Network Security Fitness

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.