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Is Your Perimeter Firewall Enough?

It’s not unnecessary, but a perimeter firewall is not enoughPicture this: innocent end-user at a mid-size commercial firm clicks on an email link originating in a phishing email attack. Sigh. The bad actor is now already behind the firewall. Without lateral controls, the exploit can quickly propagate throughout the network. In fact, according to our recent Threat Landscape Report, email is still the number one vector to deliver malware, and 4% of all emails are malicious. So if you have 701 emails in your inbox right now (no? just me?) 28 of them may be malicious. Yikes.  

See What Evaded the Perimeter Threat Landscape Report

Most data center traffic happens within the data center and behind perimeter firewalls—a.k.a. east-west traffic, internal traffic, or lateral traffic—as opposed to north-south traffic, which is inbound/outbound. Likewise, most of the high-profile attacks in recent times have involved malware sitting inside the network, moving laterally from server to server and remaining undetected for months. This is what causes real damage. You simply need more visibility and control in east-west traffic to prevent attackers’ lateral movement.

Perimeter Firewalls Weren’t Made to Secure East-West Traffic

It’s true, traditional appliance-based firewalls Continue reading

4 Data Center Security Issues That Will Make You Rethink Firewalling

Recall what was happening a decade ago? While 2011 doesn’t seem that long ago (you rememberthe Royal Wedding, Kim Kardashian’s divorce, and of course Charlie Sheen’s infamous meltdown), a lot has changed in 10 years. Back then, most data centers were just starting to experiment with virtualization. Remember when it was considered safe for only a handful of non-essential workloads to go virtual? Well, today about half of the servers globally have become virtualized, and we’ve moved well beyond just virtualization. Nearly every enterprise data center has become a hybrid environment, with a mix of physical and virtual storage and compute resources. Containerization and the technologies supporting it are starting to take hold. And of course, cloud computing has become pervasive in all aspects of enterprise computing. 

Now, the business benefits of today’s software-defined data center are many, especially in terms of resource efficiency and cost savings. But there’s no denying that complexity has also increased, because all the same resources are still needed—compute, storage, switching, routingbut now any number of these resources may be on-prem or in the Continue reading