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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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Feb 09, 2016Security Analytics Taxonomy

There’s a lot of buzz about, and interest in, security analytics. Security teams and vendors are exploring anything and everything that will accelerate threat detection and remediation, and ‘analytics’ intuitively feels like something organizations should be doing more. With the average breach taking 200+ days to detect, it sure seems like there’s room for improvement.

The challenge is nearly every security vendor has integrated ‘analytics’ into their message, so now we’re right back where we started - how do we determine what’s what? There’s even some disagreement among industry analysts, some say analytics is the next big thing in security while others say it’s been part of our solutions for years and therefore is nothing new.

Due to increasing interest from so many of our customers, FireMon commissioned Forrester to survey security organizations about their challenges, current data analysis tools and plans for security analytics. John Kindervag, a principal analyst with Forrester, and I discussed the findings in depth in this webinar, but the essence of the report is: 1) growing complexity has created new challenges in detecting and responding to threats; 2) existing data analysis solutions (i.e. SIEM) have major shortcomings; and 3) there’s growing interest in security analytics to reduce risk by accelerating detection and response.

In response, the security and IT management industries have integrated analytics into messaging and materials. Even if it’s nothing more than relabeling their existing report section to better match a prospective customer’s keyword search.

Reviewing a definition for analytics shows how the subject can be so broadly defined and interpreted. Data Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in IT data to improve IT and business processes. The patterns can identify changes, differences and inconsistencies that indicate an existing incident, elevated security risk or operational inefficiencies.

Such a broad and general definition forces security teams to devote significant time and effort to explore analytics products and technologies. Without a structured taxonomy to communicate their needs and evaluate solutions, we hear questions like “do you offer a dashboard?” Dashboards are built for a predefined list of questions that aren’t available for the new and unusual. Here is an analytics taxonomy that segments solutions into two specific and actionable categories to ensure organizations can prioritize the security analytics solutions they’re investigating.

Analytics for the Known – Analytics for the known include key performance indicators (KPIs) for infrastructure and services like Internet bandwidth, trouble ticket volume and application performance graphed over time. This information is commonly consumed through a dashboard, something we’ve had for years. And while there continue to be advancements, the business impact is largely incremental.

Analytics for the Unknown – The biggest net new opportunity for analytics to impact the security and operational efficiency of the business is discovering the unknown – the issues that aren’t displayed in a dashboard. We’ve heard phrases like “I need answers, but I don’t know the questions to ask.” While this might seem like hyperbole, it’s a real challenge. All the questions thousands of incredibly smart security professionals) have imagined over the years are embodied in today’s security systems (i.e. firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion detection, malware detection, etc.) and yet the adversary still finds a way in… We need answers, especially when the questions aren’t obvious.

The people that are able to find the answers without knowing the questions are in limited supply. They need tools to navigate large volumes of data, highlight relationships, groups, outliers and changes with previous observations as context. Any progress in identifying characteristics, anomalies and changes that enables businesses to find answers to the elusive security and operational incidents is potentially transformational for security teams. It needs to be fast and easy enough for our security subject matter experts (SMEs) to use without becoming data scientists.

In future posts, we’ll explore the challenges in requiring our SMEs to become data scientists to perform data discovery and exploration. We’ll also discuss the benefits of correlating security policy/configuration information with network, system and application data.

Jeff, as VP of Product Management for Immediate Insight, is continuing his pursuit of making data analysis more accessible. Jeff cofounded the Immediate Insight data analysis platform, which ws acquired by FireMon in 2015. He leverages 25 years of successes and failures in creating and developing markets, driving product strategy, and leading teams in both startup and public networking and security companies to create a new breed of data analysis required to discover the unknown in today’s mobile, virtual, and cloud-enabled environments.



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.
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.
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.
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?

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.

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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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
Quantifying the value of Intelligent Security Management
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Automate Zero Trust Policy And Enforcement
The Return on Security analysis for FireMon’s Security Manager