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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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Nov 22, 2016Shrinking the Shadow IT Problem

From my experience, when it comes to shadow IT, there are many facets at play both in building cloud strategies, as well as regaining control after coming into organizations where shadow IT had been prevalent.

When looking at common examples of shadow IT and who the usual suspects using it are, the marketing department has a tendency to be at the top of the list. Examples range from the hosting of the corporate website to online marketing tools or survey and other technology platforms for supporting the business. Business Intelligence is another good example of where a lot of CMO dollars are spent bypassing the CIO and heading straight into SaaS and another shadow IT technologies.

There can be many drivers, but a common one is speed to market. Often CIOs are focusing on core product and platforms that support revenue and other critical business functions. But as CMOs transform operations towards digital marketing strategies the demand for technology outside the organization increases. In a fast-paced market, when these needs cannot be met because they are in conflict with other business priorities, a natural reaction is to look past the internal IT department and find their own solutions. On the flip side, this could be a planned outcome under the same situation. Due to the focus and priority, it may not make sense for the internal IT department to focus on these technologies, and it may be more deemed more appropriate to outsource to avoid distractions.

Now enter the CISO. As fun and exciting as shadow IT can be for the CMO or heads of sales leadership, there are times when the CISO may come in, albeit after the fact, and have a different viewpoint. For example, the marketing department may want to take sensitive customer data and work within a shadow IT manner on data that may be risky. Privacy laws and how the third party IT service provider is trusted all become factors. As a prior CISO, I would often tell my business upon learning they were using shadow IT for critical data that they may be able to outsource the IT side, but the risk remains.

A good illustration of a breakdown can be seen in situations where shadow IT led to a third party that had a breach. In the media, the breach is rarely headlined with the third party. It’s the familiar named Fortune 500 company that you will see in the headlines. In running third party risk management programs, another breakdown I would see was an evolution of the initial agreement in comparison to the current relationship. Contracts make for good baseline establishment of operating guidelines to help mitigate risks with third party shadow IT partnerships. Over time, though, relationships shift. New business opportunities evolve and if they are good, they win new opportunities. I have experienced situations where contracts reflected security terms and conditions as well as other business terms that had little to do with how the business was interacting. The scope of the IT services changed drastically.

What can be done? CISOs need to partner with CIOs as equally as they do CFOs. The words “follow the money” apply when it comes to understanding and discovery of how big the Shadow IT problem may be in an organization. From there, ensure that you work with the legal department and know that anything that smells like IT related services should pass the CISO desk. This ensures new and existing relationships have the right level of security protections and requirements to balance with the internal security postures of your organization. Often, the third party organization is cheaper than internal IT because they may not have to follow all the same policies that increase costs.

Just ensure those are not the security policies!

Paul Calatayud is the Chief Technology Officer for FireMon. He leverages 15 years of experience leading security teams along with his real-world insights on the FireMon platform to help deliver strategic solutions to enterprise customers.

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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.
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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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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.
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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?

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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.

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Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
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Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
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Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
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Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
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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

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