Review: Firewall Management: Guarding The Guardians
Firewalls are a standard component of an organization’s security strategy. As such, they should be properly configured to block unwanted activity and routinely tested to ensure they’re operating as intended.
However, even a midsize organization may have a large number of firewalls at different points of the network, including the perimeter, various network segments, and branch and remote offices. Keeping track of configurations and changes is time-consuming, tedious, and often ignored.
A class of products exists to help staff assess and manage firewall configurations to ensure they meet corporate security policies. Some of these products also can help optimize configurations by identifying redundant or unsafe rules, and a few can provide visual maps of how traffic travels through the organization.