FireMon Enhances Security Manager, Adds BPMN 2.0 Compliance

Having capped off 2012 with a 100% increase in revenues, FireMon is looking to shake up the enterprise security management and risk analysis markets with enhancements to Security Manager (Version 7.0) and Policy Manager (Version 3.0). The company’s goal with V7.0 was to provide a continuous and real-time posture ‘reality check’ that prevents errors in oversight by continuously assessing the infrastructure based on best practices, said Jody Brazil, president and CTO.

The new release of Security Manager is about taking the power, intelligence and insight of the platform, and making it more immediate and actionable for both security and operations staff, said FireMon. With best practice-driven, continuous assessment, customers have a prioritized, single pane view of up to the minute security posture that calls out issues to be addressed and their relative criticality, and with historical trending, operational ability to more effectively visualize, benchmark and manage change is greatly improved.

According to a new report from IDC, a continually evolving breed of unknown, persistent, targeted, and adaptive security threats is pushing businesses’ enterprise IT/Security infrastructure to their limits and driving the expansion of the security services threat intelligence market. The emerging predictive security market is forecast to grow to $905 million in 2014 as organizations struggle to keep pace.

“Businesses are struggling to protect themselves as these outside threats become more resistant to signature-based security tools,” said Christine Liebert, senior analyst, Security Services. “It’s becoming clear that many of these emerging treats cannot be defended against in-house, creating a shift in security posture toward being more proactive.”

The market has created a situation where our product is much more interesting, said Brazil. The increasing complexity, speed of the world, speed of the network and speed of the enterprise all mean networks need to respond more rapidly. You also need more automation, he said. “With Version 7.0 you prebuild these systems as policies… against a device or set of devices… and any time something changes… in real time, we can re-evaluate the effect those changes are going to have on your existing security posture.”

Policy Manager addresses rule recommendation and rule planner, said Brazil. “What is in the path to the change, and then, what needs to change? These are complex problems… (and) this tool does the exact analysis in a couple of seconds, instead of the usual hours.”

Large enterprises already have workflow solutions and they don’t need another one, he said. But they do need a firewall-specific workflow, and offering a BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) 2.0 Compliant Workflow is a really big step to make it part of the bigger enterprise infrastructure, saud Brazil.

The three main enhancements to Security Manager V7.0 (GA in April) are:

-Continuous Assessment – active and continuous assessment of compliance and security posture to analyze and trend the effects of – and, if necessary, alert on – administrative and environmental changes in the enterprise;

-Best Practice Modeling – moves from primarily device-centric to control-centric monitoring via pre-packaged assessments from the FireMon knowledgebase, or custom assessment definition, providing a higher level view of data for quicker, more comprehensive assessments and a better understanding of the implications of change over time; and,

-Business Process Standardization – the first security and policy management platform to support the latest version of the Object Management Group’s (OMG) BPMN standard; building on the BPMN 2.0 standard enables easy integration to existing business processes and solutions of FireMon’s powerful firewall tools such as rule recommendation and analysis.



Author: Steve Wexler

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