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Gain Control of your Cloud Security Though Better Visibility
Mar 16, 2018
At almost every trade show or security event we attend, typically the two biggest topics attendees ask us about are: Effective firewall cleanup Visibility…
Gain Control of your Cloud Security Though Better Visibility
Mar 09, 2018
At almost every trade show or security event we attend, typically the two biggest topics attendees ask us about are: Effective firewall cleanup Visibility into the cloud Makes…
Orchestration & Zero Trust
Mar 07, 2018
This is our final stop in a blog series walking through Zero Trust and how achievable it is. Previous entries: Zero Trust vs. Microsegmentation The need for…
Security Intent & Zero Trust
Mar 01, 2018
As we’ve navigated some of the issues around implementing a Zero Trust strategy, we’ve done three things: explained the difference between Zero Trust and microsegmentation,…

Tagging, It's Not Just for Twitter Anymore

So much of the current industry buzz is about the promise of machine learning and artificial intelligence to finally win the security battle. From what I've seen, the near term promise of machine learning is to scale the human layer of data analysis for security. Humans are ultimately much better at free association than any rule or algorithm. Applying machine learning and other analysis techniques to human commentary about the data can be a real win for security teams combating a more sophisticated adversary operating in a more complex infrastructure.

I believe security teams need an integrated “social” framework to capture the human assessment. A framework that enables operators to inject context directly to, and collaborate in, the machine and human data used for threat detection and incident response. In social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) users can contribute personal commentary and associations by simply adding a tag or note. However, our security teams and systems are in the dark ages with regard to flexibly adding commentary and institutional knowledge directly to the data.

Today’s systems are built for the known, repeatable and structured. They lack the “social framework” necessary for teams to productively engage the unknown and unstructured. For these systems, the primary information-sharing medium for unusual and suspicious activity is messaging applications like email that disconnects assessment and commentary from the data. In fact, one CISO recently shared she is frustrated that institutional knowledge and context for anomalous activity is difficult to leverage across the organization because it is contained in many team member’s PST files.

If security operators and analysts are able to add their personal observations directly to the data that others can leverage, it creates a more collaborative problem-solving environment required for more elusive security threats. Enabling analysts and operators to tag interesting records or data points, the system can then capture that context and leverage analytics to improve results returned by the system.

For tagging to be useful, it must be simple and flexible. The user shouldn’t have to operate in some rigid structure, typical of legacy systems, that limits flexibility and reduces its value. In practice, adding tags and notes needs to be as easy as Facebook and Twitter – a fluid part of user’s normal workflow to:

    • Add commentary and assessment

    • Create custom data segmentation

    • Classify unstructured data

    • Correlate structured and unstructured data

    The associative and accumulative value of tags increases with use. For example, a user searches on a tag or comment, creating a correlated and working dataset, defined by the tag. This enables teams to see a correlated view (across structured and unstructured data) of non-obvious threats and operational issues.

      • Common addresses, users, etc.

      • Unusual locations

      • Common and uncommon events

      • Comparisons across arbitrary time periods

      • Reputations and cohorts

      Tagging is an important part of Immediate Insight’s new natural language, associative and accumulative approach to security analytics. The system is not built to structure and store the data as fields with direct details, as traditional data systems have done, instead it's built to track entities, their associations and store information about their reputation (what they've done in the past and what other things they are associated with). This associative and accumulative approach enables the system to learn as it sees new data and enables queries that return much better insight.

      Join author Jeff Barker for a further look at how you can use data tagging to enable collaboration and improve threat detection and response in our webinar Thursday, July 12 at 1:00p CDT >>

      Jeff, as VP of Product Management for Immediate Insight, is continuing his pursuit of making data analysis more accessible. Jeff cofounded the Immediate Insight data analysis platform, which ws acquired by FireMon in 2015. He leverages 25 years of successes and failures in creating and developing markets, driving product strategy, and leading teams in both startup and public networking and security companies to create a new breed of data analysis required to discover the unknown in today’s mobile, virtual, and cloud-enabled environments.



      Feb 28, 2018 Migrations Made Easy
      Firewall migration projects are filled with risk: cost overruns, misconfigurations, connectivity failures, and security risk. Every year, security teams review, test, and procure new technologies to keep data protected.
      Feb 13, 2018 Network Segmentation: Implement Roadblocks on the Attack Surface, Stop Malicious Spread
      Most organizations that I talk to still have their networks designed for 90's era attacks. A hard perimeter and little to nothing on the inside. The one common exception is the part of the network that processes credit card data since PCI DSS specifically identifies the Cardholder Data Network (CDN) and requires controls around it.
      Jan 25, 2018 GDPR Primer for IT
      Join us for a very special Expert Roundtable where vendors in the industry set aside their sales pitches to get you the information and advice about GDPR preparation that you need.
      Jan 11, 2018 The Value of Using Security Policy Orchestration and Automation for Improving Change Management and SecOps

      Join David Monahan, managing research director at leading IT analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), and discover the difference between organizations using an SPOA solution to manage their firewall environments versus those not using one of these solutions.



      Sep 05, 2017
      SAO v. SIEM Security Suites: And the winner is...
      Aug 30, 2017
      Jimmy Nukebot Explodes on the Scene, Transforming NeutrinoPOS
      Info Security
      Aug 17, 2017
      The Top Security Challenges for 2017
      SC Magazine
      Aug 14, 2017
      Creditseva, KS Enterprises Breaches Highlight Need for Improved Cloud Security
      eSecurity Planet
      Jul 31, 2017
      What is IT governance? A formal way to align IT & business strategy
      Jul 28, 2017
      How organizations can work toward GDPR compliance
      Information Management
      Jul 09, 2017
      4 Signs Check Point Software's Best Days Are Ahead
      Motley Fool
      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
      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
      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
        See all news from 2017

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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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      Gain Control of the Cloud

      Cloud technology gives enterprises faster application deployment, instant storage, workload versatility and pricing models that decrease initial capital investment. It is no wonder enterprises are making the move to the cloud.

      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
      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.
      Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
      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.
      The Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem


      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.

      Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
      Overcoming the Complexity Gap
      When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
      Firewall Sprawl
      Aberdeen Group
      Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
      Aberdeen Group
      Network Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
      Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
      The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
      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.