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Unless you’re under a rock, you know that the WannaCry Ransomware cyberattack swept worldwide headlines last week.
Organizations scrambled to apply the latest Microsoft security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack. It’s estimated that the ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 victims in 150 countries.
It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, and invoking the traditional spirit of self-improvement – typified by efforts to lose weight, and work out more frequently to do so – I’ll take the opportunity to suggest a resolution to improve the overall health of your network security infrastructure.
Last month, I wrote here about the similarities of Information Security and Healthcare. At their core, both industries attempt to diagnose and prevent negative outcomes. Measuring progress towards these goals can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding.
There is another parallel between IT Security and Healthcare: by consistently practicing positive behaviors, you can have a significant and positive impact on outcomes. In your health, this claim may be realized by embracing a better diet and more consistently exercising. In IT Security, such a regimen includes basics such as effective configuration management and consistent vulnerability patching.
These are not cutting-edge techniques, but they are highly effective. These basic security management activities, if done well and consistently, will be more effective than new technologies. It is your security fitness. Do these activities regularly and your security will be stronger, faster and more nimble.
This year, FireMon will publish a new blog series focused on steps to improve network security defenses. We will focus on the small, but incredibly valuable, steps you can take to improve your security fitness by improving the configuration of your network security controls. These are not monumental tasks, they are achievable goals, even on very large networks. Each recommended set of tasks or processes will make an immediate, measurable impact on improving the state of the overall security posture. Taken together, they will make a significant and lasting difference in the overall health of your security.
Keep an eye out for our new blog series coming soon and commit to improving your security fitness this year. With consistent improvements in fundamental network security practices, by the time summer rolls around, you’ll be ready to head to the beach with confidence in your security physique.
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.