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Jun 16, 2017 Ignite 2017: FireMon to Be a Committed Developer for Palo Alto Networks Application Framework

We had a great show in Vancouver this week for the annual Palo Alto Networks Ignite conference. We always value the time spent in the field where we can hear directly from our customers and others in the industry about the challenges they face in optimizing security for today’s threats and business processes. It’s essential to progressing our solutions.

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Jun 12, 2017 FireMon + Palo Alto Networks: Six New Features that Can Help You Extend Your Next-Generation Security Capabilities
FireMon has committed to delivering advanced analysis and automation tools designed to help users streamline security operations and reduce risk with new features specifically for the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform. The integrations span FireMon’s flagship product Security Manager as well as security analytics platform Immediate Insight.
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Jan 11, 2017

Security Intelligence Must Mature: Moving Toward a Knowledge-Driven Method for Incident Response

When you have a conversation with security leaders and take notice of what’s generally high on their list of concerns, incident response tends to be near the top. Though, it’s not necessarily the tactical response of today, but instead the continued emphasis to evolve incident response as a discipline. There are countless articles and thought-leadership pieces circling the Internet, but what’s missing is the acknowledgment that we still make decisions based on limited information. I must make the distinction that it’s not because of a lack of data; rather there are no simple ways to make sense of the mountains of security data that exist as a byproduct of the innate need to “collect data.”

For more than 10 years now, there has been a playbook that most organizations have followed as divinely inspired text. The playbook had three principle directives:

1) gather every piece of data you can

2) store that data in a security-specific database

3) give an analyst a username and password

So, we began to monitor everything, received alerts from all over the network, and tried to piece together a coherent tapestry for action.

Nested within each of the recommendations is the assumption that gathering and storing data would be sufficient. I would ask you to consider that this assumption is flawed. If incident response is to evolve as a discipline, we need to shift to a new paradigm. A paradigm that emphasizes knowledge over data.

To be sure, no one is at fault here; many followed the playbook, and it was the right thing to do. Following the playbook’s directives was certainly better than doing nothing. However, incident responders still remain some of the least equipped members of security organizations. Why is that?

For starters, we believed that investments in SIEM and other technologies (directives 1 and 2) would deliver the right data, quickly. We assumed that the primary need was more data in order for responders to make decisions, so we continued to toss more data into the soup. This is flawed.

There’s a need for knowledge-driven decision making. But in order for that to happen, we must analyze the data we have – not just pile more data into the tank. With that in mind, let’s digress for a moment and talk a bit about data, information, and knowledge.

Data

This seems obvious, we need data to know what’s happening. Although data is a good place to begin, it is insufficient for decisions. Data is a single observation which can contain any number of combinatorial fragments. Data is disconnected, not distilled, and is hopelessly fickle about what it tells us. It is like having a single word drawn from a 26-volume encyclopedia – far from definitive.

Information

Information is a compilation of data. Information gets us closer to the goal, but still leaves much to be desired. Information can be misleading and can accentuate a bias we didn’t even know was there. This natural inclination (the confirmation bias) can keep us from seeing the truth of the matter. This giant pile of data we call “information” does not yield the direction we need to make decisions. It is like having pages pulled from the encyclopedia at random and assuming they each tie together in a coherent frame. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen. It is more like playing Mad-Libs than getting an education.

Knowledge

Finally, we come to knowledge. This elusive pot-of-gold is what we’re striving to get. Knowledge provides purpose and direction. Furthermore, knowledge is strongest when it disconfirms, rather than confirms; knowledge provides a way to rule out false-positives. Now, we have the encyclopedia along with the instructor guiding our understanding.

If organizations wish to develop incident response as a thorough discipline, they must become methodologically knowledge-driven.

The playbook’s third recommendation creates the false assurance that all we need is smart people with access to the ocean of data we’ve assembled. This is where we choke out the opportunity to mature incident response. Ask any incident responder or response team: “Do you have access to data?” Then, “what are you lacking?” The answer: a meaningful way to make sense of all that data.

They have been inundated with alerts, alarms, sirens, and notifications. They do not need any more of them. For knowledge to take the lead, we need intelligent ways to interrogate our data, ask of it questions, stitch together the picture, and take action are required.

In Part 2, I will make recommendations for a new playbook that will center on the methodological ways to create a knowledge-driven incident response discipline, including: triaging alerts, smart indexing, crawling and tagging, removing data that is irrelevant, and how to stop chasing false positives.

If incident response is going to mature, it has to become knowledge-driven.

Josh Mayfield led a webinar on maturing security intelligence. You can catch a replay here: Watch Replay >>

Josh Mayfield leads platform sales for Immediate Insight, FireMon's security analytics solution.

Events

Webinars

Jun 22, 2017 La vida del firewall: administración constante y automatizada del ciclo de vida de las políticas

El nuevo paradigma de la automatización es la “Administración del Ciclo de Vida”

 

Te mostraremos cómo FireMon Intelligent Policy Automation utiliza la tecnología de automatización e inteligencia para reducir el esfuerzo e incrementar la eficacia en cada etapa del proceso de cambios.
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Jun 06, 2017 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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Jun 01, 2017 4 Steps to Prepare for the Next WannaCry
Now that the immediate threat of WannaCry has died down, it is time to take a step-back and analyze the situation to see what we can learn from this attack to better protect ourselves from the next “unknown”.
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May 23, 2017 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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News

Jun 07, 2017
Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
Jun 06, 2017
Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
SC Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
SearchSecurity
Jun 01, 2017
250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
Info Security
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
How to manage the Complexity Gap
IT Pro Portal
May 26, 2017
Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
SC Magazine UK
May 25, 2017
83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
Betanews
May 24, 2017
Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading
May 23, 2017
WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
Information Security Buzz
May 23, 2017
WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
Computer Weekly
May 18, 2017
Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
Information Security Buzz
May 16, 2017
Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
SC Magazine
May 15, 2017
10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
Information Age
May 12, 2017
Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
Computing Security
May 12, 2017
Sabre Breach
Information Security Buzz
May 12, 2017
FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
IT Security Guru
May 12, 2017
FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
Dark Reading
May 12, 2017
WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
Wired
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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.

When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
Gartner
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