FireMon Security Manager with Risk Analyzer and Policy Planner
Strengths: Visual-based analysis of the network infrastructure making it easy to find weaknesses in security policy
Weaknesses: Higher price point
Verdict: Good product with a bit of a learning curve and somewhat pricey. Overall worth a close look
FireMon Security Manager with Risk Analyzer and Policy Planner modules offers comprehensive network security management, including firewall and router risk analysis, policy compliance auditing, change management and risk analysis.
It features tools that allow administrators and security professionals to analyse the entire network infrastructure through visualisation. This provides an easy and intuitive way to see where possible risks and weak points may be found in the network so that they can be assessed quickly before they become a bigger problem. Also available are fully integrated change management and rule cleanup capabilities, as well as remediation recommendations and on-going change monitoring.
We found the initial setup and configuration of this appliance to be quite simple and had it up and running within minutes of turning it on. The first step of the installation is to connect a monitor and keyboard to the appliance and power it on and we were greeted with a short setup wizard. This allowed us to configure all the initial settings of the appliance, including IP and network settings. Once this was completed we were able to access the appliance through the Security Manager GUI client application for all further configuration and management.
Once in the management interface we noticed the true power of the FireMon product. To start, the interface is elegantly designed and quite intuitive to navigate. We found it easy to add devices and begin the process of analysis. Also included are a multitude of automation and visual analysis capabilities.
Overall, we found this tool to be quite comprehensive in features and functionality for complete policy management. It also includes many regulatory compliance reporting templates for PCI DSS, HIPAA, NERC and NSA, among others.
Documentation provided includes quick-start, getting-started, administrator and user guides. We find all these to complement each other and to be well organised and easy to follow, with clear instructions, detail and screenshots.
FireMon offers silver and gold support levels to customers as part of an on-going support and maintenance program. Each option includes various levels of phone- and email-based technical aid, as well as access to an online portal containing many resources, including product update and upgrade downloads and a knowledgebase.
At a price of £16,420 for the hardware, software and licensing, this product may seem a bit pricey for some organisations, but we find it is reasonable overall, as it includes a lot of functionality. With the FireMon Security Manager with Risk Analyzer and Policy Planner in place, organisations can not only find and remediate risk points, but easily manage on-going security policy and policy change.