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At the RSA Convention yesterday, our President Jody Brazil moderated a fascinating panel discussion on the state of the firewall and whether it would remain a relevant tool with the increase in virtualization and cloud adoption. The panel featured Chris Hoff, Chief Security Architect at Juniper Networks, Manny Rivelo, EVP of Security at F5 and Vik Phatak, CTO of NSS Labs. OVer 600 people attended this lively session. All of the panelists agreed that firewall's will remain a relevant security tool, but Cloud and virtualization will provide an opportunity to develop new ways to deploy the firewall. The panelists all agreed that the firewall will evolve to be a service that is delivered within the Cloud or virtualized environment, and will ultimately move from CLI's and GUI's to API's.
The discussion also touched on security in general within these new network paradigms, and the panelists were asked to identify 1 or 2 key points the attendees should consider when they returned to their own networks after RSA. Chris Hoff stated that as security practitioners, we need to move from managing vulnerabilities and reacting to incidents to managing risk. Operationalizing risk is the key to effectively reducing and remediating risk within your environment. At FireMon, we couldn't agree more. Our Risk Analyzer product enables you to manage risk in real-time on your network, and proactively eliminate potential vulnerabilities before an attacker can exploit them. This tool will allow you to improve your risk posture over time, and demonstrate the effectiveness of the security controls you have deployed within your environment. As we noted previously, Risk's time is now.
So you’ve purchased a new firewall. Now what?
You’ve got to decide which access is allowed, which isn’t allowed and whether or not rules are compliant with internal and regulatory standards.
Things are running along smoothly and then the dreaded “change.” A user submits a new access request and the fun begins. Is this access necessary? Safe? Compliant? And what happens when it’s time to retire unused rules?
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.
Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure
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.