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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…








Traffic Flow Analysis - Essential for Managing Today’s Security Networks



I think of a security network like a city’s streets. You have smaller streets for quiet neighborhoods and larger, 2-3 lane streets for major congestion areas. All of these thoroughfares were built by engineers who monitored traffic flows and patterns and evaluated exactly how many cars flow through the intersections, which directions (special attention to cars turning at the intersection) and what time of day. As a result, they use this “Traffic Flow Analysis” to define new "rules" for the traffic control system (stop lights) to efficiently move cars through an intersection.  

FireMon’s Traffic Flow Analysis or “TFA” does the same thing to monitor traffic through a firewall rule, and instead of allowing all traffic to traverse in all directions, it monitors the empirical behaviors on the network and lets administrators know which rules they can create to allow only the necessary access.

Do you need Application Data with your TFA? Yes, both matter.

Security Manager, FireMon’s flagship security management platform, transforms TFA from a monitoring tool to a powerful decision-making tool through the use of application data. The addition of application data in TFA allows a user to identify which applications are being used in a rule and between which sources and destinations. Just as with the traditional TFA, we present the data as a list – including all applications in use for the monitored traffic – as well as in a "flow." A flow is a set of common tuples (source, destination, service and application). All the traffic monitored can be broken into flows that can be used to create more refined rules in a policy.

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In the screenshot, you can see six flows associated with the captured traffic. The highlighted column shows the identified application used in each flow.

TFA for Next-Generation Firewalls

There is significant value to seeing applications in the flow to enable a user to more effectively refine their security policy. However, there is a specific market value to this new capability, especially for those next-generation firewall vendors. These vendors have built their business on the concept that a firewall should control access based on more than just port and protocol, but also based on the application. However, customers that are buying and installing these firewalls often fail to update rules to enforce application control. This happens for a couple of reasons:

  • Migrations: Generally, NGFWs are replacing a legacy technology. The original rules didn't have applications, so the migrated rules will not either. The effort to change these rules is significant, but it is also hard to do without better information. FireMon can provide that information.
  • Education: NGFWs are still a relatively new technology. Administrators may not be familiar with it and often revert back to creating rules without application definition. Fixing these rules after the fact is hard to do without good data.

Using TFA with application awareness allows enterprises to improve their firewall policies and get more value out of their firewall purchases.

Dynamic Data Collection Matters

Continuing my traffic analogy, you could think of applications as another data point such as distinguishing between types of vehicles and understanding that truck traffic requires different rules than cars.

Some security management vendors only allow a user to collect data on a specific firewall rule. With Security Manager’s TFA, you can collect it across an entire firewall using a combination of source, destination, service or application as filters to the data collection. For street traffic, we can map the flow between any two points in a city or by types of vehicles, regardless of which intersection they move through. The scope of the analysis is massive.

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Imagine sensors at every single intersection in your daily commute, enabling a sort of "Intelligent City." Using that same naming convention, FireMon enables "Intelligent Firewalls." For example, say you were asked to evaluate all the traffic that is allowed into a PCI zone in your network. You could turn on TFA for the firewall protecting the PCI zone and monitor all traffic destined to networks in the PCI zone. Regardless of which rule is permitting the traffic, you can get a picture of exactly which hosts are communicating to servers in the PCI zone using which services (HTTP, SMTP, FTP, etc.).

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Large datasets have made generating a TFA reporting a very time consuming and system-intensive operation. Security Manager relieves that burden, returning results in seconds. It is an amazingly fast process for the complexity of the analysis.

This dynamic analysis of any traffic flow pattern across the entire device policy is unique to FireMon’s Security Manager platform and is made possible by our distributed, scalable architecture.

TFA for the Cloud

Moving to the cloud enables enterprise networks to exponentially support more devices, more rules and more log data. FireMon’s distributed, horizontal data architecture can reliably monitor, collect and analyze data in real time from large enterprise infrastructure, and can support over 1 million rules and thousands of devices in a single pane.

Just as the “Intelligent City” engineer must monitor traffic flows within the network, he must be able to monitor and analyze traffic coming to and from his city in the same manner with the same level of functionality and detail. With Security Manager, the unique functionality and scalability of TFA is seamlessly extended from on-premises networks to hybrid cloud networks.

Recap

Traffic Flow Analysis is essential to effectively understand the performance of a network. Just having TFA is not enough. 

You need a TFA solution that uses application data to identify which applications are being used in a rule and between sources and destinations. 

You need a TFA solution that allows you to take advantage of the full functionality of next-generation firewalls.

You need a TFA solution that dynamic analyzes any traffic flow pattern across the entire device policy.

You need a TFA solution that is scalable enough to support migration and expansion to a cloud environment.

To learn more, request a demo of FireMon’s Traffic Flow Analysis functionality >>

Stuart Rosenfield is the Director of Product Marketing for FireMon.

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
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Resource Library

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White Papers

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Analyst Reports

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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
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.