see more

Resources

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! 

Untitled-64

Blog



Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 15, 2017
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…
The Do's and Don'ts of Firewall Audit Tools
Nov 06, 2017
Opinions are like noses, so the saying goes. Everyone has one. Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) is an area where the voices are loud, but…
Why FireMon Continues to Dominate Network Security Policy Management (NSPM)
Nov 03, 2017
When looking at Network Security Policy Management (NSPM), it is important to observe the capabilities of prospective vendors. These capabilities become the automated core competencies…
Organizations play blame game over cloud data protection responsibility
Oct 30, 2017
A survey by Veritas Technologies last week revealed a startling stat about who organizations believe should be responsible or held accountable for data protection in…




Events

Webinars

Nov 09, 2017 6 Steps for Firewall Assessment for Compliance and Security
Don’t let the pendulum swings fool you; firewalls are not dead, and the perimeter still matters. But in addition to the perimeter we recognize the need for more internal segmentation to limit lateral movement and protect segregated zones like the red forest. So, we need and probably should have more firewalls than ever.
View
Oct 31, 2017 Think GDPR Doesn't Impact You? Think Again...
Companies across the globe are scrambling to meet the new compliance directives that are imposed by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in 2018. If you’re thinking, “I’m not in the EU, so it doesn’t matter”, think again.
View
Sep 26, 2017 GDPR: Security Management Best Practices You Need to Know
In this webinar, FireMon’s resident GDPR expert, Tim Woods, will help lay the groundwork for a plan to comply by the 2018 deadline. We’ll also cover the vital role security management plays in protecting data from the start, including these specific capabilities you need to comply with Articles 25, 32, 35 and 58.
View
Sep 21, 2017 Quantify the Network Attack Surface to Improve Incident Response and Threat Detection

Many threat investigations begin with responders working to understand possible threat vectors on the network that could explain malicious activity. One powerful way to improve the efficiency of our responders is to help them understand the network attack surface as configured attack paths that represent potential exploit paths.

On Sept 21st we’ll share how FireMon’s Risk Analyzer and Immediate Insight products bring together threat investigation and attack path analysis to accelerate incident response and threat detection.
View

News

Sep 05, 2017
SAO v. SIEM Security Suites: And the winner is...
TechBeacon
Aug 30, 2017
Jimmy Nukebot Explodes on the Scene, Transforming NeutrinoPOS
Info Security
Aug 17, 2017
The Top Security Challenges for 2017
SC Magazine
Aug 14, 2017
Creditseva, KS Enterprises Breaches Highlight Need for Improved Cloud Security
eSecurity Planet
Jul 31, 2017
What is IT governance? A formal way to align IT & business strategy
CIO.com
Jul 28, 2017
How organizations can work toward GDPR compliance
Information Management
Jul 09, 2017
4 Signs Check Point Software's Best Days Are Ahead
Motley Fool
Jun 07, 2017
Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
Jun 06, 2017
Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
SC Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
SearchSecurity
Jun 01, 2017
250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
Info Security
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
How to manage the Complexity Gap
IT Pro Portal
May 26, 2017
Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
SC Magazine UK
May 25, 2017
83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
Betanews
May 24, 2017
Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading
May 23, 2017
WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
Information Security Buzz
May 23, 2017
WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
Computer Weekly
May 18, 2017
Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
Information Security Buzz
May 16, 2017
Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
SC Magazine
May 15, 2017
10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
Information Age
May 12, 2017
Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
Computing Security
May 12, 2017
Sabre Breach
Information Security Buzz
May 12, 2017
FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
IT Security Guru
May 12, 2017
FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
Dark Reading
May 12, 2017
WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
Wired
  See all news from 2017



Feb 20, 2013

FireMon Expands Situational Awareness with Security Manager 7.0

New Continuous Assessment, Best Practice Models and Industry-First BPMN 2.0 Support Improve Ability to Visualize and Manage Changes in Security Posture OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Feb. 20, 2013 FireMon, the leading provider of security management and risk analysis solutions, today announced important new capabilities in Security Manager Version 7.0 that greatly improve organizational ability to identify, understand and manage changes in security posture – in real-time. The new capabilities apply best practice models from FireMon’s deep knowledge base in security infrastructure management, with increased automation, customization and analytical capabilities. As a result, customers can more rapidly and effectively identify, assess and prioritize configuration and compliance issues – and understand and address higher-level business risk. Organizations live in a constant state of change – from infrastructure evolution and device sprawl, to business and personnel upheaval. While point-in-time security and vulnerability assessments can provide a current snapshot of exposure, one employee addition/departure, a new VM or a change to a firewall rule can immediately render an assessment moot. To address this need for greater agility in security posture and risk assessment, the three main enhancements to Security Manager 7.0 include:
  • Continuous Assessment – Offers active and continuous assessment of compliance and security posture to analyze and trend the effects of – and, if necessary, alert on – administrative and environmental changes in the enterprise.
  • Best Practice Modeling – Moves from primarily device-centric to control-centric monitoring via prepackaged assessments from the FireMon knowledge base, or custom assessment definition. Provides a higher-level view of data for quicker, more comprehensive assessments and a better understanding of the implications of change over time.
  • Business Process Standardization – The first security and policy management platform to support the latest version of the Object Management Group's (OMG) Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) standard. Building on the BPMN 2.0 standard enables easy integration to existing business processes and solutions of FireMon’s powerful firewall tools such as rule recommendation and analysis.
Security and operational teams are stuck between a rock and a hard place, said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. On one side they face attackers that are highly skilled and automated, while the other side features a dynamic business environment where requirements for change are immediate and intolerant of extensive delays to accommodate security processes. Add in increasing external oversight and regulation, and the need for constant and granular monitoring of security state is imperative for security protection and risk management. Security Manager 7.0 represents the latest innovative step from FireMon over the past year to fuse risk and posture management and to increase the intelligence and awareness provided to customers. The company was the first in the market last year to fully integrate real-time risk analysis with configuration, policy and change management, and then expanded that with a greater ability to analyze and visualize the behavior of network traffic. The introduction of continuous assessment into Security Manager greatly enhances organizational ability to quickly and efficiently manage changes, assess configurations and measure associated risks in real-time. While the old adage of 'learn from your mistakes' holds true in every job, the implications of even minor mistakes in security can have far reaching consequences – and moreso the longer they go undetected, said Jody Brazil, president and CTO of FireMon. And dangerous mistakes aren't limited to misconfiguration. Small, even valid, changes can have unexpected and unpredictable cascading effects farther along a network path. Additionally, overt focus on previous device and configuration errors can create tunnel vision that prevents oversight of other devices. Our goal with 7.0 was to provide a continuous and real-time posture 'reality check' that prevents errors in oversight by continuously assessing the infrastructure based on best practices.

Improving Organizational Posture

Security Manager 7.0 is about taking the power, intelligence and insight of the platform, and making it more immediate and actionable for both security and operations staff. By adding best practice-driven, continuous assessment, customers have a prioritized, single pane view of up-to-the-minute security posture that calls out issues to be addressed and their relative criticality. Additionally, with historical trending, operational ability to more effectively visualize, benchmark and manage change is greatly improved. Leveraging FireMon's experience and expertise, the best practice knowledge base comprises a library of hundreds of assessment controls to evaluate device configurations and network access policies. Security Manager 7.0 comes with a set of predefined assessments evaluating devices and networks against best practice and standard compliance regulations, as well as the ability for customer-defined assessments. FireMon has further enhanced security and operations coordination with Policy Planner Version 3.0. It is the first product in the policy and risk management market to support the BPMN 2.0 standard, which has been adopted by industry leaders including Accenture, Capgemini, France Telecom, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat Software, SAP AG and Unisys. Enabling security management to be more easily integrated into business critical processes is vital for large organizations doing battle daily with deliberate and unintentional cyber attacks on their assets and information.

About FireMon

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. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or on our blog.

Resource Library

Audit Compliance

Datasheets

Policy Change

Solution Briefs

Policy Change

White Papers

Visibility Monitoring Management

Analyst Reports

Policy Change

Case Studies

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
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
Palo Alto Solution Brief
FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
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.
Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
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.
Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
Gartner
Overcoming the Complexity Gap
Bloor
When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
Gartner
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
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
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.