Friday, September 20, 2013

Next-Generation Firewalls Benefit from Local Management

Secure your firewall by taking its management
interface out of the network path and more
with Uplogix
Lots of firewall news this week. First, HP announced its Next-Generation Firewall line, joining Palo Alto Networks, Cisco and Check Point in the evolving world of firewalls that blend traditional port-based controls with application controls and intrusion prevention.

Then, there was the news that Iran's firewall was down. Tweets and Facebook posts celebrated the unexpected freedom until hours later when the firewall returned. Word from the Iranian government board that oversees the Internet blamed a "technical failure regarding some Internet service providers."

No matter what you are protecting with your firewalls, they are a critical part of network infrastructure. As firewall features expand to deal with increasing threats, Uplogix continues to provide secure device management automation that reduces operational expenses while improving uptime. 

Secure Administration

As a tool for IT security specialists to use for secure administration, Uplogix takes the management interface for the firewall out of the network path, which reduces potential exploits of the firewall through denial of service or intrusion. Local management provides secure device access by maintaining and enforcing AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) regardless of the state of the network; granular, role-based permissioning; logging and compliance reporting; and session management. These features help to securely manage firewalls and other devices remotely, saving both response time and physical security by allowing exports to support distributed networks from a central location.

Configuration Management

For key players in the firewall market, like Cisco and Juniper, Uplogix has advanced capabilities that support device configuration management by allowing administrators to stage configurations locally, and by providing a built-in safety net, SurgicalRollback, that can quickly recover and minimize the impact of a failed configuration change. With configuration issues commonly regarded as the cause of upwards of 60% of network downtime, providing firewall administrators with backup is crucial for maintaining overall network security.

“Even though firewalls and IPS devices are merging into what’s being called Next-Generation Firewalls, many of the same management issues remain,” said James Dollar, Uplogix founder and CTO. “The Uplogix proposition of securely managing remote devices through Local Management is only growing stronger as the security stakes rise higher.”

High-res Out-of-Band Monitoring

Going beyond secure administration, Local Management provides high-resolution out-of-band monitoring that pulls detailed device information as well as that of other managed devices in the stack, regardless of the state of the network. This allows for a more holistic viewpoint and means that even if there are network problems that would foil SNMP polling and attempts at remote troubleshooting, Uplogix is able to continue monitoring of network security devices over a direct connection.

Security is one of the key features of Uplogix Local Management, whether applied to security devices such as firewalls, or other network devices like routers and switches. Deployed in some of the most secure networks in the defense and financial industries, Uplogix is proven in security. 

For more information on Uplogix secure administration for critical network security devices, please visit Uplogix.com.