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Oil & Gas Faces a Massive Convergence Challenge
Nov 15, 2018
Every industry today has its challenges – regulations, cloud adoption, digital transformation, and on it goes. Oil and gas is a particularly challenging market due…
Charge into the Cloud with New Visibility and Orchestration Capabilities
Nov 01, 2018
Like most technologies that change the way we work, cloud solutions offer clear and compelling benefits but also raise new and formidable challenges. Security poses…
Not Just Automation: FireMon Security Manager v8.23 Release Advances Scalable…
Oct 09, 2018
The notion that technology advances go hand-in-hand with vulnerabilities is well accepted. And as risk continues to advance, this relationship requires close attention and our best efforts…
Awareness, Analytics and Automation Drive Another New Milestone in FireMon an…
Oct 05, 2018
As simple as it sounds, you can’t secure what you can’t find. Bad actors will always look to exploit vulnerabilities and vectors that represent the…








Notes from the Field: AWS re:Invent 2018



AWS re:Invent 2018 is in the books, and this one did not disappoint, with presentations and sessions spread across five hotel conference centers populated by more than 65,000 attendees – a whopping 20,000 more than last year!

The increased attendance shouldn’t really surprise us; it underscores the booming growth of connected cloud applications and real-time data sources. And, the need for continuous access to data and the rate at which developers are developing will only accelerate. Businesses recognize that they must capitalize on the new dynamics offered by real-time cloud services if they are to remain competitive and relevant - and because of this, it would not surprise me if AWS re:Invent attracts 100,000 attendees before we ring in 2020. 

There was something for everybody at this show, with more than 450 re:Invent sessions ranging from big data and analytics, to database advances, serverless architecture deployments, containers, micro services, machine learning, AI and security. Here are some of the highlights from my point of view:

 

Highlight #1: Go Deep Racer, Go!

The most fun announcement at AWS re:Invent this year centered around a new fully autonomous 1/18th scale race car named DeepRacer. Aside from being a cool little car, DeepRacer’s real job is to train developers on reinforcement learning (RL), an advanced machine learning (ML) technique, which, you might have guessed, is what gives DeepRacer its autonomous driving capabilities. Along with DeepRacer, AWS also announced a supporting 3D racing simulator and a global racing league with annual competitions. What a fun way to learn ML!

Beyond DeepRacer and other fun stuff, storage resiliency took center stage at the show, but I was extremely pleased to see a strong emphasis placed on the many advancements in cloud security. One takeaway quote I captured was: “Security should not be a tax, but rather an enabler. The minute you say ‘no’ people will, and do, look for a way around you.”

 

Highlight #2: AWS Goes SOC-less

Did you know that AWS does not have a traditional SOC?  They believe that if you have to wait for a human to catch something on a monitor, you’re already too late. Moreover, AWS places priority on mechanisms for automation and reducing human access to data. One recent initiative challenged the AWS teams to reduce human access to data by 80%. The general response was “you’re crazy!” but the result of the challenge achieved new levels of automation efficiencies they had never before seen.

 

Another goal was to minimize the AWS attack surface area, which, in practical terms, means “if the code isn’t there, it can’t be exploited.”  This also holds true for limiting access. Access to data should only be by design and should always be secure. Only make available what is necessary to meet the objectives of the business. These are good principles for anyone to follow.


Highlight #3: Plugging those Pesky S3 Bucket Leaks

No doubt AWS was not pleased with the attention they received over the last year around leaky S3 buckets. While there have always been sufficient controls in place to limit unintended S3 bucket access, it was obvious that configuration mistakes were still taking place all too frequently. As a result, AWS announced a new “Amazon S3 Block Public Access” setting. 

This new feature is designed to make it easier to protect buckets and objects. As AWS puts it, “If an AWS account is used to host a data lake or another business application, blocking public access will serve as an account-level guard against accidental public exposure.”

This particular announcement was met with robust applause from the audience!

Read about new functionality to block s3 bucket public access

Highlight #4: AWS Control Tower 

AWS made it clear to all builders and architects in the house: “We are listening!”

AWS had received a significant amount of feedback from customers that they would be willing to sacrifice some control and granularity in exchange for pre-built blueprints that offer a faster and easier way to set up and manage a baseline AWS environment or landing zone. And, AWS has delivered with AWS Control Tower.

As they describe it: “AWS Control Tower automates the set-up of a baseline environment, or landing zone, that is a secure, well-architected multi-account AWS environment. The configuration of the landing zone is based on best practices that have been established by working with thousands of enterprise customers to create a secure environment that makes it easier to govern AWS workloads with rules for security, operations, and compliance.”

 

Highlight #5: Security Takes Center Stage!


Another announcement I found exciting, and definitely one that FireMon will be contributing to, is the new AWS Security Hub.  Security Hub offers aggregated findings across your cloud infrastructure of AWS services and partner solutions, pre-configured and custom security insights, and multi-account support. 

AWS announced they have added 239 new security related items over the last 12 months!

 

Highlight #6: VMWARE Cloud on AWS

 

 

In closing, I will also say it was good to see the continued strong partnership between AWS and VMware.   VMware’s CEO Pat Gelsinger took the stage with AWS CEO Andy Jassy to talk about the continued growing relationship between AWS and VMware. If you’re not familiar with this relationship, it brings VMware’s enterprise-class SDDC software to the AWS Cloud with optimized access to native AWS services… it’s what we in “the business” call a Win-Win. 

I’ve only touched on a small portion of everything that was presented at this year’s show, but I hope it’s enough to encourage people to attend next year. It’s well worth the time and effort… and you may just be the attendee to push attendance over 100,000!

As VP of Customer Technology, Tim Woods has more than two decades of experience in information security and data technology. With a proven track record of leading sales teams to success and deep domain expertise in security and technology, he is a driving force of many thriving companies.

Events

Webinars

Nov 06, 2018 AWS Network Security Deep Dive
Running workloads in the cloud makes provisioning and setup easier—just spin up a VM. But you might be surprised by how many firewalls you’ll end up with in the cloud if you follow best practices. Cloud providers are clear on this point. Amazon says, “Security and Compliance is a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer… The customer assumes responsibility and management of the guest operating system (including updates and security patches), other associated application software as well as the configuration of the AWS provided security group firewall.” In short, cloud security is in your court.
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Oct 25, 2018 SC Mag: Continuous Security for the Hybrid Enterprise
The cloud is a notable business advantage, but it does bring numerous security concerns including: a lack of visibility across cloud or between on-premises and cloud environments, monitoring security controls and changes within cloud and multi-cloud environments, and maintaining compliance by monitoring cloud traffic for suspicious and non-compliant behavior. It becomes increasingly complex in hybrid environments because now you're managing security for on-premise, cloud, virtual, container environments, and more.
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Oct 11, 2018 Improve Visibility to Reduce Vulnerabilities and Protect Patient Data
Healthcare IT organizations, already burdened with budget constraints and the scarcity of technically proficient staff, must also contend with significant blind spots within their own networks. These blind spots occur everywhere, from endpoints into the cloud, and every blind spot increases the opportunity for attacks such as ransomware to be successful. Lumeta has been deployed at some of the largest enterprises and government agencies based on our ability to eliminate 100% of your IP network and connected device visibility gaps, improve your overall security posture, and reduce the risk of patient data theft.
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Sep 20, 2018 The Future of Network Security
Join our guest, Forrester's Chase Cunningham, with FireMon's Vice President, Product Strategy at FireMon, Matt Dean for a look at the future of network security, which will ultimately enable each business team to fully own their security policies.
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News

Oct 26, 2018
Want to find the biggest cloud security threat? Look in the mirror
Betanews
Oct 26, 2018
Four Steps To Firewall Automation Success
Information Security Buzz
Sep 12, 2018
Open Git directories leave 390K websites vulnerable
Threat Post
Aug 28, 2018
What are Next Generation Firewalls? How the Cloud and Complexity Affect Them.
CSO Online
Aug 17, 2018
94 Percent of Organizations See Firewalls as Critical Infrastructure
eWeek
Aug 17, 2018
Firewall Still Critical Tool in Network Security
Info Security
Aug 17, 2018
EMEA firms lagging behind US in firewall management & innovation
SC Magazine UK
Aug 15, 2018
Chaos and confusion reign with existing firewall infrastructure
Help Net Security
Aug 02, 2018
5 Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface
Security Magazine
Jul 09, 2018
Rules automation puts the “Sec” in DevSecOps
Help Net Security
Jun 06, 2018
Toward Central Network Security Policy Management for Hybrid Clouds
ESG
Jun 05, 2018
Zero Trust: Method or Madness?
Info Security
May 30, 2018
CEO: Acquisition adds 'best-in-class' solution to OP's FireMon
Kansas City Business Journal
May 29, 2018
FireMon to Buy Lumeta
Dark Reading
May 25, 2018
FireMon Announces New Immediate Insight Threat Hunting App for the Palo Alto Networks Application Framework
Channel Pro
May 14, 2018
Women in cyber-security: conquering imposter syndrome
SC Magazine UK
May 10, 2018
Firewall as a Service: A Better Defense for Your Business
Channel Partners
Apr 17, 2018
Hottest cybersecurity products at RSA 2018
CSO Online
Apr 17, 2018
RSA 2018: 10 Hot New Security Orchestration, Threat Detection, And Incident Response Products
CRN
Apr 17, 2018
FireMon debuts global policy controller; delivers frictionless network security management for hybrid enterprises
CTR
Mar 15, 2018
8 hot cyber security trends (and 4 going cold)
CSO Online
Mar 09, 2018
What Cybersecurity Risks Are Companies Currently Underestimating the Most? 34 Experts Have Their Say
Verdict Encrypt
  See all news from 2018



Resource Library

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White Papers

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Analyst Reports

Policy Change

Case Studies

FireMon + Amazon Web Services
FireMon extends orchestration, vulnerability management, and compliance (both internal policy compliance and regulatory compliance) across on-premises, AWS, and hybrid cloud environments.
Global Policy Controller
Overview of FireMon’s Global Policy Controller solution.
Security Manager
Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
Policy Planner
Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
Policy Optimizer
Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
Risk Analyzer
Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
Immediate Insight
Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
FireMon + Palo Alto Networks
FireMon gives Palo Alto Networks users a fusion of vulnerability management, continuous compliance and orchestration capabilities that speed migration to the latest firewall technologies.
FireMon Appliances

Whether you’re monitoring 100 devices or 15,000, on one continent or around the world, we offer a FM appliance with the power and storage capacity to deliver FireMon’s high-performance, highly scalable firewall management and risk analysis solutions.

Compliance and Security for Utilities
Meet NERC requirements and prevent catastrophic infrastructure events.
Immediate Insight and Palo Alto Networks Application Framework
Moving to the Cloud
Central security control for expanding cloud intrastructures.
Risk Mitigation
Eliminate disruptions while removing security risks.
Reduce Security Costs
Continuous security that doesn't break the bank.
Intent-based Network Security
Continuous security starts with intent.
Elasticsearch
FireMon and Elasticsearch: Warp speed security
Continuous Security for Industrial Enterprises
Command security for PCN and SCADA networks
Internet of Things
Taming the ever-expanding IoT attack surface.
Zero Trust
Continuous Security for Zero Trust Networks
Migrations Made Easy
Speed up adoption of NGFW with FireMon.
Intelligent Security Management
Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
Hybrid Cloud Management
Visibility into and control over Cloud Services, including AWS and OpenStack Platforms
Accelerating Incident Response. Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
Change Simulation & Risk Scoring
Proactively reduce risk based upon network exposure and host accessibility
Check Point Solution Brief
FireMon solutions and Check Point
Cisco Solution Brief

FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

Fortinet Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Fortinet
Juniper Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Juniper
NSX Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for NSX
3 Steps to Gain Control of Cloud Security
Better cloud visibility brings better cloud security.
2018 State of the Firewall
The full report walks through budget needs, staffing concerns, five-year firewall strategies, and more about how network security professionals at best-in-class businesses of all sizes see the evolution of firewalls.
A Primer On Intent-Based Network Security
Intent-based network security (IBNS) decouples intent from implementation. In this model, intent becomes the bedrock of policies and controls, and implementation serves as the device-specific enforcement of the declared security goal.
Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
Visibility is often a first step toward cloud security
The Four Factors Necessary For Zero Trust

FireMon helps organizations move towards Zero Trust by providing:

  • Visibility into the network
  • Analysis of network traffic flow and possible breach points
  • Security Intent to determine what’s permissible
  • Orchestration to consistently automate what needs to be done
5 Reasons to Implement Security Policy Orchestration and Automation

Reduce your attack surface with a Security Policy Orchestration and Automation solution like FireMon.

Managing Migration Mayhem
Migrations can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned security professional. Follow this roadmap for a smooth, successful migration.
Four Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface

Larger attack surface means more opportunities for cybercriminals to do harm. Learn how FireMon can help you remove exposures before they become exploited.

Why GDPR is Nothing to Fear
A practical (and sometimes philosophical) guide to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Four Key Factors for a Successful Migration

Migrations run the risk of cost overrun, delays and disruption of network service - often due to a lack of personnel and process to efficiently and effectively manage. To ensure a successful migration, consider these four key factors: 1) identifying and removing technical mistakes, 2) removing unused access, 3) refining and organizing what remains and 4) continuous, real-time monitoring.

Top 5 Requirements for Your NSPM Solution
Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) continues to be a difficult practice for organizations the world over. In the last 20 years, network security policies (e.g. firewall rules) have grown by more than 3,500%. Yes, you read that number correctly. Why is that?
Achieving Gartner's Recommendations for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment
Gartner research has uncovered a number of security policy challenges for enterprises. Among these challenges are the typical assessments necessary to fortify policy for compliance and improved security posture.
The Top 4 Myths of Policy Compliance & How to Avoid Non-Compliance
Welcome to the world of overflowing regulations and compliance standards, of evolving infrastructure and the ever-present breach. It's a world where 72% of security and compliance personnel say their jobs are more difficult today than just two years ago.
Planning Considerations for Compliance with GDPR
The GDPR deadline is approaching quickly. If you haven’t started your GDPR journey yet, now is the time.
2017 State of the Firewall
Networking continues to evolve, yet the firewall remains critical to securing today’s enterprises. FireMon is proud to present its 3rd Annual State of the Firewall Report
Firewall Cleanup Recommendations
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
Risk analysis with real-time change configuration is key to managing security risks in your IT infrastructure.
Real-Time Data Triage
Our Immediate Insight platform from FireMon can help organizations overcome the limitations and gaps inherent to the current analytic market.
Bridging the SIEM Alert Triage Gap
Immediate Insight enables security teams to improve event triage and incident response, extending the value of your existing full-featured SIEM.
How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Security Management

Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

The Top 5 Myths of Data Breaches
Five of the biggest myths that exist about data breaches, and explain how and why they occur.
Firewall Sprawl: Top Four Security Gaps Exposed

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.

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
Frost & Sullivan 2018 North American IoT Cybersecurity Technology Best Practices
Lumeta Honored with 2018 Best Practices Award for IoT Cybersecurity Technology Innovation
Using Security Policy And Automation (SPOA) Tools To Reduce The Attack Surface
Attack surfaces have expanded greatly in the past several years, in part because of the amount of new applications coming online via Internet of Things and increasingly connected technology. Organizations have an admittedly tough time keeping up with all the new touchpoints and the rapid expansion of the attack surface. Complete defense is nearly impossible, and many companies struggle with visibility issues, mismatched or misaligned firewall policies, and an inability to comprehensively test the security configurations they do have
The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem

Forrester

Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security helps teams develop robust prevention, detection and incident response capabilities to protect their company's vital digital business ecosystem. This report will help security pros understand the technologies best suited to empowering and extending their Zero Trust initiatives and will detail how Forrester sees this model and framework growing and evolving.

Overcoming the Complexity Gap
Bloor
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
Network Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Forrester
Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
Forrester
The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
IANS
Oil and Energy Company Increases IT Operational Efficiency and Enhanced Rule and Policy Compliance with FireMon
This mid-sized US-based oil and energy company was seeking to improve both the operational efficiency of their IT organization and security operations. They needed to streamline their processes for proposing and implementing changes to their firewall rule base. At the same time, they needed to enhance the speed and efficiency with which they performed rule compliance audits post-change. Their ideal solution would need to effectively meet the needs of both their firewall administrators and security analysts.
Large Healthcare Provider
The customer sought a data analysis tool to correlate application data with network and security data to spot service-impacting anomalies. They did not have an accurate picture of interoperability between applications and the underlying infrastructure.
Major Airline
Following a merger with another airline, this customer was left managing a large number of firewalls and routers from different security vendors using a home-grown application.
National Insurance Provider
This national insurance provider had three problems to tackle regarding their firewall policies. First, the number of rules under management was overwhelming staff and processes. They needed to increase visibility and effectiveness of their firewall change request/workflow ticketing process. And they also need help maintaining compliance PCI DSS requirements.
Managed Service Provider
Each time this Global MSP engaged a new customer, they had to onboard the firewalls – sometimes hundreds per engagement – into their network. Part of the onboarding process required assessing the policies against internal best practices – a manual, line-by-line process that took an average of 16 hours/firewall and was extremely error-prone.