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Managing Enterprise Security

by skathuria on ‎10-28-2013 10:08 AM

                           

 

 

Security management in today’s enterprise is like navigating the open ocean. You’re on an extended journey and any given day can bring smooth sailing, stormy seas or a rogue wave big enough to sink your entire network.

 

Managing network security requires vigilance and a strong infrastructure. It also requires a sound security strategy.

 

For one, the advent of SIEM (security information and event management) solutions has relieved security teams from the burdensome task of manually combing through massive amounts of security logs. It also relieves them of the duty of aggregating event data and deriving meaning from it – basically, performing security analysis. And, thanks to offerings from a number of technology vendors (including Juniper’s Secure Analytics), that heavy lifting can now be automated.

 

Another important aspect of security management for distributed Enterprises is being able to centrally view and manage policy across multiple firewall deployments. Manually configuring and updating policies for each firewall in each location isn’t feasible. The best solution? Utilize a centralized security management tool.

 

Read more about these two aspects of Security Management for Enterprises in this article. With the right network security tools in place, organizations can better anticipate security concerns and keep moving full steam ahead, safely and securely.

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Network Security Management -- it’s all about Operational Efficiency

by skathuria ‎06-13-2013 09:00 AM - edited ‎06-13-2013 10:21 AM

                                                             

Juniper recently launched the next version of its security management offering, Junos Space Security Director. When we talk to our customers about what they expect from such a product, we hear time and time again that what matters most to them is:

1) Security management is easy, not burdensome

2) Security management shouldn’t hinder business operations

 

As a case in point, one of Juniper’s Ambassadors shared his view of the latest Junos Space Security Director software release. Scott Ware, a Security Engineer who manages hundreds of SRX firewalls, shares the following:

 

“I must say, with the 13.1 release I am extremely pleased and impressed! The added features/functionality in this release had even further been able to save us so much time when deploying all of our SRX Series Services Gateways, along with day-to-day functions. The ability to now import variable definitions is HUGE. I cannot tell you how happy I am that now all I have to do is import a spreadsheet instead of spend time manually defining everything.”

 

What Scott describes was made possible with the support in Junos Space Security Director 13.1 of read/write APIs, enabling automatic configuration of firewall policies. By using Junos Space Security Director to efficiently deploy security policies for multiple firewall devices (SRX Series Services Gateways), Scott and his co-workers are able to realize cost savings in the forms of time and labor. As they grow their network and add more firewall devices, they can rest assured that pertinent security policies will easily be applied to the new devices.

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Simplifying Network Security Management

by skathuria ‎05-03-2013 01:51 PM - edited ‎05-03-2013 01:53 PM

So you are responsible for IT Security at an organization that just purchased multiple Juniper firewalls (SRX Series Services Gateways), and had them installed (powered up and on the network) at each of your branch office locations. Now what? You will need to have a security administrator configure and deploy security policies to each of the devices, all while making sure you can maintain a sound security posture and maintain regulatory compliance even amidst changes in your network (e.g., new applications introduced on the network, users attempting to access a brand new Web site, software updates, etc.). What could help minimize the burden is a strong network security management solution, one that you can depend on to quickly administer security policies, instantly view the security posture across the distributed enterprise, and easily update policies with.

 

Junos® Space Security Director, formerly known as Security Design, is an application running on the open Junos Space Network Management Platform. Junos Space Security Director  is essentially a security management building block that provides extensive security scale, policy control, and reach across the network. Security administrators can use it to speed and simplify security administration and reduce management costs and errors with efficient security policy and workflow tools. Additional benefits of  Junos Space Security Director are that you can:

  • Scale security policy across multiple Juniper Networks® SRX Series Services Gateways, or manage multiple LSYS instances on a single SRX Series device.
  • Centrally configure and manage application security (e.g., AppSecure), firewall, VPN, IPS, and NAT security policy through one scalable management interface.
  • Define and enforce policies for controlling usage of specific applications such as Facebook, instant messaging, and embedded social networking widgets through included AppFW management.
  • Reuse security policies within Junos Space Security Director for improved security enforcement accuracy, consistency, and compliance.
  • Build the infrastructure for further management innovation across the network through the open and secure Junos Space Network Management Platform integration.

 

While the product has been renamed, it will continue to have all of the benefits it has had to date and we will continue to innovate further based on customer needs.  Whether you have a few Juniper firewalls today and will have many more tomorrow, Junos Space Security Director can help ease the task of managing policies for all. Smiley Happy

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