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The Value of a Firewall Health Check
In this article, I am going to talk about the cost saving benefits of a Firewall Health Check and how it can improve your organizations security posture.
Why perform a security assessment?
The 2015 IRS breach
The Importance of a Security Assessment
Performing a security assessment allows companies to see if there are improvements to their security posture without having to go out and buy new “toys.” Unfortunately, it’s a common trend I see in most of the organizations I step into, across all business types and sizes: Money was spent on procuring a best-of-breed solution, time was invested in getting it set up, and some measure of time later the changes performed have all been operational. Security is always a moving target, with standards and best practices changing frequently; organizations that do not adjust and adapt to the changes are usually left behind and leave themselves open for exploitation by adversaries. Just ask the IRS.
You’ve invested your money and time into your existing IT security platforms, so before replacing them, it’s best to re-evaluate how they are deployed and used to see if they are being used to their fullest potential. There are a few ways to accomplish this, of course, but for my EITS team members and me, this usually comes in the form of a security assessment and a health check of some kind. Anything that can be hardened and made compliant can then have a health check performed against it. For example, the most obvious icon of network security in our modern security environment is the firewall. The firewall is most often where you can make the most impact in the shortest amount of time by performing a health check. The exact process you would go through will vary somewhat depending on the make and model of the firewall, of course. Still, the concepts and areas to evaluate will stay the same – in the same way that a Ford Focus and a Jeep Cherokee are different vehicles produced by two unrelated companies and yet can be mechanically serviced in much the same way.