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My years of experience managing security programs, across a broad spectrum of industries, has given me a greater understanding of how technology and people both play a critical role in influencing the overall security posture of any organization.
In our series on risk here at the Firemon blog, we have clearly stated that network security is all about risk. So if risk truly is the yardstick we should use to measure the state of our organizations security, why are so many of us not measuring risk correctly? There are many factors that contribute to this issue, but ultimately there tends to be one overriding issue that affects organizations perspective around security and risk.
Too many organizations view security and risk reduction as a project rather than an ongoing process. There are a number of security arenas where this myopic perspective of security as a project is displayed. Compliance initiatives around PCI DSS, HIPPA, GLBA, etc. tend to get slotted as a project to complete, and after said completion, security has been achieved. While compliance initiatives are an important and depending on the industry, required part of an organizations security efforts, they are not a project to complete that results in a state of security and therefore reduced risk. Time and time again, we have seen too many organizations assume that their PCI DSS compliance equals a secure network, only to be shocked when they are subsequently attacked.
Similarly, implementing a vulnerability analysis and remediation project has become most organizations default way to identify and reduce risk within their networks. Typically an organization will run an enterprise vulnerability scanner at set times, compile a list of the vulnerabilities identified, possibly prioritize actions based on asset value, and then schedule patch work for the next 2-3 months to fix the 100's or 1000's of vulnerabilities listed by the scanner. As we saw with compliance initiatives, too many organizations treat vulnerability scanning as simply another project to tick off the list, and once complete, assume they are secure. The vulnerability scanner also has no knowledge of the network security controls that are in place, and therefore is unable to truly identify exactly what is the most severe risk to the network security based off what is truly reachable or exploitable as we have previously highlighted on our blog. Vulnerability Scanners are a vital tool within any organizations remediation strategy, and one that hopefully most organizations are utilizing. They are not the end-all solution answer to risk by themselves though.
In both security arenas we discussed above, there is no real time, ongoing, effective measurement of the organizations true exposure to risk. Project based approaches do not allow an organization to truly see how the efforts of the organization to reduce risk ultimately affect the overall risk posture. In both cases, they are gaining a false sense of security simply by completing projects related to security. To truly manage and reduce risk, organizations need to make the management of risk a daily part of their operational security. In order to operationalize risk, practitioners need to leverage a tool that fully measures all of the elements that affect the risk to the network, prioritize the actions that need to be taken, highlight the impact those actions will have on the security posture, and allow the organization to see how their risk posture has changed over time or as new changes have been required within their network connectivity. The key element to said tool must be a truly effective measurement of risk to enable risk management to become a daily operational function of security. In our next post, we will discuss what elements are required to fully and accurately measure risk to a network.
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.
En la actualidad, uno de los retos principales es preparar las redes de seguridad, no sólo para enfrentar las amenazas, sino también para enfrentar los cumplimientos. El día 26 de enero se publicó en el Diario Oficial la LEY GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS PERSONALES EN POSESIÓN DE SUJETOS OBLIGADOS.
¿Está tu red preparada?
¿Cuentas con los procesos necesarios para el cumplimiento?
En esta era digital los datos personales de nuestros clientes y proveedores pasan por una red y se almacenan en una base de datos. Éstos, por ley, deben protegerse por medio de sistemas y procesos. Uno de los objetivos de esta ley es establecer las condiciones de tratamiento de datos personales y fomentar la cultura de protección.
La Ley de protección de datos es mucho más que un simple aviso de privacidad; esta ley describe derechos y obligaciones que de incumplirse pueden ser penalizados. Asiste a este Webinar para conocer más y prepararte. Te mostraremos:
In the fall of 2016, we sought the answer to a very simple question: What benefits do users who have a firewall management tool deployed with their firewalls see over nonusers? To find out, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey 188 IT security decision makers.
In their study, “Automate Zero Trust Policy & Enforcement,” Forrester Consulting found that organizations with firewall auditing and configuration tools realize more benefits that those without, including:
In this webinar, guest Speaker Josh Zelonis, Senior Analyst with Forrester, will review and discuss the results of the study with FireMon CTO Paul Calatayud who will bring his own experiences and best practices for deploying firewall management tools to improve productivity and reduce risk.
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.