Corporate firewall management is increasingly complex due to an expanding network perimeter and the proliferation of cloud computing services. Gaps in effective firewall management delay business initiatives and lead to increasing security and compliance challenges.
Infrastructure and Security leaders are looking to gain more control over their firewalls, their goals include:
Centralized management of on-premises and cloud firewall infrastructure
Unified visibility across all supported devices and platforms
Automation-assisted orchestration of change control process through custom workflow
Streamlined audit prep, change tracking, and policy violation reporting capabilities
Consistent and continuous enforcement of network security policy across multi-vendor/multi-platform environments
These leaders are utilizing firewall orchestration services to accomplish these goals as well as improve their business agility and overall security posture.
As an example, a Fortune 100 company with a small team managing over 300 on-premises and cloud firewalls sought to improve security of business-critical assets through the implementation of a firewall management platform. The company needed to architect a technology independent solution for their firewall orchestration. The solution included rule base optimization, custom change management workflow, integrations, and technical vendor management.
The company gained a number of benefits from implementing firewall orchestration:
Improved business agility and speed to market
Aligned cloud and traditional infrastructure and network technologies
Unified view of core and affiliate firewall infrastructure
Improved efficiency through automation-assisted firewall change control process
Reduced complexity through rule base optimization
Many organizations recognize the potential of these solutions to improve agility, efficiency, and security in their environment.