Today, network security policy management solution provider FireMon released its 2018 State of the Firewall Report, which will be of interest to those concerned about their IT perimeter or endpoint security.
FireMon surveyed hundreds of C-suite executives, IT professionals, and security team members around the globe, and found:
- 94% say firewalls are important as ever.
- 30% struggle with firewall rule complexity
- 17% struggle with policy compliance and audit readiness
- 14% struggle with firewall rule optimization.
- 26% of enterprises have 100 or more firewalls as part of their IT perimeter, creating another layer of challenge.
- 16% of companies process more than 100 change requests to the firewall every week and 40% deal with anywhere between 10 and 99 requests.
In a statement, FireMon CEO Satin Mirchandani said: “Many companies are still trying to manage firewall rules manually, but in this era of next-gen architectures and sophisticated malware, this is no longer an effective way to enforce access policies and mitigate risk. With more than half of survey respondents stating that three or more teams are involved in change management, the high number of change requests alone can drain valuable time, resources and budget from any security program. Factor in new technology adoption, and the stage is set for further policy management problems.”
The cybersecurity paradigm is shifting from one centered around preventing threats to one centered on detecting them, yet prevention is still a vital component of any enterprise-level cybersecurity platform. Firewalls, whether part of an endpoint protection platform or not, will remain a vital tool in this regard. However, FireMon points out that firewalls will need to adapt and change with the realities of cloud adoption and digital transformation.
“The erosion of a defined corporate perimeter has simultaneously increased the number of assets organizations are trying to protect as well as the number of firewall rules. The only way to enforce consistent access policies across the enterprise is to implement automated, intent-based security,” says Mirchandani.
You can download and read the full FireMon 2018 State of the Firewall report here.
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