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My years of experience managing security programs, across a broad spectrum of industries, has given me a greater understanding of how technology and people both play a critical role in influencing the overall security posture of any organization.
Requirement 2 of CIP-005 requires access controls at the electronic perimeter. I think most of us read it and see firewalls as a big part of the solution. However, there are implications beyond just putting in a firewall with a good rule set. R2 requires control and documentation of the ports and services that control access to critical items.
FireMon supports R2. If you asked me how FireMon could help meet R2, I’d name at least two features. Rule Documentation is the big feature that lots of energy companies can use to put port/service justification directly on top of the rule. Policy Report, which shows why access is allowed, is useful, too. But I think folks are really looking for the efficiency of Rule Documentation, where that justification information is automatically taken from the change process, and they avoid cost of creating documentation manually.
But if you asked our customers, you might get a different answer. I was working with one of our NERC-impacted customers this week, and they were using a FireMon feature for NERC that I’d never thought of. They looked at R2 and saw the implication that there needs to be some accounting of who has access to those critical assets and what services they are using to access them.
The firewall logs were the obvious answer to the accounting problem, but finding the right logs and pulling the right information was going to be expensive. Enter FireMon’s Traffic Flow Analysis (TFA) report.
TFA inspects a rule and shows which sources are accessing which destinations over which services. We built TFA to help create better rules from ones that are too broad. But by turning the TFA report on for all the rules that allow access to critical assets, our customer can pull an accounting report at any time.
This is another example (and there are a lot) of a great way to use our most popular new feature.
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?
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.
En la actualidad, uno de los retos principales es preparar las redes de seguridad, no sólo para enfrentar las amenazas, sino también para enfrentar los cumplimientos. El día 26 de enero se publicó en el Diario Oficial la LEY GENERAL DE PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS PERSONALES EN POSESIÓN DE SUJETOS OBLIGADOS.
¿Está tu red preparada?
¿Cuentas con los procesos necesarios para el cumplimiento?
En esta era digital los datos personales de nuestros clientes y proveedores pasan por una red y se almacenan en una base de datos. Éstos, por ley, deben protegerse por medio de sistemas y procesos. Uno de los objetivos de esta ley es establecer las condiciones de tratamiento de datos personales y fomentar la cultura de protección.
La Ley de protección de datos es mucho más que un simple aviso de privacidad; esta ley describe derechos y obligaciones que de incumplirse pueden ser penalizados. Asiste a este Webinar para conocer más y prepararte. Te mostraremos:
In the fall of 2016, we sought the answer to a very simple question: What benefits do users who have a firewall management tool deployed with their firewalls see over nonusers? To find out, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey 188 IT security decision makers.
In their study, “Automate Zero Trust Policy & Enforcement,” Forrester Consulting found that organizations with firewall auditing and configuration tools realize more benefits that those without, including:
In this webinar, guest Speaker Josh Zelonis, Senior Analyst with Forrester, will review and discuss the results of the study with FireMon CTO Paul Calatayud who will bring his own experiences and best practices for deploying firewall management tools to improve productivity and reduce risk.
Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure
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.