Firewalls are the front-line soldiers, who sit strategically at the edge of your network and defend it from various security threats. Firewalls require constant maintenance and management to ensure that they are accurately configured for optimal security, continuous compliance, and high performance.Manual firewall configuration and change management is a time-consuming, error-prone, and headache-fraught task, especially in today’s increasingly complex and dynamic networks and, for organizations dealing with dozens, or very commonly, hundreds of individual firewalls, routers and other network security devices, manual configuration and ongoing ACL changes can quickly become a management nightmare.If not managed correctly, organizations can find themselves exposed to dangerous cyber threats and compliance risks, which can lead to costly repercussions.The key to keeping up with ever-changing and ever-growing firewall rule-sets is automation.By automating firewall configuration and change analysis, organizations can achieve not only stronger security, but significant operational efficiencies. A network-aware firewall analysis tool is the best solution to perform intelligent analysis and reporting around security rules across all firewall and layer 3 devices in the network. One such tool is Firewall Security Manager (FSM) from SolarWinds.SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) is a great solution, offered by an excellent and well-respected company, for the organizations and companies who need expert management and reporting on their most critical security devices. Installing and configuring the product is relatively straight forward and multiple clients can be deployed, allowing more than one administrator to access the system concurrently.
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