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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.
Let’s talk about firewall misconfigurations. While on the surface, it’s not the most exciting of ways an organization can be breached (no secret spy work or insider meddling), but it’s an unfortunate fact that firewall misconfigurations are one of the primary causes of breaches to firewalls, the very technology put in place to ensure network security and keep cyber criminals out. They’re also one of the most preventable.
Take the recent cyber attack on Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in the UK that was largely to blame – according to an NCC investigation – on a misconfigured firewall. The resulting ransomware attack took the trust offline for four days and 2,800 patient appointments were canceled as a consequence. While this is bad enough for a healthcare organization, imagine what it could mean to a large enterprise where downtime is the kiss of death for the business.
At FireMon, we want to eradicate this problem. That makes it disheartening to hear of major incidents occurring as a result of a firewall misconfiguration. We know that having the right intelligent tools in place that automatically analyze and monitor firewall technologies can make all the difference when it comes to minimizing security risk and plugging holes in the network security infrastructure. Using Intelligent Security Management to identify problem areas is our business and the key to making yours operationally efficient and more secure.
In fact, recent research presented in a Forrester report entitled Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement concluded that 55% organizations that utilize firewall management tools see fewer breaches and a further 65% see increased productivity.
Don’t let your firewall misconfigurations become the next security headline, let us show you a better way. Contact us to learn more >>
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.