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.
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