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Securing the Supply Chain with Security Policy Management
Dec 11, 2017
With the latest BCI Supply Chain Resiliency Report revealing that some of the top causes of supply chain disruption are cyberattacks and data breaches, and with global supply…
Why FireMon Continues to Dominate NPSM - Part 2: Real-Time Monitoring
Dec 05, 2017
In Part 1, we looked at how any solution that closes the Complexity Gap require Performance At Scale. If an organization is going to wrap…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 28, 2017
In Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series we saw how to implement Gartner’s first three recommendations for security configuration assessments (SCAs).…
Gartner’s Recommendations for Security Policy Configuration Assessment Part…
Nov 22, 2017
In this series, we're looking at the essential parts of a Security Configuration Assessment (SCA).  Let’s continue the dialogue and look at the other recommendations…








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

      Dec 06, 2017 6 Ways to Evaluate Firewall Change Requests to Ensure Security and Compliance and Prevent Risk Creep
      Firewalls are like Roach Motels – rules check in but they don’t checkout. When you look at a firewall with thousands (or tens of thousands) of rules you have to wonder if they are all still needed. Join Ultimate Windows Security and FireMon to find out how to automate the work flow of firewall change requests, capture and document rule changes, evaluate the impact of rules and compare rules to the characteristics of the actual packets being passed by those rules.
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      Nov 09, 2017 6 Steps for Firewall Assessment for Compliance and Security
      Don’t let the pendulum swings fool you; firewalls are not dead, and the perimeter still matters. But in addition to the perimeter we recognize the need for more internal segmentation to limit lateral movement and protect segregated zones like the red forest. So, we need and probably should have more firewalls than ever.
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      Oct 31, 2017 Think GDPR Doesn't Impact You? Think Again...
      Companies across the globe are scrambling to meet the new compliance directives that are imposed by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect in 2018. If you’re thinking, “I’m not in the EU, so it doesn’t matter”, think again.
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      Sep 26, 2017 GDPR: Security Management Best Practices You Need to Know
      In this webinar, FireMon’s resident GDPR expert, Tim Woods, will help lay the groundwork for a plan to comply by the 2018 deadline. We’ll also cover the vital role security management plays in protecting data from the start, including these specific capabilities you need to comply with Articles 25, 32, 35 and 58.
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      News

      Sep 05, 2017
      SAO v. SIEM Security Suites: And the winner is...
      TechBeacon
      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
      CIO.com
      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
      SearchSecurity
      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
      Betanews
      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
      Wired
        See all news from 2017



      Resource Library

      Audit Compliance

      Datasheets

      Policy Change

      Solution Briefs

      Policy Change

      White Papers

      Visibility Monitoring Management

      Analyst Reports

      Policy Change

      Case Studies

      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
      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
      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.
      Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
      Gartner
      Overcoming the Complexity Gap
      Bloor
      When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
      Gartner
      Firewall Sprawl
      Aberdeen Group
      Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
      Aberdeen Group
      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.