Understanding the network security devices in your network is crucial to maintaining your network’s security.
Network security devices include application and network firewalls, which are the most popular network security devices. However, your network may have other devices such as intrusion detection and protection systems, antivirus scanning devices, content filtering devices, as well as pen testing devices, and vulnerability assessment appliances.
An application firewall controls access from an application or service, monitoring or blocking the system service calls that do not meet the firewall’s configured policy. The application firewall is typically built to control network traffic up to the application layer.
A firewall is a network security device that monitors network traffic and decides whether to allow or deny traffic flows based on a defined set of security rules. Firewalls can be physical hardware devices, software, or both.
Network security management lets network administrators manage their network, whether on-prem, in the cloud, or a hybrid network, consisting of physical and virtual single and multi-vendor firewalls.
Network administrators need to get clear and comprehensive visibility into network behavior, automate single and multi-vendor device configuration, enforce global network security policies, view network traffic, and generate audit-ready compliance reports across their entire network. Network administrators must continuously deploy security policies across the network. Yet, there may be thousands of firewall policies accumulated over the years. Frequently, they are cluttered, duplicated, outdated, or conflict with new rules. This can adversely affect the network’s security and performance.
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How AlgoSec Helps with Network Firewall Security:
Get visibility of the underlying security policies implemented on firewalls and other security devices across the network. Understand your network's traffic flows. Gain insights into how they relate to critical business applications so you can associate your security policies to their business context.
Enabling unused rules to be included in a policy goes against best practices and may pose a risk to the organization. The AlgoSec network firewall security management solution makes it easy to find and identify unused rules within your firewall policy.
Firewall rules support applications or processes that require network connectivity to and from specific servers, users, and networks. The AlgoSec AppViz add-on automatically associates the relevant business application that each firewall rule supports, enabling you to review associated firewall rules quickly and easily.
Each firewall vendor often has its own management console, but your network is made up of multiple devices from an assortment of vendors.
Simplify and reduce audit preparation efforts and costs with out-of-the-box audit reports for major regulations including PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, NERC, and GDPR.
Periodically auditing your network security controls are critical. Network security audits help to identify weaknesses in your network security posture so you know where your security policies need to be adapted. Firewall audits also demonstrate that you have been doing your due diligence in reviewing security controls and policy controls.
By building and implementing a micro-segmentation strategy, networks can be broken down into multiple segments and made safer against potential breaches by dangerous cybercriminals and hackers.
Your network firewalls are a critical part of many regulatory requirements. Ensuring that your network firewalls comply with critical regulations is a core part of your network security posture.
Following firewall rules best practices, you should periodically evaluate your firewall rules. Identify and consolidate duplicate rules, remove obsolete or unused firewall rules, and perform periodic firewall rule re-certification.