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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.
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS & DALLAS, TEXAS – April 18, 2017 – FireMon, the leader in Intelligent Security Management, today announced results from a survey conducted at the RSA Conference that assessed the views of 350 IT security professionals on the importance of firewalls in the battle to prevent data breaches. The poll found that 72% of respondents agreed that no matter how much money is spent on IT security, it is wasted if the firewalls are not configured properly. A further 52% had experienced a firewall configuration change that opened a potential security breach that caused business downtime.
“We often hear that ‘the firewall is dead’ and an array of security ‘solutions’ have cropped up in this wake, but it is clear from this study that is most definitely not the case,” said Michael Callahan, CMO, FireMon. ”In fact, no matter what security solutions an organization has in place, it means nothing if the firewalls aren’t managed correctly. The problem is compounded when you think about how many organizations have tens or even hundreds of firewalls as part of their security defences – all of which need to be configured. This creates a gap between the security environment complexity and the resources to manage it where mistakes are likely to occur and risk increases.”
FireMon believes the key to closing this gap is more effective management of security solutions, in a world where the consequences of having an insecure security system can be catastrophic, leaving enterprises vulnerable to an array of cyber threats, such as hackers, data breaches and Trojans, among others. In addition, business downtime or interruption costs can significantly impact trade and income, but the greatest cost can sometimes be reputational. Customers don’t want to be associated with a brand that puts their data at risk, which is why it is so important for security systems to be fully functioning and free from exploits.
“Incorporating robust, intelligent security management can greatly reduce all the complexity that surrounds the IT security infrastructure,” continued Callahan. “It can help identify specific weak points within the firewall and avert any potential breach within a system.”
“Importantly, for the majority of organizations that said they had experienced downtime due to a faulty firewall rule change, FireMon’s state of the art technology allows security managers to “preview” any changes made to the firewall, making it easier to preserve security. Enterprise defenses are only as good as the security systems behind them, and so integrating firewall tools should be an important part of any large enterprise’s security arsenal,” he concluded.
FireMon is the No.1 provider of Intelligent Security Management solutions worldwide, combining advanced benchmarking, simulation, and analysis to deliver next generation security intelligence. Since creating the first-ever network security management solution 15 years ago, FireMon solutions have continued to deliver visibility into and control over complex network security infrastructure, policies, and risk to over 1,500 customers around the world.
Using the FireMon Intelligent Security Management platform, today’s leading enterprise organizations, government agencies, and managed security providers have dramatically improved effectiveness of network defenses, accelerating business agility optimizing return on investment. For more information or a free 30-day trial, visit www.firemon.com.
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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.