newer, more flexible and adaptive model, and that’s where microsegmentation was born. (This paper from SIGCOMM in 2011 is thought to be one of the earlier references to the idea, with a Gartner research note in 2017 taking the idea more into the mainstream.)

There were other concerns with the traditional approach to networking, with one of the foremost being how prescriptive it is. Computers within the network needed to be told exactly what to do, such as “block port X” or “enable 802.1q for Port P, etc. Most traditional network equipment makers offered their own user interface, which is often written as command-line interface, or CLI. That means if you have a team internally working with multiple vendors, they need to learn the CLI syntax for each vendor and apply that when making prescriptions. It becomes tedious. Mistakes happen everywhere.

Did we mention there are still breaches consistently as well?

But there’s a problem with microsegmentation

It may have jumped out at you already.

If you had your network organized into 500 firewalls with perimeters, each representing 100 computers, there were undoubtedly some challenges therein.

But if you’re looking for a new strategy and embrace microsegmentation, 500 firewalls become 50,000 firewalls when we get to the individual computer level.

If you had a lot of concerns at 500, it stands to reason you’d have significantly more at 50,000.

So if a best case scenario is greatly improved security, would the worst case scenario be 50,000 reasons to panic?

No one wants to add more stress and workload to their existence, which can be a major challenge for executives and decision-makers first hearing about microsegmentation. One of your goals in such a role is to protect your people from overwork so that they can focus on KPIs. Why add thousands of new firewalls?

Plus: you’re going to need an improved analytics program, in all likelihood, to recognize traffic patterns and key relationships between computers in the network. This will form the basis of rules and protocols going forward. It’s unsustainable to do that manually with multiple thousands of firewalls.

The equation you’re weighing here, then, is:

Improved security vs. increased workload and time away from priorities

How do you make that call?

How can this be overcome?

It actually can be. The key is a focus on “intent,” putting core business needs above all. Intent-based networking also helps with the prescriptive problem described above. We’ll go more in-depth on the next post.

Josh Mayfield serves as FireMon's Director of Product Marketing.

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Aug 16, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT Migrating to the Cloud? Don’t Forget Your Firewalls
Running workloads in the cloud gets rid of a lot of work and some risk but you might be surprised how many firewalls you’ll end up with in the cloud if you follow best practice.
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Jul 31, 2018 Executing Consistent Security Policy Across a Multi-Cloud Environment
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.
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Jul 26, 2018 The Time for Intent-Based Security is Here
In this session, we will explore strategies for defining security intent and reveal how to take IBNS from a great idea on paper to a great idea in practice.
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May 10, 2018 Final Countdown: 4 Principles You Need Before GDPR Hits

In this webinar, we’ll show you the principles needed for GDPR success:

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  2. Measuring security effectiveness
  3. Monitoring data protection
  4. Orchestrating persistent compliance
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Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
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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
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Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
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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
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FireMon solutions and Check Point
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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

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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
Gain Control of the Cloud

Cloud technology gives enterprises faster application deployment, instant storage, workload versatility and pricing models that decrease initial capital investment. It is no wonder enterprises are making the move to the cloud.

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.
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
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.