Policy Change Management Automation
In complex network environments, managing multiple firewalls from different vendors can become a laborious task, particularly when there are high volumes of policy change requests. The process of identifying the need for change, defining outcomes, developing a plan, communicating with stakeholders, and monitoring the change’s effectiveness is time-consuming.
Due to the volume or complexity of change requests, this operational activity often becomes the security team’s primary focus, detracting from other important tasks. Adding to the challenge is the need for a convoluted change approval process which is needed to protect the principle of segregation of duties.
Manual firewall policy implementation is both time-consuming and prone to errors. Automating this process, as with policy change automation, brings two significant benefits. It saves valuable time by relieving the security team of repetitive tasks, it reduces risk, as the built-in approval process ensures careful consideration of security policies and potential risks before changes are implemented. Automation is the key to efficient and secure firewall management.
Policy Automation with Opinnate:
Opinnate’s policy automation module offers a rich set of features to help overcome challenges hindering policy management. The platform;
- automates repetitive tasks like simple rule additions, adding an IP or multiple IPs to a group.
- handles server cloning based on current network paths and even different domains.
- supports application, FQDN and user based policy setting.
- can define networks with roles and add these to a matrix for automatically referencing against the Corporate Security Policy. This matrix automates the process of approving or rejecting change requests based on compliance with or violation of the corporate security policy.
- also contains a built-in help desk tool, to further improve the efficacy of the change control process, supporting auto rejection if certain criteria are not met.
What are the differences?
- All-in-one policy management
- No need for a management product from any firewall vendor
- More use case scenarios for real needs
- Short deployment and enablement
Why are these good for you?
- Lower TCO
- A comprehensive but simpler-to-use solution
- Less dependency to tools (Firewall management consoles, firewall analyzer)
- Less resource usage