FireMon Expands Situational Awareness With Security Manager 7.0

FireMon Expands Situational Awareness With Security Manager 7.0 
New Continuous Assessment, Best Practice Models and Industry-First
BPMN 2.0 Support Improve Ability to Visualize and Manage Changes in
Security Posture 
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 02/20/13 --  FireMon, the
leading provider of security management and risk analysis solutions,
today announced important new capabilities in Security Manager
Version 7.0 that greatly improve organizational ability to identify,
understand and manage changes in security posture -- in real-time.
The new capabilities apply best practice models from FireMon's deep
knowledgebase in security infrastructure management, with increased
automation, customization and analytical capabilities. As a result,
customers can more rapidly and effectively identify, assess and
prioritize configuration and compliance issues -- and understand and
address higher-level business risk. 
Organizations live in a constant state of change -- from
infrastructure evolution and device sprawl, to business and personnel
upheaval. While point-in-time security and vulnerability assessments
can provide a current snapshot of exposure, one employee
addition/departure, a new VM or a change to a firewall rule can
immediately render an assessment moot. To address this need for
greater agility in security posture and risk assessment, the three
main enhancements to Security Manager 7.0 include:  

--  Continuous Assessment - Offers 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 prepackaged assessments from the
    FireMon knowledgebase, or custom assessment definition. Provides a
    higher-level view of data for quicker, more comprehensive assessments
    and a better understanding of the implications of change over time.
--  Business Process Standardization - The first security and policy
    management platform to support the latest version of the Object
    Management Group's (OMG) Business Process Model and Notation (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.

"Security and operational teams are stuck between a rock and a hard
place," said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at the Enterprise
Strategy Group. "On one side they face attackers that are highly
skilled and automated, while the other side features a dynamic
business environment where requirements for change are immediate and
intolerant of extensive delays to accommodate security processes. Add
in increasing external oversight and regulation, and the need for
constant and granular monitoring of security state is imperative for
security protection and risk management." 
Security Manager 7.0 represents the latest innovative step from
FireMon over the past year to fuse risk and posture management and to
increase the intelligence and awareness provided to customers. The
company was the first in the market last year to fully integrate
real-time risk analysis with configuration, policy and change
management, and then expanded that with a greater ability to analyze
and visualize the behavior of network traffic. The introduction of
continuous assessment into Security Manager greatly enhances
organizational ability to quickly and efficiently manage changes,
assess configurations and measure associated risks in real-time. 
"While the old adage of 'lear
n from your mistakes' holds true in
every job, the implications of even minor mistakes in security can
have far reaching consequences -- and moreso the longer they go
undetected," said Jody Brazil, president and CTO of FireMon. "And
dangerous mistakes aren't limited to misconfiguration. Small, even
valid, changes can have unexpected and unpredictable cascading
effects farther along a network path. Additionally, overt focus on
previous device and configuration errors can create tunnel vision
that prevents oversight of other devices. Our goal with 7.0 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." 
Improving Organizational Posture 
Security Manager 7.0 is about taking the power, intelligence and
insight of the platform, and making it more immediate and actionable
for both security and operations staff. By adding 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. Additionally,
with historical trending, operational ability to more effectively
visualize, benchmark and manage change is greatly improved.  
Leveraging FireMon's experience and expertise, the best practice
knowledgebase comprises a library of hundreds of assessment controls
to evaluate device configurations and network access policies.
Security Manager 7.0 comes with a set of predefined assessments
evaluating devices and networks against best practice and standard
compliance regulations, as well as the ability for customer-defined
FireMon has further enhanced security and operations coordination
with Policy Planner Version 3.0. It is the first product in the
policy and risk management market to support the BPMN 2.0 standard,
which has been adopted by industry leaders including Accenture,
Capgemini, France Telecom, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat Software, SAP AG and
Unisys. Enabling security management to be more easily integrated
into business critical processes is vital for large organizations
doing battle daily with deliberate and unintentional cyber attacks on
their assets and information. 
Visit FireMon during the RSA Conference at Booth 645 to preview
Security Manager V7.0 and Policy Planner V3.0. Both will be available
in early Q2 2013. Pricing starts at $20,000. 
About FireMon
 FireMon is the industry leader in providing
enterprises, government and managed services providers with advanced
security management solutions that deliver deeper visibility and
tighter control over their network security infrastructure. The
integrated FireMon solution suite -- Security Manager, Policy Planner
and Risk Analyzer -- enables customers to identify network risk,
ly prevent access to vulnerable assets, clean up firewall
policies, automate compliance, strengthen security throughout the
organization, and reduce the cost of security operations. For more
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