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Unless you’re under a rock, you know that the WannaCry Ransomware cyberattack swept worldwide headlines last week.
Organizations scrambled to apply the latest Microsoft security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack. It’s estimated that the ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 victims in 150 countries.
Well, another week at the RSA Conference is in the books. I must say that this was the best conference that I’ve been to in many years. I was thrilled to see the security industry back and stronger than ever. After a few slow years, the conference was packed and there was excitement in the air (our friends Alan Shimel (here) and Mike Rothman (here) agree).
Of course, we saw the mega-trends (cloud, virtualization, big data) in full force. But I was struck by how strong the firewall segment of the industry continued to be. It was good to see our friends at Juniper, Check Point, McAfee and Fortinet be so well represented with big booths and even bigger attendance. Next-generation firewalls continued to have a lot of buzz around them, led by our partners at Palo Alto Networks, and it was exciting to get a closer look at the newest entry into the enterprise firewall market, a datacenter firewall from our long-time friends at F5 Networks.
What I took away from the conversations that I had, including leading a panel discussion on the state of firewalls to a packed house of 600 (more here), was that firewalls continue to have an important place in the network. And I say that for a very practical reason, because I realize the we could secure every host on the network individually. But the explosion of computing power that has led to incredibly dynamic, ever-expanding virtual datacenters has further solidified for me that we need a common place to enforce our access controls -- and the network is the right place to do that. Now, how we enforce controls will change (purpose-built firewalls are quickly becoming a reality), and you should choose the right tool for the job given the particular problem you face. But there is still a great economy of scale to controlling a few ingress/egress points instead of managing a policy on every host.
The other theme that I heard from the folks who stopped by our booth was that they were overwhelmed by the vulnerabilities on their networks. One gentlemen confided in me that he had 85,000 hosts on the network and even more vulnerabilities than that. I showed him our new Risk Analyzer product, and how it could map those vulnerabilities in context of the network security protections he already had in place and measure the true risk of exposure from his threat sources. My message to him and others was simple: stop managing vulnerabilities and start managing risk.
That’s the vision behind our Risk Analyzer product. Risk Analyzer is a proactive, complete network attack simulation and risk measurement solution allowing you to assess the security of your most valuable assets. Ready to change your perspective on network security? Learn more about Risk Analyzer at http://www.firemon.com/riskanalyzer.
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.
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.