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Get to know us better! Gain valuable insights into how we think by visiting our blog, or take a look at the industry events we're frequenting on our events page. You can also geek out with us by attending one of our security management webinars, or dive head first into the products and solutions we provide in our Resource Library. There's lots to keep you busy! 

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Blog

20. Apr 2017 Shrinking the Complexity Gap
Security teams are under tremendous pressure these days. Data breaches are rising across all industries, and the average total cost of a data breach is a whopping $4 million. Regulators have put compliance requirements in place to try and minimize these breaches, but that has just led to an overabundance of resources thrown at the problem, with very little to show for it at the end.
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14. Apr 2017 Making security part of the company culture

My years of experience managing security programs, across a broad spectrum of industries, has given me a greater understanding of how technology and people both play a critical role in influencing the overall security posture of any organization.

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15. May 2012The Report of The Firewall's Death is Greatly Exaggerated

Today Roger Grimes posted an article on InfoWorld about the overdue death of the firewall:  Why you don't need a firewall.  His case rests on two primary arguments:  1.  The firewall doesn't protect against modern day threats, specifically client-side vulnerabilities and the fact that all apps run over port 80 and 443 that can never be blocked in the firewall and 2. The firewall is managed so poorly that it causes more problems than it solves.

Let's separate these two points to more logically discuss each, starting with the value of a firewall in today's threat environment.  I take significant issue with his statement that, Today, 99 percent of all successful attacks are client-side attacks.  This is not substantiated by any research for good reason; it isn't true.  The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report actually discusses successful attacks in significant depth and completely invalidates this point.  It reports that 81% of all attacks and 99% of lost data is a direct result of Hacking.  It goes on to specify that access to remote services (e.g. VNC, RCP) combined with default, weak or stolen credentials account for 88% of all breaches.  The assumption that 99% of attacks are client-side is dead wrong.

With remote access to services remaining the greatest attack vector today, firewalls still play a very significant role and are changing dramatically.  It would also seem that Roger is ignoring new advancements in firewall technology.  NextGen firewalls are specifically adept at helping prevent the client-side attack.  No longer is port 80 and 443 an open highway of access through which everything can pass.  User-based and application-based policies permit effective control of outbound access.

Roger’s second point, on ineffective management, is something which I agree is a problem, but don't agree with his conclusion.  His argument that ineffective management, where rules are created that permit nearly all access renders the firewall useless, is absolutely correct.  Ineffective management that leads to poor configurations is a problem that can turn the best firewall technology into nothing more than a router passing all traffic.  But his conclusion that this means the firewall should die is a really bad leap in logic.  Poor management is not cause to kill the technology.  Instead, I propose more effective management.

FireMon has been dedicated to this very idea of better firewall management for over a decade.  Ineffective firewalls are not a caused by bad technology or incapable administrators.  It is a problem with management.  A stream of 1,000 logs per second won't make any sense if a human tries to process their meaning while staring at a screen, but with some automation of log analysis, they can provide a wealth of information.  500 complex rules in a single firewall policy may be nearly impossible to evaluate to understand what access is truly being allowed, but with a powerful policy analysis tool, it is a trivial exercise.  Even Roger's example of a poorly defined rule with ANY ANY defined due to missing requirements is a solvable problem with the right tools.  FireMon provides a powerful Traffic Flow Analysis tool that analyzes traffic flowing through overly-permissive rules permitting retroactive correction of these problematic rules.

The firewall is not dead and won’t be.  With next gen capabilities and effective management - which is possible and available today - the firewall will remain a critical component of security solutions forever.

Events

Webinars

19. Apr 2017 Closing the Complexity Gap

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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30. Mar 2017 Data Orchestration for Incident Response
The biggest challenge security teams face when it comes to the alert triage process is preparing the data for analysis. Analysts can spend 80% of their time or more just to assemble the data to answer the question of whether an alert is a false positive or real incident.

Immediate orchestrates the data assembly process, freeing up critical time and resources to actually respond to identified events.

Join us for this webinar to learn how you can streamline the incident response process by orchestrating data assembly from a variety of disparate, external sources, including:
- FireMon Security Manager
- Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus
- VirusTotal
- Packet Capture
- Threat Intelligence Feeds
- And more!
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07. Mar 2017 Prepare su red para cumplir con la Ley de Protección de Datos

En la actualidad, uno de los retos principales es preparar las redes de seguridad, no sólo para enfrentar las amenazas, sino también para enfrentar los cumplimientos. El día 26 de enero se publicó en el Diario Oficial la LEY GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS PERSONALES EN POSESIÓN DE SUJETOS OBLIGADOS.

¿Está tu red preparada?
¿Cuentas con los procesos necesarios para el cumplimiento?

En esta era digital los datos personales de nuestros clientes y proveedores pasan por una red y se almacenan en una base de datos. Éstos, por ley, deben protegerse por medio de sistemas y procesos. Uno de los objetivos de esta ley es establecer las condiciones de tratamiento de datos personales y fomentar la cultura de protección.

La Ley de protección de datos es mucho más que un simple aviso de privacidad; esta ley describe derechos y obligaciones que de incumplirse pueden ser penalizados. Asiste a este Webinar para conocer más y prepararte. Te mostraremos:

  • Cómo puedes preparar tu infraestructura y procesos para cumplir con la nueva ley
  • Cómo puedes automatizar el seguimiento continuo
  • Cómo puedes centralizar la documentación necesaria para una auditoria
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02. Mar 2017 The Benefits of Firewall Management Tools on Productivity & Security

In the fall of 2016, we sought the answer to a very simple question: What benefits do users who have a firewall management tool deployed with their firewalls see over nonusers? To find out, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey 188 IT security decision makers.

In their study, “Automate Zero Trust Policy & Enforcement,” Forrester Consulting found that organizations with firewall auditing and configuration tools realize more benefits that those without, including:

  • Increased IT staff productivity
  • Fewer data breaches and attacks
  • Improved visibility into network traffic

In this webinar, guest Speaker Josh Zelonis, Senior Analyst with Forrester, will review and discuss the results of the study with FireMon CTO Paul Calatayud who will bring his own experiences and best practices for deploying firewall management tools to improve productivity and reduce risk.

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News

22. Dec 2016
Uber fights phishing with custom email IDS platform
SC Magazine
20. Dec 2016
Westcon-Comstor taps BeyondTrust software for distribution program
Tech Target
16. Dec 2016
Is your personal data ever really private?
CBS MoneyWatch
15. Dec 2016
Yahoo embarrassment: Federal agents had to tell the company it had been hacked. Again.
The Kansas City Star
12. Dec 2016
Firewall Sprawl: Four Security Gaps Exposed
Bitpipe
09. Dec 2016
'We could not deliver your parcel' email could be scam
USA Today
07. Dec 2016
OBAMA'S CYBERSECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS A SMALL STEP FORWARD, BUT NEED TEETH AND POLITICAL WILLPOWER
IT News
07. Dec 2016
Cybersecurity pros tell Trump to heed commission's recommendations
SC Magazine
07. Dec 2016
Holiday security matters to #hackers with Paul Calatayud @paulcalatayud of @firemon
The Charles Tendell Show
07. Dec 2016
Keeping up with evolving cyber security needs
Channel Pro
25. Nov 2016
Computing Security Excellence Awards 2016: and the winners are...
Computing
24. Nov 2016
Consumers and Retailers, Here is How You Should Prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
IT Security Guru
21. Nov 2016
Public sector cybersecurity: under threat but fighting back
The Guardian
15. Nov 2016
Firewall DDoS Attack BlackNurse
Information Security Buzz
14. Nov 2016
Report illustrates value of intelligent security management
Digitalisation World
11. Nov 2016
Industry-first study quantifies security management impact on security-related risks and operational costs
IT Security Guru
08. Nov 2016
FireMon concludes third quarter of 2016 with largest bookings on record
IT Security Guru
05. Nov 2016
FireMon acquires Israel-based company
Big News Network
04. Nov 2016
Kansas City’s Entrepreneurial Community Honoring Some of its Best & Brightest
Thinking Bigger
04. Nov 2016
FireMon acquires FortyCloud for Multi-cloud Management Capabilities
IT Security Guru
03. Nov 2016
Experts question Microsoft's Windows zero-day response
Tech Target
02. Nov 2016
Phillip Hammond’s £1.9bn cyber defence strategy: security professionals deliver their verdict
IFSEC Global
01. Nov 2016
UK to increase national cyber-defence grid
Digital Forensics Magazine
29. Oct 2016
Enterprise Security Weekly #20
Audioboom
27. Oct 2016
Cloud Pact: FireMon Acquires FortyCloud
ISS Source
26. Oct 2016
Pushing Further Into The Cloud, FireMon Acquires Security Broker FortyCloud
CyberParse
26. Oct 2016
The Multi-Cloud Enterprise Is Becoming the Norm
IT Business Edge
26. Oct 2016
The Relationship Between IoT, Cloud Security, and DDoS
IT Business Edge
26. Oct 2016
US Treasury tells banks to provide more cyber attack information
Computer Weekly
25. Oct 2016
FireMon acquires FortyCloud to go beyond cramming workloads into the cloud
451 Research
25. Oct 2016
FireMon buys FortyCloud
The Register
24. Oct 2016
Huge DDoS Attack Brings Down Twitter, Spotify And AirBnB
Information Security Buzz
21. Oct 2016
Firemon to be 'laser focused' on fewer partners
CRN
21. Oct 2016
DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again
The Register
21. Oct 2016
Dyn DDoS part 2: The hackers strike back
ZDNet
18. Oct 2016
The Computing Security Excellence Awards shortlist revealed!
Computing
13. Oct 2016
FireMon appoints Paul Calatayud as CTO
SC Magazine
12. Oct 2016
Seasoned CISO joins FireMon as Chief Technology Officer
IT Security Guru
06. Oct 2016
On Entrepreneurship: For new FireMon CEO, it’s growth over profitability
Kansas City Business Journal
06. Oct 2016
What If You could Visualize Every Change On Your Network? with @FireMon
The Charles Tendell Show
05. Oct 2016
3 questions with FireMon's new CEO
Kansas City Business Journal
30. Sep 2016
As September draws to a close, MicroScope checks in on this week's executive appointments in and around the channel
Computer Weekly
29. Sep 2016
FireMon boss looks to streamline channel for enterprise push
ChannelNomics
27. Sep 2016
High-growth security management vendor forges ahead with new CEO at the helm
IT Security Guru
07. Sep 2016
FireMon grabs Blue Coat man to head global channels
ChannelBiz
07. Sep 2016
Automation isn’t one-size fits all
Help Net Security
02. Sep 2016
FireMon announces new standard in change automation
Vigilance
30. Aug 2016
Why are organizations in APAC less secure?
IDG Connect
22. Aug 2016
65% Of IT leaders Expect A Serious Data Breach To Hit Their Business In The Next Year
Information Security Buzz
19. Aug 2016
Company security measures often 'knee jerk' reactions
IT Pro Portal
22. Jul 2016
65% of IT pros would be grounded by Mum for their messy firewall rules
SC Magazine
21. Jul 2016
Messy firewall rules would leave IT pros grounded for life
IT Pro Portal
07. Jul 2016
IT security pros compromise ethics and mostly 'fire-fight', not do security work
SC Magazine
07. Jul 2016
Almost a third of cyber security pros surveyed admit to compromising ethics to pass audits
VanillaPlus
07. Jul 2016
IT Pros compromise ethics to pass audits, FireMon says
IT Pro Portal
02. Jul 2016
Thinking your way to safety
Computing Security
02. Jul 2016
LinkedIn secure after acquisition
Computing Security
01. Jul 2016
Over-stretched IT Security Pros Spend More Time Fire-fighting than Doing Meaningful Security Work
IT Security Guru
23. Jun 2016
FireMon: The Enterprise Security Management Vanguard
CIO Review
22. Jun 2016
Security Experts Insight on UK Parliament Report On Cyber Security
IT Security Guru
20. Jun 2016
Will MPs' TalkTalk Hack Recommendations Make the UK More Secure?
TechWeek Europe
03. Jun 2016
Are firewalls still important? Making sense of networking's greatest security layer
Computer World UK
10. May 2016
Firewall importance remains
ChannelNomics
30. Mar 2016
The changing role of firewalls in network security
Betanews
30. Mar 2016
Firewalls still at the heart of network security infrastructure
IT Pro Portal
28. Mar 2016
Like It Or Not, Firewalls Still Front And Center
Dark Reading
29. Feb 2016
Wir sind gekommen, um zu bleiben
Manage IT
26. Feb 2016
FireMon fits new CFO’s entrepreneurial bent
Kansas City Business Journal
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Resource Library

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Datasheets

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Solution Briefs

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White Papers

Visibility Monitoring Management

Analyst Reports

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
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
Accelerated Incident Response
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
Firewall Cleanup
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Real-Time Risk Analysis
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.
Intelligent Policy Automation
Automation Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
Intelligent Security Management

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

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
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.

Firewall Sprawl: How Complexity Is Adding Cost & Increasing Risk
Aberdeen
Quantifying the value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Forrester
Automate Zero Trust Policy And Enforcement
Forrester
What's changing and how to respond to PCI DSS V3.2
Gartner
The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager
IANS