WatchGuard Technologies have launched a new integrated policy mapping capability which provides 'X-ray' vision into firewall configuration and network traffic.
Available in the latest version of WatchGuard Dimension, Policy Map provides a comprehensive view of traffic flow and policy impact across the entire network, with the ability to quickly filter or drill down for additional detail and analysis.
According to a 2014 Verizon Report, there’s a strong correlation between a badly configured firewall and the likelihood of a security breach.
Dimension Policy Map aggregates disparate information about policies, interfaces, applications and related traffic flows, and presents it in a simple, intuitive and interactive visualisation dashboard.
It can be used for policy audit, to find active and misconfigured policies, to identify unusual/abnormal traffic patterns, to visually check if firewall policies or configuration changes have the intended impact on traffic patterns, and much more.
Watchguard vice president of corporate and product strategy, Dave R. Taylor, said security policies were the brains of a firewall and dictated the effectiveness of any firewall configuration and directly impacted customers’ network protection.
“Given the tremendous customer uptake for Dimension on a global basis, we recognised an opportunity to improve their security management and help eliminate errors by giving network administrators a powerful tool for visualising policy analysis," he said.
"They can now see policies like never before and instantly evaluate the impact on the network or user.”
The Beyond Policy Map, the newest update to Dimension brings a variety of additional reporting and new dashboard features that include information on zero-day malware, details about website visits and traffic disposition, enhanced navigation, and consolidated CA certificate management.
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