Infrastructure Change Management

The ever-increasing number and sophistication of threats has placed unprecedented pressure on information security managers, forcing them to meet external regulatory compliance requirements or internal security mandates in order to protect their businesses. Whether you have one or several compliance initiatives to respond to, todays leading edge solutions automate the assessment of IT controls and provides a streamlined way to remediate non-compliant settings. This means that maintaining continuous compliance becomes a minor part of your daily operations — instead of separately managed projects that provide only temporary compliance and the illusion of security. Unfortunately, many organizations achieve compliance through last-minute heroics to generate proof of controls for auditors. This moment-in-time approach to compliance increases the workload and costs, yet provides little protection from IT security threats.

  • Security configuration management (SCM), a critical security control, hardens configurations to prevent breaches and immediately detects and corrects any subsequent changes that weaken them.
  • Attackers are patient, laying frameworks for future exfiltration of data.
  • Data at risk can be Intellectual property, PHI, Financial Data.
  • Basic controls include monitoring changes on infrastructure devices against a preferred state which provides valuable focus on effective infiltrations.

Firewall Operational Effectiveness, Change Management, Compliance

Firewall management remains an organization’s primary network defense. It commands more time from network security managers than virtually any other activity and it is easy to get it wrong, particularly by IT administrators doing double duty as their organizations' IT security staff. Configuration is a moving target. Organizations are constantly in motion, and implementing a corporate security policy is not a one-shot deal. Every day, configuration changes are made in response to user requests for networsk access, security threats and changes to the network structure. Monitoring, tracking and analyzing these configuration changes is probably one of the biggest challenges facing security administrators today. Whether it is continuous real-time tracking, full accountability, monitoring and updating with change browsers, real-time alerts and tracking changes to the Firewall OS, today’s offerings provide the solutions.

A change management plan should:

  • Establish an accepted approach for requesting policy changes, setting and enforcing policy requirements, tracking policy violations with root cause analysis.
  • Implement role based access for proper controls, identifying who can and cannot authorize a change.
  • Centralize vulnerability, threat management, firewall management to efficiently prioritize threats, create, distribute and enforce policies.
  • Create an audit trail to track requests, actions and results of a firewall change.
  • Quickly comply with PCI DSS, SOX, ISO, NSA, NERC, FISMA.
  • Optimize rulesets from disparate vendor firewalls.
  • Offline testing of rulesets

Change management requires more than a set of software tools. Change Management is a process that enforces discipline on the network and requires agreement from everyone with access to the firewall configuration. Network client’s behavior will eventually be undermined without clear auditing, enforcement, and a communication policy and priorities.


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  • Protecting patient privacy in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).
  • Analytics and reports enable reviewing of information system activity such as audit logs and access reports.
  • Centralize management and tracking of security incidents.
  • Record and examine activity in systems - analytics are then automated as enforced policies to proactively alert users of any activity that is being tracked or audited.
  • Best practices guides on how other customers implemented formal audit policies and how to communicate that to the work force.
  • Centralize where and how applications are audited and automated as enforced policies.
  • All investigations can be centrally managed within the product
  • Governance and dashboard reports give executive views of the effectiveness of the policies being enforced