Firewall Feud Lunch & Learn

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FireMon is surveying security pros across the country about their biggest challenges with firewall policy management. Join FireMon in a city near you as their experts reveal the top answers and share firewall management best practices for tackling them head on! Why Running Multiple WordPress Firewalls is a Bad Idea (wpwhitesecurity.com). Technology › Apple hack exposes flaws in building apps behind 'Great Firewall' (japantoday.com).

WEBINAR: The Impact of Firewall Sprawl

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Register >> Network firewalls have long been established as the ubiquitous first line of defense for every organization’s network security strategy. Sprawling deployments of firewalls and other security devices that increase complexity, cost and risk. Join representatives from research firm, the Aberdeen Group , as they share their insights on the rise of firewall sprawl and learn how the FireMon platform answers the call for more strategic firewall management.

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Kicking the Tires: Verisign DNS Firewall

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Cognitio has been evaluating the new Verisign DNS Firewall along with its Recursive DNS service for the last several weeks. Our bottom line conclusion: Integration of the Verisign DNS Firewall into an existing environment couldn’t be more seamless, configuration and management are a breeze, and it delivers immediate benefit to the security posture of any environment. For more information on the DNS Firewall and other Verisign Security Services check out their website: [link].

Which firewall security management solution is best for your needs?

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Which firewall security management solution is best for your needs? IT Central Station is a crowdsourced enterprise tech reviews

Fight firewall sprawl with AlgoSec, Tufin, Skybox suites

Network World

New and innovative security tools seem to be emerging all the time, but the frontline defense for just about every network in operation today remains the trusty firewall. They aren’t perfect, but if configured correctly and working as intended, firewalls can do a solid job of blocking threats from entering a network, while restricting unauthorized traffic from leaving. The problem network administrators face is that as their networks grow, so do the number of firewalls.

5 ways to create a secure firewall

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Firewall management can be a complicated and risky process if not performed carefully. Here are five tips to help you build a successful strategy

Qatar’s Milaha Maritime and Logistics upgrades firewall to ensure global network performance

Computer Weekly

Middle East marine and logistics company has improved its firewall to support global expansion

Palo Alto Networks: Proactively Averting Cyber Attacks

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Their trifecta of Next Generation Firewall, Threat Intelligence and Advanced Endpoint Protection, can be the key to proactive mitigation of the cyber threat. By Charles Hall. Cyber threats are becoming more advanced, persistent, and focused.

Next-Gen Enterprise Network Doesn’t Stop at Corporate Firewall

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Study: pressure on IT to create value drives demand for interconnection services Read More. Cloud Computing Colocation Connectivity Data Center Strategies Enterprise Equinix Featured

Cisco touts next-gen firewall gear for midsize installations

Network World

Cisco is coming out with four next-generation firewall boxes aimed at giving smaller organizations protection that is better sized to their needs and engineered to minimize performance hits as additional security services are turned on. The devices make up a family called the Cisco Firepower 2100 series and are built around dual, multi-core processors.

Cisco starts patching firewall devices against NSA-linked exploit

Network World

Cisco Systems has started releasing security patches for a critical flaw in Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) firewalls targeted by an exploit linked to the U.S. National Security Agency. The exploit, dubbed ExtraBacon, is one of the tools used by a group that the security industry calls the Equation, believed to be a cyberespionage team tied to the NSA. ExtraBacon was released earlier this month together with other exploits by one or more individuals who use the name Shadow Brokers.

Face-off: Cisco vs. Fortinet for enterprise firewalls

Network World

Firewalls have been on the front lines of network security for 25 years. Today, two of the top enterprise firewalls are Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Fortinet’s Fortigate, according to reviews by users in the IT Central Station community. Over time they’ve evolved beyond simple packet filtering to take on a wider and deeper variety of tasks to block modern threats.

How Google reinvented security and eliminated the need for firewalls

Network World

SAN FRANCISCO -- In some ways, Google is like every other large enterprise. It had the typical defensive security posture based on the concept that the enterprise is your castle and security involves building moats and walls to protect the perimeter. Over time, however, that perimeter developed holes as Google’s increasingly mobile workforce, scattered around the world, demanded access to the network. And employees complained about having to go through a sometimes slow, unreliable VPN.

Flaws expose Cisco small-business routers, firewalls to hacking

Network World

Three models of Cisco wireless VPN firewalls and routers from the small business RV series contain a critical unpatched vulnerability that attackers can exploit remotely to take control of devices. The vulnerability is located in the Web-based management interface of the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall, RV130W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router and RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router.

Pacnet Opens Data Center Behind Great Firewall of China

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Partners with government to help establish tech park in Tianjin Wuqing District as major technology hub Read More. Asia-Pacific colocation

Review: 5 open source alternatives for routers/firewalls

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Plus, they are combined with security functionality, starting with a basic firewall and possibly including antivirus, antispam and Web filtering. Open source software offers an economical and flexible option for deploying basic home, SMB or even enterprise networking. These open source products deliver simple routing and networking features, like DHCP and DNS.

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BlackNurse attack: 1 laptop can DoS some firewalls, bring down big servers

Network World

An attacker doesn’t need an IoT botnet or massive resources for a denial of service attack to knock large servers offline; researchers warned that all it takes is one laptop for a “ BlackNurse ” attack to bring vulnerable Cisco, SonicWall, Palo Alto and Zyxel firewalls to their knees.

Why bother with firewalls?

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I get the purpose of firewalls. Every modern operating system has firewalls installed by default these days and even the average modem has a firewall built in. In short, just about every computer under the sun has some sort of firewall built in and you cannot access the internetThey are supposed to block people and connections from doing things they are not supposed to do.

Why firewalls are not recommended for securing SCADA systems

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SCADA systems need to be secure, yet according to one expert, firewalls are not up to the task, and should be replaced with Unidirectional Security Gateways. Learn what to look for in a USG

Cisco discloses PIX firewall, IOS software security holes

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Cisco has warned of a high priority security hole in its IOS software that could have let attackers snatch memory contents from a variety of products that could lead to the disclosure of confidential information. More on Network World: Cisco buys into containers with Container X acquisition +. Specifically Cisco said the vulnerability is due to “insufficient condition checks in the part of the code that handles [Internet Key Exchange] IKEv1 security negotiation requests.

China Is Said to Close Major Hole in its Great Internet Firewall

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(Bloomberg) — China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet. Beijing has ordered state-run telecommunications firms, which. Asia-Pacific Regulation

Java and Python FTP attacks can punch holes through firewalls

Network World

The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks. On Saturday, security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XXE (XML External Entity) vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails.

5 open source alternatives for routing/firewall

Network World

These open source products deliver simple routing and networking features, plus they are combined with security functionality, starting with a basic firewall and possibly including antivirus, antispam and Web filtering.

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DoS technique lets a single laptop take down an enterprise firewall

Network World

At a time when the size of distributed denial-of-service attacks has reached unprecedented levels, researchers have found a new attack technique in the wild that allows a single laptop to take down high-bandwidth enterprise firewalls. BlackNurse uses ICMP Type 3 (Destination Unreachable) Code 3 (Port Unreachable) packets instead and some firewalls consume a lot of CPU resources when processing them.

Euroclear automates firewall rule management with AlgoSec

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Post-trade back-office process provider has made the management of firewalls more efficient through security management software

How OPM Could Have Avoided the Data Breach

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Knowing the interaction of firewall rules, and uncovering vulnerabilities introduced by misconfiguration, is vital. Uncovering unused, hidden, and redundant rules, which can have unforeseen impact on overall security, would help to simplify the overall firewall environment. Cleaning up and optimizing firewall configurations can remove obscurity and improve security, manageability, and performance.

IDG Contributor Network: Barracuda protects industrial IoT with network-based firewall

Network World

How do IoT firewalls protect against such threats? Many industrial IoT systems have open doors that create unintended vulnerabilities. What information could be exposed by open communications protocols? How do hackers identify vulnerable systems? What security resources are available? TCP Port 502 vulnerabilities. Many industrial systems use TCP Port 502, which allows two hosts to establish a connection and exchange streams of data.

Palo Alto Networks: A Next Generation Firewall

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The Palo Alto Networks security platform natively brings together all key network security functions, including advanced threat protection, firewall, IDS/IPS and URL filtering. Palo Alto Networks protects thousands of enterprise and governments from cyber threats. They rely on a deep expertise and commitment to innovation to continually enhance their game-changing security platform.

FireMon, Breaking into Australian and New Zealand Markets

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We don’t make the firewall, we don’t make the F5 load balancer, we don’t make the Cisco router, but we make them better,” DeBell said. The most significant play for FireMon, according to DeBell, was the move toward next-generation firewall. Mick Stephens, FireMon’s A/NZ regional manager, said that their next-generation firewall process was like getting rid of redundant rulesets and overshadowed rule sets. Katie Kennedy.

Embrace DBaaS to Speed Up Mobile App Development

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Big Data CTO Application Deployment Application Development Application Lifecycle Cloud Computing Cloud Database Cloud platform Cloud services Couchbase Couchbase DBaaS Database-as-a-Service DBaaS DBaaS inside the firewall DBaaS Platform DBaaS provider DBaaS service provider DBaaS services DBaaS Software devops Mobile Apps MongoDB MongoDB-as-a-Service On-premise DBaaS Private DBaaS By Chip Childers.

Juniper Unveils New Software-Defined Secure Networks Offerings

Data Center Knowledge

New containerized SRX and virtual SRX provide enhanced firewall capabilities Read More. Shared

Vendor management and looking beyond SMB firewalls, anti-virus, and data backups

IT Toolbox

I just had lunch with a long-time business colleague who specializes in IT consulting and network systems integration for small and medium-sized businesses. From servers to PBXs and everything in between, his company sells, installs, and manages entire network environments for its customers. Companies like my colleague’s are the backbone of the enormously large group of businesses

Video: How an IoT firewall can protect your smart office from cyber-attacks

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Leon Kuperman, CTO of CUJO IoT Security, why your small business and home office needs a firewall, and why your ISP can't protect you from bad IPs, phishing links, and sites loaded with malware