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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.
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.
Expands Participation in McAfee Security Innovation Alliance Program
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Oct. 2, 2013
FireMon, a leading provider of security management and risk analysis solutions, today announced an expanded profile in the McAfee® Security Innovation Alliance™ (SIA) program with full support for McAfee® Vulnerability Manager. The announcement was made in conjunction with McAfee FOCUS 13, where FireMon will be exhibiting in Booth #312.
FireMon continues to expand its partnership with McAfee and one of their solutions has achieved McAfee Compatible status for a second time by integrating FireMon Security Manager and Risk Analyzer with McAfee Vulnerability Manager. Previously, FireMon had integrated its FireMon Security Manager and Risk Analyzer with McAfee® Firewall Enterprise. FireMon has been a member of the McAfee SIA Sales Teaming Partner program since 2012. The integrated solution extends McAfee customers’ ability to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of security operations staff, ensure business continuity with secure access and reduce preparation time for compliance audits.
FireMon Security Manager identifies, continually assesses and remediates – in real-time – the impact of change or misconfiguration on the security policy and controls of all popular security and network devices. The Risk Analyzer module imports the vulnerabilities identified by McAfee Vulnerability Manager and assesses them against the unique configurations found in each individual network to identify the assets with vulnerabilities that are actually reachable. FireMon then quantitatively prioritizes the vulnerabilities for remediation according to which present the greatest overall risk to the organization.
FireMon continues its investment in the McAfee SIA partnership with the ongoing development of extensive support for the McAfee Next Generation Firewall, powered by Stonesoft. Upcoming support includes compliance and configuration auditing, automatic configuration retrieval, normalization and storage, and configuration analysis and visualization via FireMon Insight, and will be available in Q4 2013.
“McAfee’s efforts with SIA partners around building a robust ecosystem for comprehensive protection is a model for the industry,” said Jody Brazil, president and CTO of FireMon. “FireMon is a vanguard in making sure that the controls, policies and implementation of that ecosystem don’t conflict or create vulnerability. And just as new innovations like next-generation firewalls advance the state-of-the-art, FireMon’s innovations ensure the ecosystem is future proof.”
“A key goal behind the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance program is to accelerate the development of interoperable security products and simplify the integration of those products in complex customer environments,” said Ed Barry, vice president of the Security Innovation Alliance at McAfee. “We’re thrilled to see FireMon leverage McAfee’s investment in its security risk management platform and extend this value to customers.”
The McAfee Vulnerability Manager, with its Asset Manager feature, delivers unrivaled scalability and performance, actively or passively canvassing everything on the network. Now customers have the ability to uncover devices hidden on the network as well as smartphones, tablets and laptops that come and go between scheduled scans. What hasn’t been seen or scanned may be a surprise to some customers – and could jeopardize compliance. Thousands of organizations rely on the McAfee Vulnerability Manager to quickly find and prioritize vulnerabilities, with deployments ranging from a few hundred nodes to one continuously scanning more than four million IP addresses.
For more information on McAfee SIA please visit: http://www.mcafee.com/sia.
FireMon provides enterprises and government with security management software that gives them deeper visibility and tighter control over their network security infrastructure. The FireMon solution set – Security Manager, Policy Planner and Risk Analyzer – enables customers to identify network risk, proactively eliminate those vulnerabilities and strengthen security throughout the organization, and reduce the cost of security operations and compliance. Together, they create a highly-effective and consistent solution for efficiently managing security operations. For more information, visit http://www.firemon.com.
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.