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An Analysis of Firewall Rulebase (mis)Management Practices

Posted on February 1, 2009 in Articles | by

Firewalls are complex security devices that protect information assets from external attack. Natural aging of their rulebases and administrator error combine to create a high likelihood of policy misconfiguration. These configuration errors can pose significant risks to the security of protected environments, due to both accidental promiscuity and the cognitive difficulties inherent in analyzing large rulebases. We recently conducted an analysis of self-reported data about firewall rulebase management practices in modern organizations, reaching the conclusion that most currently deployed firewalls are poorly managed.

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Published in the ISSA Journal, February 2009

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Mike Chapple, CISSP, Ph.D.

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