At this year's RSA conference, we spoke with IT Harvest's Richard Stiennon to chat about innovations in the firewall market. Of all the meetings we had at the show, this was one of my favorites.
As Richard points, out, when it comes to firewalls, the old "moat and castle" model of perimeter security no longer applies. Today's firewall management challenge is not to maintain a single enterprise perimeter, but to control access into and across countless network segments and ensure that the services running on those networks are available. Control the flow of traffic and connectivity across those segments, and you control the flow of business.
It's that simple.
With that being the case, it's a good thing we have "tamed the firewall."
But that is just the beginning. Now that rule bases can be brought under control, we have set our sights on automating change processes. If what we have done with customers such as SIX (which manages the network infrastructure for the Swiss Stock Exchange) and Kabel Deutschland (Germany's largest cable operator) is any indication, automating processes at the network level can accelerate the pace of business in meaningful way.