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Blog

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 19, 2017

Security Intelligence Must Mature - Part 2

In Part 1, we explored how incident response (IR) is still in a primitive state. IR is primitive because it has not fully adopted knowledge-driven measures. Security professionals manually sift through disparate data sources, make decision slowly, and those decisions are limited. In this section, we’ll discuss the steps organizations can take to step into a new paradigm, a paradigm guided by intelligence and knowledge.

First, let us consider how incident response is presently conducted. Initially, events get coughed out of our systems, these alerts carry various pieces of information, and based on those variables, responders determine whether action should be taken. This seems pretty straightforward.

However, it is important to note that this process of decision making is a highly manual process. When we look closely at the process, we’ll find countless links in the decision chain that require an analyst and data scientist to “stitch” together each data element. I spoke about this in our 2017 Outlook.

But if organizations are to become knowledge-driven, it requires automating that stitching work and appropriating the decision aspects to humans. There are three essential qualities involved to automate stitching:

1) Natural Language Extraction

In the consumer world, we have Google. Since manually searching the web with accurate precision from page to page is a near impossible task, Google takes the work of mining the Internet and gives consumers a useful way to find anything. Google crawls billions of pages, indexing each page’s content, and intelligently presents those to the user. All I have to do is type in a few phrases and it brings back all the relevant content from the web. Secondly, further interaction with the results (along with millions of others) sees Google’s search function get tighter and tighter.

Security must take the same approach with Natural Language Extraction (NLE). Any solution that will automate the stitching process, must have an NLE function.

By deconstructing messages and finding the direct and implied content, data stitching becomes an automatic process. Crawling through datasets and identifying actions (e.g. allow, deny, block, fail), subjects (e.g. address, username), metadata (data about data), and nuanced expressions (e.g. direct objects, prepositions, and adjectives) all give rise to a coherent picture buried in mountains of security data. If the Internet can be tamed, security data can as well.

2) Associations and Clusters – Triage

Exhaustive search is not feasible, so we need to put infinite sets into “chunks.” Chunking creates associations and clusters – a triage. Triage can happen when Natural Language Extraction (NLE) reduces variables to discrete clusters based on associative relationships. This is analogous to healthcare triage. Imagine 500 patients dropped off at the emergency room at once, each with various presenting illnesses and symptoms. Based on the combination of discrete variables, medical staff can carve up the group into associations with each group receiving specific treatments.

However, this discrete and combinatorial process is taxing on human reasoning faculties. For a computer, it is inherent.

Continuous and routine processing of metadata is serial, systematic, deliberate, and often mundane. Humans get tired, lazy, and apathetic – computers do not. This combinatorial optimization is algorithmic in nature, and we humans cannot compare with computers for speed and accuracy.

By coalescing relationships based on any number of variables, incident responders can find the needle in a stack of needles. With associations, you can search for categories and their endless combinations with other categories (e.g. applications, geolocations, users, addresses, unknown entities).

3) Collaboration

The final element to automating the stitching process is collaboration. An integrated “social” framework enables operators to tag interesting data, inject context, and work together directly with machine and human generated data. This social framework produces continuously enriched data that becomes another variable for associative clustering. My interaction with an interesting event adds to your knowledge and your tagging a separate piece informs my investigations in turn. This ongoing recursive function gives more attribution to the data we’re each mining; delivering greater intelligence and crucially, providing context.

Collaboration can become a new factor for situational awareness – my work within the data becomes part of the data itself. Social media platforms have leveraged this, and now it’s possible for security. Facebook takes my activity, my interactions and connections, then has an uncanny ability to show me content that is likely to interest me. Using automated collaboration can do the same with security intelligence.

Incident response, as a discipline, is primitive because all the work that leads to a decision to take action (or not), investigate (or not) is done manually. Information is pulled, sliced, and pieced together by hand. Immediate Insight from FireMon eliminates that waste, taking data from separate sources and composing a coherent picture; giving responders the necessary information to make the right decision and avoid false positives.

Knowledge is often hidden in the data we collect. That data is unstructured, loose and disconnected. In order for incident response to mature, we need to automate the stitching process to help guide us away from making reactive and uninformed decisions to a knowledge- oriented future.

The fastest, easiest way to incident response maturity is Immediate Insight from FireMon. We invite you to see for yourself. Contact us to learn more >>

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