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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.
As any network operator can attest, the words “firewall” and “security appliance” carry multiple connotations; some of which are flattering and others that are… not.
That being said, developing scalable and feature driven security devices is a difficult task, especially while trying to provide the best performance at the most competitive price.
Over the past few years, the number of enterprises that have migrated to hybrid datacenters and cloud architecture has increased dramatically, exacerbating underlying issues such as throughput, redundancy and administration.
As a result, today’s enterprise architectures are far more distributed than ever before – most often a conglomeration of multiple vendors, code versions and management methods.
Imagine being an operator responsible for multiple datacenter network security systems and having to integrate your security management methodology into a cloud environment.
This remains a daunting challenge not only due to many organizations’ inability to find critical staff or the sheer difficulty of centrally managing systems seamlessly, but also in achieving a high level of faith that everything will operate in the same manner after a code upgrade or activation of a new feature.
Since the rest of the networking space has already adopted horizontal scaling for hardware and software, why aren’t we following the same methodology for security? Security appliances are not carrier grade routers, nor should they be treated as such. Yet, the sheer number of features that enterprises require from their security systems often comes at the sacrifice of throughput, creating subsequent traffic flow issues across the network.
As a result, firewalls and other security appliances must evolve to operate as a piece of software on commodity hardware or a virtual machine to both scale horizontally and empower all the necessary features, regardless of their deployment location. A common, easily tunable API abstraction management layer will also be critical in reducing operational overhead for network engineers.
By adopting this mindset, security systems will provide a much higher level of accuracy for threat detection and mitigation, along with administration of rule sets, resiliency and throughput – all while reducing operational and capital expenditures. The rest of the network must communicate and share critical information, especially as we progress more and more into Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Networks Function Virtualization (NFV).
Yet, network security systems continue to operate as islands today.
To change this we must truly embrace the mindset that security is just another key service that operates within the chain that is the network. Only then can we can move forward in developing a more protective, unified, vendor neutral and architecturally agnostic framework.
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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.
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:
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:
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.
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.