Large enterprises, managed service providers and government agencies require a prudent way to manage the overall security life-cycle management of firewalls – from firewall commissioning, policy and rule development, auditing firewalls, cleaning up open any policies in real-time and analyzing risks related to firewall policies. Organizations demand such capabilities that are only found in FireMon solutions. FireMon allows organizations to retain visibility into network security, compliance and IT risk in REAL-TIME, which is all necessary for preventing intrusions and resulting breaches before they happen.
Whether responding to a previous incident, preparing for an audit, or seeking new measures to address changing conditions that place new burdens on existing defenses, such as M&A, or major network upgrades, FireMon Security Manager and its Policy Planner and Risk Analyzer modules empower organizations to:
Without comprehensive visibility into the current state of network defenses, any organization, regardless of proficiency, is challenged to keep its IT infrastructure under lock and key. Using FireMon Security Manager to continuously monitor the current state and effectiveness of all security device infrastructure allows network and security management to not only retain control and better adjust defenses, but also respond quickly when faced with business requests. By retaining visibility into configurations of hundreds, and often thousands of devices, Security Manager can enforce security policy across the enterprise, and maintain true situational awareness of network defenses to inform all subsequent decisions.
With FireMon, network and security teams can maintain a single, definitive view into the configurations of devices made by all major firewall vendors and present data in a centralized, real-time, customizable dashboard that provides reports to inform numerous management processes.
Firewall policies almost always grow in size and complexity over time, as change takes its toll on the existing rule base and unseen exposures emerge with the loss of visibility and control. Even when organizations remain dedicated to staying abreast of change, unseen issues and minor oversights can result in perilous conditions.
FireMon Security Manager continuously seeks out any hidden or conflicting device rules, identifying those that are outdated, and highlighting those that have become overly complex, so problems can be identified before they lead to exposures.
By taking a more comprehensive, hands-on approach to security device infrastructure management, yet doing so via adoption of automated assessment and remediation intelligence, organizations can reduce IT risk and improve protection, while simplifying compliance. In addition, this keeps network performance optimized, which further enables core business efforts.
Nearly every organization faces significant IT security compliance demands regardless of industry, with the goal of ensuring that mandated controls are always in place and that assessments are being performed with proscribed regularity. Examples of industry-specific regulations include FISMA, HIPAA, NERC, NSA Router Configuration Guidelines, and SOX.
Using FireMon Security Manager, organizations can further streamline their compliance auditing and validation processes by using automation to demonstrate that network access controls are in place at all times and are being tested frequently. While existing compliance automation solutions may help confirm that appropriate configurations are in place in the network security device rules base, only FireMon offers the ability to comprehensively analyze and report in real-time that all of those systems have been calibrated together to prevent access and maintain true critical asset protection.
With onboard capability to test for popular security requirements such as the PCI DSS standard, FireMon Security Manager represents an even more conclusive and detailed analysis of both policy compliance and the ability to meet the underlying goals of such measures in validating real world IT risk mitigation.
Change is constant – especially in the realm of network access and protection, where emerging business requirements demand continual adjustment of defenses. FireMon allows organizations to analyze, map and carry out configuration changes with full visibility into resulting conditions.
With FireMon Security Manager, staff is no longer forced to create one-off assessments or meld together multiple tools to understand the impact of change on the entirety of security device protection. With the ability to run impact assessments before changes are made, without demanding significant time or computing resources, network and security teams can scope the entire outcome of proposed change to measure resulting IT risk implications, offer feedback to management and plan any resulting remediation.
Further, by logging all changes to security infrastructure on a continuous basis and automatically alerting any staff responsible for affected devices, assets or policies, Security Manager creates a full end-to-end closed loop lifecycle process that drives down exposure over time and allows for constant refinement of IT risk management.
For years organizations have employed vulnerability scanners, pen testing and a litany of proactive measures aimed at identifying and fixing existing weaknesses before they could be exploited, but with FireMon Security Manager and knowledge of proven access, finally IT risks benefit from full context.
While assigning criticality to discovered vulnerabilities using industry lexicons and weighting of underlying assets has been useful, Security Manager’s ability to identify every available path of network access shines a light on those assets that are actually most vulnerable to attack. Organizations have often misspent efforts patching issues that were already mitigated by effective security controls, while unprotected problems were left exposed.
By integrating Security Manager directly with leading industry scanners and gaining the full context of vulnerability nature, underlying assets and exposure to potential attack, enterprises now have the ability to rapidly seek out the issues they should prioritize first and markedly reduce real-world IT risk.