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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…
2010 be damned, firewalls are still very important to network security
Aug 23, 2018
In October 2010, SC Media was arguing that the firewall was in decay much like a reduction in operating systems and mobile phones.  In 2012, Palo Alto Networks declared…








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.

      Events

      Webinars

      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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      Jul 31, 2018 Executing Consistent Security Policy Across a Multi-Cloud Environment
      The cloud is a notable business advantage, but it does bring numerous security concerns including: a lack of visibility across cloud or between on-premises and cloud environments, monitoring security controls and changes within cloud and multi-cloud environments, and maintaining compliance by monitoring cloud traffic for suspicious and non-compliant behavior.
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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.

      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
      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 & 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.