Network operation teams are forced to deal with constantly changing business demands, security mandates, and industry compliance requirements. Additionally, development teams are moving faster with the prevalence of cloud, microservices, and DevOps technologies. They are increasingly leaning on security and network teams for quicker turnaround times to access required infrastructure.
With a proper automation platform, optimized workflows, and a DevOps culture in place, these burdens can be significantly reduced.
Policy and configuration automation solutions can streamline the typically complex process to provide your team with secure access to resources they need across multiple network domains and firewalls.
Integrating automation tools with configuration databases, security policy managers, and ITSM platforms, like ServiceNow, can eliminate the delays resulting from cross-department interactions and manual configurations while maintaining necessary governance and compliance.
Keeping up with ever changing landscape of security vulnerabilities in the network is a daunting task. A wide variety of software tools are used to address the challenges but are often loosely coupled. A proper automation solution should streamline the end-to-end process of identifying and verifying vulnerabilities, as well as the acquisition, testing, and installation of multiple patches to an administered network.
Proactively compare deployed software/firmware and configuration of your infrastructure as vendor security advisories are released. Resulting remediation can be code upgrades or configuring a workaround to the vulnerability across large quantities of devices.
Implementing firewall rule changes manually is an error prone tasks that involves several parties. It is also tedious and complex because it involves security reviews, builds, implementations, and verifications. These complexities cause delays which lead to long lead times. Additionally, rules tend to be implemented irregularly without adhereance to standards, which creates troubleshooting issues and invites security gaps.
Network to Code has developed a NetDevOps-driven firewall automation solution that integrates with ITSM platforms like ServiceNow. This solution can automate approvals, technical reviews, configuration builds, implementations, adjustments, removals, and be tailored for specific environments. Over the course of a year, an organization can expect to save thousands of hours. Furthermore, the solution expedites the delivery of requests by qualifying submissions for completeness and policy adherence. The end result delivers configuration uniformity with programmatic execution eliminating the burden of managing firewalls.
Take the next step on your automation journey. Embrace self-service that works for Firewall Automation. Free up security engineers to focus on higher-priority tasks, and expedite those ever-growing requests from your business operations teams.
By computationally building firewall rules and executing the implementations via automation, there is higher throughput, enhanced security, and greater uniformity. There is a reduction of snowflake objects and polices in your Firewalls. With automation, your team liberates security engineers to engage in more important work.
You own how much manual control over the review process is necessary. While it’s possible to completely automate these reviews for the majority of submissions, it is understood that this may not work in all organizations. After a thorough automated review, the task can be sent for build and implementation or paused for manual approval. It is also possible to have high-level of flexibility, with common or “standard” requests being fully automated and uncommon requests requiring a manual approval.
By automating the firewall rule enforcement process, it is possible to reduce the occurrences of security gaps, duplicate rules, and unnecessary rules that are commonly associated with manual processes. Through advanced integrations and processes, it is also possible to automate “garbage cleanup” cleaning up those rules that never get hit or are duplicates of others elsewhere in your policies.
Ensure your firewall rule automation get used. Embrace self-service portals with existing tools (or new if necessary) enabling developers and non-technical personnel to ensure that they’ve submitted their requests properly. This greatly reduces the odds of a “first step” rejection.
Using Batfish, you can build automated tests that are executed before and after network and security changed to guarantee the state of your infrastructure. You have the ability to run pre-change tests to ensure your change is not going to bring down a router, firewall, or complete fleet of devices.
Automate security changes before they happen with Batfish. Ensure your change does not break applications and existing firewall policies. Additionally, analyze your existing policies to find out which policies aren’t getting used due to organic growth, rule ordering, or ever-changing standards and designs.
Analyze routing changes before they happen to ensure non-stop network reachability and application performance. Perform automated network modeling to ensure success of every routing change on the network.
Adopt NetDevOps principles by deploying CI/CD pipelines powered by Batfish. Users are able to model their network virtually in software as network data is changed in their Git repositories. Users can update YAML data that triggers building a new network configuration that is then analyzed for correctness followed by running tests that ensure network and application reachability will remain after the change is made.
For advanced network users and users of Batfish, NTC offers extensive services around adding and extending existing Batfish models to ensure you can continue to model multi-vendor networks and have the safest and most trusted network changes possible.
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