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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.
You aren’t alone! FireMon conducted a survey at Infosecurity Europe earlier this month, and I wish I could say the results were surprising. As a group, cyber security professionals are overworked, underutilized, and required to satisfy business and regulatory demands that are often in direct conflict. Among the security professionals we surveyed, a full 51% stated that they spent most of their days firefighting instead of doing “meaningful security work.” This is a frustrating and dangerous state of affairs I believe is caused, at least in part, by increasing network complexity.
Organizations are putting solution after solution in place to try to find the missing piece to their security puzzle when, in fact, more technology probably isn’t the answer. This constant acquisition of solutions—and the increasing network complexity that goes along with it—is driven at least in part by regulatory compliance. Security professionals are simultaneously being asked to chase compliance—56% admitted they had added a product purely to meet compliance regulations, even though they knew it offered no other business benefit—while also compromising security posture in order to meet business demands.
In fact, 52% of IT security pros survey admitted to adding access that they know had decreased their organization’s security posture. And those outside regulations? 28% admitted to cheating on an audit just to pass, a figure that has gone up 6% from five years ago when the same question was posed. Something is broken here. More solutions aren’t needed—better management is.
If you’re looking to stop fighting fires and reclaim control of your network, consider the following four tips:
What are your thoughts on the mounting pressures and competing objectives placed on IT security staff from inside as well as outside organizations? Tweet us @firemon and let us know if you are #overworkedinIT!
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.