Rescuing Your Network with Micro-Segmentation

July 5, 2021
Alex Hilton
Chief Executive at Cloud Industry Forum (CIF)
Prof. Avishai Wool
CTO & Co Founder AlgoSec

Micro-segmentation allows you to isolate workloads, and secure them individually. In a world
that relies on computerization and automation, and in a world full of sophisticated cyber
criminals, micro-segmentation is key for tightening your network security. The ability to
tighten internal processes and procedures allows you to minimise the risk of threats, and
also target breaches before they can disrupt your network.

However, many businesses approach micro-segmentation in the wrong way, which can
cause issues for multiple layers of your security. For example, not having efficiently trained
staff, failing to map out existing application flows and failing to set up a firewall policy before
beginning the process of micro-segmentation are all common challenges and mistakes
made by security professionals on their micro-segmentation journey.

Given the benefits of a micro-segmentation strategy, it is worth understanding how to
navigate these common challenges, and move towards a more consolidated, secure
network.

In this session, we will discuss:

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Microsegmentation

Micro-segmentation – from strategy to execution

Organizations heavily invest in security solutions to keep their networks safe, but still struggle to close the security gaps. Micro-segmentation helps protect against the lateral movement of malware and minimizes the risk of insider threats. Micro-segmentation has received lots of attention as a possible solution, but many IT security professionals aren’t sure where to begin or what approach to take. In this practical webinar, Prof. Avishai Wool, AlgoSec’s CTO and co-founder will guide you through each stage of a micro-segmentation project – from developing the correct micro-segmentation strategy to effectively implementing it and continually maintaining your micro-segmented network. Register now for this live webinar and get a practical blueprint to creating your micro-segmentation policy: What is micro-segmentation. Common pitfalls in micro-segmentation projects and how to avoid them. The stages of a successful micro-segmentation project.  The role of policy change management and automation in micro-segmentation. Don't forget to also click on the links in the Attachments tab.

Micro-Segmentation Implementation - Taking the Leap from Strategy to Execution

Micro-Segmentation Implementation - Taking the Leap from Strategy to Execution

Building a Blueprint for a Successful Micro-segmentation Implementation

Building a Blueprint for a Successful Micro-segmentation Implementation

Avishai Wool, CTO and co-founder of AlgoSec, looks at how organizations can implement and manage SDN-enabled micro-segmentation strategies   Micro-segmentation is regarded as one of the most effective methods to reduce an organization’s attack surface, and a lack of it has often been cited as a contributing factor in some of the largest data breaches and ransomware attacks. One of the key reasons why enterprises have been slow to embrace it is because it can be complex and costly to implement – especially in traditional on-premise networks and data centers. In these, creating internal zones usually means installing extra firewalls, changing routing, and even adding cabling to police the traffic flows between zones, and having to manage the additional filtering policies manually. However, as many organizations are moving to virtualized data centers using Software-Defined Networking (SDN), some of these cost and complexity barriers are lifted.  In SDN-based data centers the networking fabric has built-in filtering capabilities, making internal network segmentation much more accessible without having to add new hardware. SDN’s flexibility enables advanced, granular zoning:  In principle, data center networks can be divided into hundreds, or even thousands, of microsegments. This offers levels of security that would previously have been impossible – or at least prohibitively expensive – to implement in traditional data centers. However, capitalizing on the potential of micro-segmentation in virtualized data centers does not eliminate all the challenges. It still requires the organization to deploy a filtering policy that the micro-segmented fabric will enforce, and writing this a policy is the first, and largest, hurdle that must be cleared. The requirements from a micro-segmentation policy A correct micro-segmentation filtering policy has three high-level requirements: It allows all business traffic – The last thing you want is to write a micro-segmented policy and have it block necessary business communication, causing applications to stop functioning. It allows nothing else – By default, all other traffic should be denied. It is future-proof – ‘More of the same’ changes in the network environment shouldn’t break rules. If you write your policies too narrowly, when something in the network changes, such as a new server or application, something will stop working. Write with scalability in mind. A micro-segmentation blueprint Now that you know what you are aiming for, how can you actually achieve it?  First of all, your organization needs to know what your traffic flows are – what is the traffic that should be allowed. To get this information, you can perform a ‘discovery’ process. Only once you have this information, can you then establish where to place the borders between the microsegments in the data center and how to devise and manage the security policies for each of the segments in their network environment. I welcome you to download AlgoSec’s new eBook, where we explain in detail how to implement and manage micro-segmentation. AlgoSec Enables Micro-segmentation The AlgoSec Security Management Suite (ASMS) employs the power of automation to make it easy to define and enforce your micro-segmentation strategy inside the data center, ensure that it does not block critical business services, and meet compliance requirements. AlgoSec supports micro-segmentation by: Providing application discovery based on netflow information Identifying unprotected network flows that do not cross any firewall and are not filtered for an application Automatically identifying changes that will violate the micro-segmentation strategy Automatically implementing network security changes Automatically validating changes The bottom line is that implementing an effective network micro-segmentation strategy is now possible. It requires careful planning and implementation, but when carried out following a proper blueprint and with the automation capabilities of the AlgoSec Security Management Suite, it provides you with stronger security without sacrificing any business agility. Find out more about how micro-segmentation can help you boost your security posture, or request your personal demo.  

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