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Internally at Secure Passage, we use FireMon to manage changes to all of our production and test devices. Not only does it help us better manage those devices, but also it helps us create a better product by seeing problems and opportunities that we can address with the product.
A couple of weeks ago, I was attempting to SSH to one of our firewalls to help Support answer a customer question. I was unable to connect. I quickly turned to FireMon to verify connectivity and found that the firewall was blocking my access. I could fix the problem easy enough, but I was interested to know when and why that access got changed. I immediately looked to FireMon, but was frustrated that I didn't have a really quick way to figure this out. Of course the data was there, I just had to know where to look. If I knew when it happened, I could look at the change report. If I knew which rule used to accept this traffic (which I did in this case), I could look at the rule and the change log, and identify exactly what changed and when it happened.
However, what if I didn't know either of those things or I just wanted a faster way to find the information? I posed this question to our development team a couple weeks ago, and last Friday, one of our developers took up the challenge. Mark created the Policy Test History Extension: https://nexus.firemon.com/repository/details.aspx?id=2add2d8a-8c03-49c0-a8a9-ccf37be71f10
This Extension will evaluate your history of access and identify exactly when it stopped working, permitting you to identify the change that took place and all the details about the change, including who made the change. It's a great new feature. Check it out some time.
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.
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