Firewall management

A typical enterprise network security infrastructure consist of traditional firewalls, next generation firewalls (NGFWs), virtual private networks (VPNs), and proxy servers from multiple vendors. Network security management and specifically firewall security management is especially tricky as each vendor differs greatly in their capabilities and technology nuances. However, there are numerous firewall management solutions available in the market. As a security administrator, you need an intelligent firewall management software that can help manage your firewall rules, configurations, and logs from different vendors.

What is firewall management?

Firewall management is the process of efficiently managing your firewall rules, configuration, logs and alerts. Thereby, bringing the best out of your existing network security infrastructure.

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Firewall management tool

Firewall Analyzer is policy management and configuration monitoring software. This firewall management system offers command line interface (CLI) and application program interface (API)-based configuration monitoring and supports Telnet, SSH, and SCP protocol for security and traffic analysis. It also helps security administrators track policy changes, optimize firewall performance, and maintain compliance standards. Let's take a closer look at the capabilities this smart firewall management solution has to offer.

Firewall policy management

Firewall Analyzer's policy management module helps you:

  • Gain visibility over your entire rule set.
  • Detect and record anomalies in redundancy, generalization, correlation, shadow, and grouping in your firewall.
  • Gain insight on how to improve performance by changing the rule order.
  • Automate firewall rule administration.
  • Determine if a new rule will negatively impact the existing rule set.

With these capabilities (Firewall Management Policy), security administrators get complete control over their firewall policies, which helps with optimizing policies.

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Firewall configuration monitoring

Firewall Analyzer fetches configuration changes from firewall devices and generates change management reports to help you find who made what changes, when, and why. Firewall Analyzer also sends real-time alerts to your phone when changes happen. This report ensures that all the configurations and subsequent changes made in your firewall are captured periodically and stored in a database.

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Firewall log analysis

Firewall Analyzer generates log reports and provides security and traffic analytics. Using firewall software, you can:

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Firewall security compliance management

Firewall Analyzer generates out-of-the-box compliance reports for the following industry standards:

  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  • ISO 27001:2013
  • NIST Special Publication 800-53
  • NERC's Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Standards
  • SANS Institutes’ Firewall Checklist

With these reports, you can track the compliance status of the configurations on your firewall devices.

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Firewall alarm management

Firewall Analyzer generates alerts automatically and notifies network administrators when a set threshold is crossed. Any alarm that is generated is recorded in the product UI. These alarms can be sent in real time via email and SMS. Alarms can also trigger scripts to automate your incident response the very moment an attack is detected.

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Distributed firewall management

Firewall Analyzer addresses the firewall management needs of both large enterprises and managed security service providers (MSSPs) with its distributed monitoring capabilities. Firewall Analyzer’s Enterprise edition is a scalable solution that can monitor multiple firewalls across the globe from a central location (Centralized Firewall Management). This helps security administrators of large enterprises who need to manage all their network security devices from a single location.

Multi-vendor support

One of the main strengths of Firewall Analyzer is its capability to handle different firewall vendors. Firewall Analyzer can manage rules and monitor configurations for the following vendors:

Download Firewall Analyzer for free and start managing your firewall policy, configurations, and logs.

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