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May 19, 2017 A Practical History of the Firewall - Part 1: Early Days
As a practitioner in the relatively early days of the mass adoption of the Internet (mid to late 90s), I saw the rapid adoption and evolution of firewall technology. I had a limited view, and certainly have an imperfect memory, of this history. As such, over the next few posts, I welcome your comments to help me fill in the missing pieces of this story.
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May 02, 2017 Breaking down the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report
Verizon’s infamous Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) came out last week. It’s a testament to the diverse data Verizon now has that this year’s report is separated out by industry. In other words, more industries are seeing attacks and it allows the data to be divided and still hold merit. A few findings stood out to me as worthy of a deeper look...
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Events

Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Jun 06, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT Top 5 Risks of "Dirty" Firewalls
Firewall rules are notoriously complex and voluminous in nature. Even small organizations have multiple firewalls and significant complexity. But large organizations are overwhelmed.
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May 23, 2017 Der Countdown läuft, noch 365 Tage bis zur DSGVO (GDPR): Machen Sie Ihr Netzwerk fit für Compliance
Netzwerksicherheit ist deutlich mehr als Cyberbedrohungen nur zu stoppen. Es geht auch darum für das Unvermeidliche gerüstet zu sein. Nämlich einen Datenschutzvorfall, den die Technik allein nicht hat verhindern können. Die EU Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (kurz DSGVO GDPR) ist, neben anderen mehr, ein solches Compliance-Rahmenwerk mit dem Unternehmen sich auseinandersetzen müssen und das im Mai des kommenden Jahres in Kraft tritt. Dann sind Unternehmen beispielsweise verpflichtet innerhalb von 72 Stunden nach einem Datenschutzvorfall darüber zu informieren.
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May 04, 2017 Threat Hunting: Beyond Alerts & IOCs
Organizations are taking a more active role in detecting and responding to advanced attacks – Threat Hunting. In this webinar, you’ll discover the steps you can take to launch your threat hunting capabilities.
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Apr 27, 2017 The Life of a Firewall: Seamless, Automated Rule Lifecycle Management

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?

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Apr 19, 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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News




Oct 29, 2012
FireMon Outlines Vision for OpenFlow Security Management
Aligning Industry-Leading Security Manager Portfolio and Roadmap to Empower SDN Controllers with Embedded, Real-Time Risk Analysis and Access Management Overland Park, KS — Oct. 29, 2012 FireMon, the leading provider of security management and risk analysis solutions, today announced its vision and framework for embedding security directly into software-defined networking (SDN) controllers and, as part of their SDN strategy, have joined SDNCentral, the independent community for network virtualization and software-defined networking. With more than a decade of providing industry-leading security management and deep security risk analysis, FireMon is outlining its roadmap for embedding intelligent, real-time access analysis and management into OpenFlow architectures. While innovations in SDN promise improvements in networking speed, reliability, and efficiency by liberating traffic routing intelligence from proprietary hardware, security decisions and access control remain under the purview of specialized, in-line equipment. Keeping security management outside the SDN controller misses a critical opportunity and neglects one of the driving principles around OpenFlow innovation: to rethink not only how traffic is passed through the network, but also to control if it should be passed through the network. “The biggest challenge in network security today is matching the pace at which new threats are launched, morphed, and adapted. Existing network security controls are often an ineffective countermeasure, largely because manual configuration is time-consuming, and the management information necessary to correctly react is locked in disconnected systems,” said Jody Brazil, President and CTO of FireMon. “While SDN presents a great opportunity for rethinking connectivity it is also an opportunity to rethink network security, and we are excited at the possibilities presented by integrating effective security and risk management into SDN controllers. By integrating security decisions into the controller, security becomes a central part of the connectivity decision process. Managing this security decision is central to the process and something we are uniquely positioned to solve.” FireMon’s vision is to facilitate the natural and necessary evolution of network security by integrating high-performance risk and security intelligence with OpenFlow controllers to augment the access control infrastructure already in place while increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness. The company’s pioneering innovations in real-time, highly scalable risk analysis and policy management make it uniquely qualified to achieve these goals. FireMon’s proven enterprise platform provides a perfect framework for making intelligent, informed decisions to enact security countermeasures in real-time. The elements of the FireMon framework for supporting SDN include: 1. Enterprise-wide monitoring: A model of the complete, current network security infrastructure forms the basis for providing immediate results regarding the impact of a new access path. 2. Real-time, risk-based decision engine: Granting access through the network will be a risk-based decision. The decision engine will grant or reject access based on the current threats and potential impact of the new access. 3. Open APIs: Open APIs are central to the concepts behind SDN and are critical for systems joining the SDN ecosystem. “SDN presents a tremendous opportunity to integrate security into the network instead of simply being an add-on to the network,” said Matthew Palmer, Managing Director of SDNCentral. “FireMon’s history of innovation and excellence in security management and risk analysis make them a great fit for our community of visionary leaders in the SDN market. We are excited about the possibilities their framework presents for the future of security management in SDN.” FireMon plans to release SDN and OpenFlow functionality in its next major release.

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.

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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
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
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
The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager
IANS