Firewall Security Management Software Overview
What is Firewall Security Management Software?
Firewall Security Management Software supports monitoring and configuration of firewalls from a central dashboard. The software may monitor firewalls, physical and virtual, as well as routers, load balancers, and switches. Through real-time event tracking the software can correlate network behavior to potential threats. Firewall security management software can send notifications if it detects changes to security policy or potential vulnerabilities created by policy change. Firewall security management software leverages best practice knowledge to minimize these security issues.
Beyond supporting a wide range of firewalls, firewall security management software integrates with many related network security products. These include SIEM, network monitoring, and IT service management suites. Firewall security management software products support change and configuration across a variety of network environments. They support IoT security, as well as migration to or securing of a public, private, or hybrid cloud. They secure software-defined networks (SDN) and data centers with continuous compliance and real-time security controls
Features & Capabilities of Firewall Security Management Software
Top vendors offer the following feature sets to manage firewall policy and configuration:
Support for traditional firewalls and next-generation firewalls (NGFW)
Automated network mapping, hybrid-cloud support
Policy planning and rule management
Automated policy orchestration
Connectivity discovery / device detection
Automated firewall policy change management
Coordinate policy across firewalls & cloud security infrastructure
Continuous monitoring, real-time event monitoring
Single pane of glass monitoring console
Policy compliance auditing
Firewall rule cleanup, misconfiguration detection
Attack path simulation and testing
Anomalous event or behavior identification
Best practice firewall implementation, analysis
Automated policy optimization, workflow
Vulnerability detection, fix recommendation
Many firewall security management software vendors offer free trials of their products, after which they’re available for annual subscriptions. Subscriptions are generally designed to support enterprises with their complex networking needs but may come at different pricing tiers. Tiers vary by number of devices to be supported. Also higher tier plans may include more advanced enterprise-specific features. These might include multiple site or geographic-specific controls.
Additionally, some vendors offer some modularity, via inclusion more project-oriented products. Ancillary products more limited in scope might encompass cloud migration, IoT protection, or simpler firewall configuration analysis and compliance checking, as opposed to full-scale policy orchestration.