Michael Hamelin

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If you look at some of the headline-making breaches of the past few years, they all occurred at large companies with highly dynamic and complex computing environments. Securing these environments is impossible to do without automation, which is why so much of the innovation in IT security in recent years has been focused on automating security management. Network security is one area where systems have become too complex to manage manually. Let's take firewalls as a case in point. A single firewall can have hundreds or thousands of rules, each made up of three components: source, destination and service. Next-generation firewalls add at least two additional fields - users and applications. Larger companies have hundreds of firewalls, usually from multiple vendors, in multiple geographies, managed by different people. That's just for starters - any number of factors ... (more)