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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.
Global benchmarking study gives visibility into the security infrastructures of more than 400 organizations to find current and future trends for firewalls and emerging networking technologies
OVERLAND PARK, KS & DALLAS, TX – 4 May 2017 – FireMon, the leader in Intelligent Security Management, today released its 3rd Annual State of the Firewall Report that surveyed more than 400 organizations about their current security infrastructure and management challenges as well as adoption and impact of emerging technologies such as SDN, cloud, microsegmentation and Internet of Things (IoT). The study found that firewalls maintain a significant part of the security infrastructure, with 90% believing the firewall will remain critical in the next five years; however, the growing complexity of environments presents a real management challenge.
Other Key Findings:
“Nowadays, corporate network infrastructures not only consist of multiple vendor firewalls, they’re also leveraging cloud, Software Defined Networking (SDN), microsegmentation and IoT to keep up with an increasingly on-demand world. This compounds the complexity organizations already face,” said Jody Brazil, Co-Founder and Chief Product Strategist at FireMon. “If the way we’re looking at networking is changing, the way we look at managing security must change as well. Otherwise, security risks being left behind.”
Moreover, the report showed that only 7% of the large enterprises (15,000+ employees) respondents fully automate their firewall change process, with 60% admitting to manually tracking changes in Word documents, emails or spreadsheets.
“Automation of change processes can be a lifesaver in particular for larger organizations that have many devices, often from different vendors, under management and limited resources to make the changes,” continued Brazil. “The complexity of security environments is growing at such a rate that organizations need to get on top of management and automate processes where possible sooner rather than later, before it becomes unmanageable.”
The report shows that regardless of the networking environment, firewalls support it all. For a majority of organizations, a least a quarter of their security budgets are dedicated to them, showing that the firewall is a key component of their security solution.
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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.