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Awareness, Analytics and Automation Drive Another New Milestone in FireMon an…
Oct 05, 2018
As simple as it sounds, you can’t secure what you can’t find. Bad actors will always look to exploit vulnerabilities and vectors that represent the…
The firewall weather forecast
Sep 13, 2018
Greetings weather-watchers and firewall-lovers of the Internet World. Today’s forecast in network security calls for sunny firewall skies, with 94% of respondents in our 2018…
Security Gets ‘Baked In’ at VMworld
Sep 12, 2018
Another VMworld has come and gone, but the latest one was distinctly different from its predecessors—and I’m not talking about the presence of “The Mountain” from “Game…
The Diversifying Technology of Firewall Architecture
Sep 05, 2018
The business-centric point is the gap (chasm) between business needs and security needs. A gap often exists between the business and IT Security.  IT security…








State of Network Security: Intent-Based Network Security



You’ve probably heard the term “VUCA” in a meeting or from a trade show stage in the last few years. If you’re still uninitiated, it stands for:

  • Volatile
  • Uncertain
  • Complex
  • Ambiguous

In other words: the modern business environment as a whole, and most definitely the modern network security teams environment.

When our team at FireMon travels to events or speaks to current/potential customers about their biggest security issues, some of the same themes consistently emerge:

Doing more with less: The attack surface continues to expand in all directions, but staffing is increasing by 1-3% at most in the majority of verticals.

Visibility: There’s so much to keep track of -- how do I even know what’s in my cloud, for example? Is full visibility possible?

Business needs vs. security needs: This is a huge topic that is only recently beginning to get the type of attention it deserves. A gap often exists between the business and IT Security.  IT security is siloed by vendor, technology and teams. Problem is: silos slow things down, and that doesn’t work in 2018 (it didn’t work three years ago either). Today's businesses have new devices, tools, cloud assets, and other resources constantly moving into and within their networks, making it tough to identify all the different parts and how they communicate.

Add it all up and it creates a very “VUCA” posture for most network security teams.

Is the answer intent?

We’ve been all-in on intent-based network security for over a year now, including putting together primers for network security teams on implementing and executing the concept. (We also did a webinar together with Ultimate Windows Security in early April on this topic.)

As we see it: Intent-based security enables the business to determine the security and compliance requirements, then simplify and automate the execution through heterogeneous security tools by translating business language to the language spoken by the variety of enforcement devices.

The result will be more effective and compliant security, while allowing DevOps teams to focus on growing the business.

The Lumeta acquisition

We recently acquired Lumeta.

This acquisition was driven by a focus on intent: Lumeta’s technology discovers, maps and analyzes all enterprise connectivity, both on-premise and in the cloud. This continuous identification of new devices, routers, cloud connectivity and more will enable FireMon customers to extend the capabilities of our platform to previously unknown network elements and cloud resources.

Our current and future customers can now extend intent-based security to on-premise and cloud assets that were previously unknown -- and ensure the right security measures are in place, in an automated way and by utilizing an organization’s existing security infrastructure.  This will result in significantly improved security without adding an operational burden on security teams.

As our VP of Channel Sales and Operations Kurt Mills told Channel Partners Online:

“Customers are struggling to manage their security programs across disparate vendors and tools, and ensure their compliance to internal technical guidelines and industry regulations,” he said. “Our partners will be able to provide a more complete solution that will help customers get a better grasp of their entire attack surface and the tools to implement better, compliant security programs in a more controlled, automated way.”

Execution-wise, we plan to leverage REST application programming interfaces (APIs) starting next month to embed Lumeta network-mapping software into our software.

The future and the bottom line

The rise of microservices will continue to exponentially increase the number of virtual endpoints that need to be secured. But once the intent behind a policy is determined, applying those policies at scale is feasible -- to the point where most cybersecurity professionals should be able to focus most of their efforts on managing the exceptions to those policies.

A critical element of being able to manage those exceptions is the ability to visualize how and where existing policies are being applied. That’s where some of our pre-existing tools, like Attack Simulation and Traffic Flow Analysis, come into play.

This is an extremely VUCA time for network security teams, and it’s getting more chaotic by the minute with the deployment of IT at unprecedented levels of scale.

FireMon’s mission is both (a) simplifying and (b) improving security. That drives all our decision-making.

Events

Webinars

Oct 11, 2018 Improve Visibility to Reduce Vulnerabilities and Protect Patient Data
Healthcare IT organizations, already burdened with budget constraints and the scarcity of technically proficient staff, must also contend with significant blind spots within their own networks. These blind spots occur everywhere, from endpoints into the cloud, and every blind spot increases the opportunity for attacks such as ransomware to be successful. Lumeta has been deployed at some of the largest enterprises and government agencies based on our ability to eliminate 100% of your IP network and connected device visibility gaps, improve your overall security posture, and reduce the risk of patient data theft.
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Sep 20, 2018 The Future of Network Security
Join our guest, Forrester's Chase Cunningham, with FireMon's Vice President, Product Strategy at FireMon, Matt Dean for a look at the future of network security, which will ultimately enable each business team to fully own their security policies.
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Sep 19, 2018 3 Steps to Gain Control of Cloud Security
The cloud is a notable business advantage, but it does bring numerous security concerns. In this webinar we will show you the path to more effective cloud security in hybrid enterprises.
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Aug 16, 2018 Migrating to the Cloud? Don’t Forget Your Firewalls
Running workloads in the cloud gets rid of a lot of work and some risk but you might be surprised how many firewalls you’ll end up with in the cloud if you follow best practice.
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News

Sep 12, 2018
Open Git directories leave 390K websites vulnerable
Threat Post
Aug 28, 2018
What are Next Generation Firewalls? How the Cloud and Complexity Affect Them.
CSO Online
Aug 17, 2018
94 Percent of Organizations See Firewalls as Critical Infrastructure
eWeek
Aug 17, 2018
Firewall Still Critical Tool in Network Security
Info Security
Aug 17, 2018
EMEA firms lagging behind US in firewall management & innovation
SC Magazine UK
Aug 15, 2018
Chaos and confusion reign with existing firewall infrastructure
Help Net Security
Aug 02, 2018
5 Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface
Security Magazine
Jul 09, 2018
Rules automation puts the “Sec” in DevSecOps
Help Net Security
Jun 06, 2018
Toward Central Network Security Policy Management for Hybrid Clouds
ESG
Jun 05, 2018
Zero Trust: Method or Madness?
Info Security
May 30, 2018
CEO: Acquisition adds 'best-in-class' solution to OP's FireMon
Kansas City Business Journal
May 29, 2018
FireMon to Buy Lumeta
Dark Reading
May 25, 2018
FireMon Announces New Immediate Insight Threat Hunting App for the Palo Alto Networks Application Framework
Channel Pro
May 14, 2018
Women in cyber-security: conquering imposter syndrome
SC Magazine UK
May 10, 2018
Firewall as a Service: A Better Defense for Your Business
Channel Partners
Apr 17, 2018
Hottest cybersecurity products at RSA 2018
CSO Online
Apr 17, 2018
RSA 2018: 10 Hot New Security Orchestration, Threat Detection, And Incident Response Products
CRN
Apr 17, 2018
FireMon debuts global policy controller; delivers frictionless network security management for hybrid enterprises
CTR
Mar 15, 2018
8 hot cyber security trends (and 4 going cold)
CSO Online
Mar 09, 2018
What Cybersecurity Risks Are Companies Currently Underestimating the Most? 34 Experts Have Their Say
Verdict Encrypt
  See all news from 2018



Resource Library

Audit Compliance

Datasheets

Policy Change

Solution Briefs

Policy Change

White Papers

Visibility Monitoring Management

Analyst Reports

Policy Change

Case Studies

Global Policy Controller
Overview of FireMon’s Global Policy Controller solution.
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
FireMon Appliance Datasheet

Whether you’re monitoring 100 devices or 15,000, on one continent or around the world, we offer a FM appliance with the power and storage capacity to deliver FireMon’s high-performance, highly scalable firewall management and risk analysis solutions.

Immediate Insight and Palo Alto Networks Application Framework
Moving to the Cloud
Central security control for expanding cloud intrastructures.
Risk Mitigation
Eliminate disruptions while removing security risks.
Reduce Security Costs
Continuous security that doesn't break the bank.
Intent-based Network Security
Continuous security starts with intent.
Elasticsearch
FireMon and Elasticsearch: Warp speed security
Continuous Security for Industrial Enterprises
Command security for PCN and SCADA networks
Internet of Things
Taming the ever-expanding IoT attack surface.
Zero Trust
Continuous Security for Zero Trust Networks
Migrations Made Easy
Speed up adoption of NGFW with FireMon.
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
Accelerating Incident Response. Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
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
Check Point Solution Brief
FireMon solutions and Check Point
Cisco Solution Brief

FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

Fortinet Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Fortinet
Juniper Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Juniper
NSX Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for NSX
Palo Alto Solution Brief
FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
3 Steps to Gain Control of Cloud Security
Better cloud visibility brings better cloud security.
2018 State of the Firewall
The full report walks through budget needs, staffing concerns, five-year firewall strategies, and more about how network security professionals at best-in-class businesses of all sizes see the evolution of firewalls.
A Primer On Intent-Based Network Security
Intent-based network security (IBNS) decouples intent from implementation. In this model, intent becomes the bedrock of policies and controls, and implementation serves as the device-specific enforcement of the declared security goal.
Hybrid Cloud Security: Minding the Gap
Visibility is often a first step toward cloud security
The Four Factors Necessary For Zero Trust

FireMon helps organizations move towards Zero Trust by providing:

  • Visibility into the network
  • Analysis of network traffic flow and possible breach points
  • Security Intent to determine what’s permissible
  • Orchestration to consistently automate what needs to be done
5 Reasons to Implement Security Policy Orchestration and Automation

Reduce your attack surface with a Security Policy Orchestration and Automation solution like FireMon.

Managing Migration Mayhem
Migrations can strike fear into the heart of even the most seasoned security professional. Follow this roadmap for a smooth, successful migration.
Four Ways to Reduce Your Attack Surface

Larger attack surface means more opportunities for cybercriminals to do harm. Learn how FireMon can help you remove exposures before they become exploited.

Why GDPR is Nothing to Fear
A practical (and sometimes philosophical) guide to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Four Key Factors for a Successful Migration

Migrations run the risk of cost overrun, delays and disruption of network service - often due to a lack of personnel and process to efficiently and effectively manage. To ensure a successful migration, consider these four key factors: 1) identifying and removing technical mistakes, 2) removing unused access, 3) refining and organizing what remains and 4) continuous, real-time monitoring.

Top 5 Requirements for Your NSPM Solution
Network Security Policy Management (NSPM) continues to be a difficult practice for organizations the world over. In the last 20 years, network security policies (e.g. firewall rules) have grown by more than 3,500%. Yes, you read that number correctly. Why is that?
Achieving Gartner's Recommendations for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment
Gartner research has uncovered a number of security policy challenges for enterprises. Among these challenges are the typical assessments necessary to fortify policy for compliance and improved security posture.
The Top 4 Myths of Policy Compliance & How to Avoid Non-Compliance
Welcome to the world of overflowing regulations and compliance standards, of evolving infrastructure and the ever-present breach. It's a world where 72% of security and compliance personnel say their jobs are more difficult today than just two years ago.
Planning Considerations for Compliance with GDPR
The GDPR deadline is approaching quickly. If you haven’t started your GDPR journey yet, now is the time.
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 Recommendations
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
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.
How Intelligent Policy Automation Can Increase the Speed & Security of Change Management Workflows
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Security Management

Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

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.

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
Frost & Sullivan 2018 North American IoT Cybersecurity Technology Best Practices
Lumeta Honored with 2018 Best Practices Award for IoT Cybersecurity Technology Innovation
Using Security Policy And Automation (SPOA) Tools To Reduce The Attack Surface
Attack surfaces have expanded greatly in the past several years, in part because of the amount of new applications coming online via Internet of Things and increasingly connected technology. Organizations have an admittedly tough time keeping up with all the new touchpoints and the rapid expansion of the attack surface. Complete defense is nearly impossible, and many companies struggle with visibility issues, mismatched or misaligned firewall policies, and an inability to comprehensively test the security configurations they do have
The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem

Forrester

Forrester’s Zero Trust Model of information security helps teams develop robust prevention, detection and incident response capabilities to protect their company's vital digital business ecosystem. This report will help security pros understand the technologies best suited to empowering and extending their Zero Trust initiatives and will detail how Forrester sees this model and framework growing and evolving.

Overcoming the Complexity Gap
Bloor
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
Network Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Forrester
Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
Forrester
The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
IANS
Large Healthcare Provider
The customer sought a data analysis tool to correlate application data with network and security data to spot service-impacting anomalies. They did not have an accurate picture of interoperability between applications and the underlying infrastructure.
Major Airline
Following a merger with another airline, this customer was left managing a large number of firewalls and routers from different security vendors using a home-grown application.
National Insurance Provider
This national insurance provider had three problems to tackle regarding their firewall policies. First, the number of rules under management was overwhelming staff and processes. They needed to increase visibility and effectiveness of their firewall change request/workflow ticketing process. And they also need help maintaining compliance PCI DSS requirements.
Managed Service Provider
Each time this Global MSP engaged a new customer, they had to onboard the firewalls – sometimes hundreds per engagement – into their network. Part of the onboarding process required assessing the policies against internal best practices – a manual, line-by-line process that took an average of 16 hours/firewall and was extremely error-prone.