Automation critical to scalable network security

Securing the business network has been and continues to be one of the top initiatives for engineers. Suffering a breach can have catastrophic consequences to a business, including lawsuits, fines, and brand damage from which some companies never recover.

To combat this, security professionals have deployed a number of security tools, including next-generation firewalls (NGFW) such as Cisco’s Firepower, which is one of the most widely deployed in the industry. 

Managing firewalls becomes increasingly difficult

Managing a product like Firepower has become increasingly difficult, though, because the speed at which changes need to be made has increased. Digital businesses operate at a pace never seen before in the business world, and the infrastructure teams need to keep up. If they can’t operate at this accelerated pace, the business will suffer. And firewall rules continue to grow in number and complexity, making it nearly impossible to update them manually.

Tufin unveils new features to automate the management of Firepower

This week at Cisco Live, network security policy orchestration vendor Tufin announced the release of Tufin Orchestration Suite R18-1 (TOS 18-1), which includes several new features, including enhanced support and integration for Cisco Firepower. As far as I am aware, TOS 18-1 is first to automate change management for Cisco Firepower policies for customers using Cisco Firepower Management Center (FMC).