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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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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 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT 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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Mar 30, 2017 Data Orchestration for Incident Response
The biggest challenge security teams face when it comes to the alert triage process is preparing the data for analysis. Analysts can spend 80% of their time or more just to assemble the data to answer the question of whether an alert is a false positive or real incident.

Immediate orchestrates the data assembly process, freeing up critical time and resources to actually respond to identified events.

Join us for this webinar to learn how you can streamline the incident response process by orchestrating data assembly from a variety of disparate, external sources, including:
- FireMon Security Manager
- Palo Alto Networks AutoFocus
- VirusTotal
- Packet Capture
- Threat Intelligence Feeds
- And more!
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Jun 10, 2014
New FireMon Policy Optimizer Closes Costly “Access Gap” for Enterprises, Federal Agencies and MSSPs

Allows Organizations to Easily Evolve Policies to Address Rapidly Changing Conditions

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 10, 2014

FireMon, the leading provider of proactive security intelligence solutions, today announced its new Policy Optimizer module to help organizations rapidly improve network security device rules and policies in response to changing threats, emerging management challenges and evolving compliance requirements.

The Policy Optimizer module, used in concert with FireMon Security Manager, bridges a critical gap existing between today’s network security teams and other involved officials – including enterprise security management, line-of-business, audit/compliance and IT risk management – enabling organizations to strengthen their overall security posture by quickly and effectively adapting network security device policies.

Leveraging Policy Optimizer, FireMon customers gain a centralized workflow approach for improving and reducing the complexity of device rules and policies by isolating and modifying any potentially problematic network access. By allowing network security teams to identify any problematic rules or policies, then partner directly with internal stakeholders to alter or eliminate risky access, significant benefits are appreciated, enterprise-wide.

Using traditional methods, initial business requirements for long-standing network access policies and associated rules are often infrequently reviewed and left in place for years, creating latent security gaps, vulnerability exposure and unseen risks. In addition to improving protection to prevent potential network compromise, many of today’s enterprise organizations must maintain continuous compliance with industry standards including PCI DSS, requiring frequent and detailed recertification of all access management policies.

“Effective network perimeter and zoning architectures are often dependent on a complex set of access control rules enforced by a heterogeneous mix of network and network security devices,” reports analyst firm Gartner in “How to Assess Risk and Monitor Compliance of Network Security Policies” by Phil Schacter on June 26, 2013. “Tools that enable network security controls to be managed to reduce overall risk, improve compliance and operate more efficiently should be considered as an essential capability for both network security operations and security and risk management groups.”

In a recent report conducted by the Ponemon Institute, and commissioned by FireMon, 60 percent of organizations surveyed indicated that they perform infrequent manual auditing of such access policies, or none at all. Policy Optimizer specifically addresses the issue of out-of-date or overly permissive rules. Using the module, network security teams identify problematic rules and validate their necessity with any relevant officials, including those teams that first requested the access in question – greatly reducing overall policy complexity while ensuring that necessary defenses remain in place.

The FireMon Security Intelligence Platform provides comprehensive security intelligence to improve enforcement of network security infrastructure and drive strategic decisions based on current requirements. Policy Optimizer adds the ability to rapidly gather data and validate rule requests, as well as eliminate unneeded rules and make implemented rules more targeted, productive and effective – maintaining the highest levels of security control.

Building on top of FireMon’s existing, standards-based policy workflow engine, Policy Optimizer offers:

Integrated business workflow that optimizes rules for access requirements, and aligns rules with security policies and controls with the ability to deploy multiple Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) 2.0-compliant workflows.

  • Automated rule recertification that monitors and maintains ongoing and/or audit event-driven justification reviews, as well as impact assessments for rule adjustment or retirement.
  • Proactive guidance and enforceable accountability with the ability to automatically – via direct integration with the FireMon Policy Planner module – create change tickets for removable rules and invoke application-level recommendations, adding lists of relevant applications, and configuring workflow based on application and owner-based rule properties (i.e. destination, service).
  • New workflow process and UI providing a business-driven rule/device management interface to better engage business stakeholders, improve performance and document processes for bestpractices development.

“Disconnect between network security operations, IT management and audit/compliance professionals remains a huge gap in overall enterprise IT risk management,” said Jody Brazil, president and CTO of FireMon. “Policy Optimizer is the first solution that actively addresses and automates what is today a very manual and fragmented process that ultimately leads to a large number of today’s most severe data breaches. This highly strategic solutions module was developed with direct input from our largest and most sophisticated customers, and delivers pragmatic benefits and total ROI within mere months.”

FireMon Policy Optimizer module is immediately available.

About FireMon

FireMon is the industry leader in proactive security intelligence solutions that deliver continuous control of infrastructure, policy and IT risk for federal agencies. The FireMon Security Intelligence Platform is a massively scalable, high-performance foundation for network risk analytics, change workflow automation, firewall rule base clean-up, compliance audit assessment and security operations for cost reduction. For more information, visit http://www.firemon.com.

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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