Poor firewall management defeats the firewall's intended purpose of access control by becoming ineffective and limiting visibility into what access is actually permitted. Poor management also increases the cost associated with security management.
The results of poor firewall policy management include unnecessary rules with excessive complexity, overly permissive access and unnecessary risk and performance degradation; all of which lead to higher costs that can be avoided. These problems can be addressed with both short-term and long-term activities to clean up the firewall now, and to prevent this situation from returning.
Download this whitepaper which discusses:
- The implications of firewall policy complexity;
- Why it remains a problem today;
- The best-practice recommendations to resolve it.