SOURCE: AlgoSec

AlgoSec

April 21, 2009 09:00 ET

AlgoSec Releases FireFlow™ Into Public Availability

Change Workflow Solution Automates Network Security Policy Lifecycle, Streamlining Operations and Bolstering Security

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - AlgoSec, the leading provider of Firewall Operations and Security Risk Management solutions, today announced that the company's highly anticipated FireFlow offering, an end-to-end policy change workflow solution, is now publicly available. Originally launched into closed beta last summer with select customers, AlgoSec now opens FireFlow up to all enterprises and the security experts, consultants and integrators serving them through the channel.

Called "instrumental" by analysts Frost & Sullivan, FireFlow automates the disjointed and manual processes for ensuring firewall policy changes are approved, necessary and implemented as intended. FireFlow provides an automated policy change management solution that allows enterprises to reduce risk, enforce security policies and increase operational efficiency.

The AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer (AFA) and FireFlow products provide an unparalleled combination of comprehensive operations, risk, compliance and change management technologies. FireFlow is built on AFA technology that provides unprecedented analysis of firewalls, routers and VPNs and is the first solution to automate the entire life cycle of network security policy change requests from submission through audit.

Automating workflow management and providing transparency to key stakeholders throughout the lifecycle, FireFlow delivers an unprecedented level of IT governance in the network security arena by providing end-to-end accountability. FireFlow assists network administrators to translate business requests into actionable policy changes and it retains existing change management processes for submitting ticket requests including email and web forms, eliminating the need to train end users.

FireFlow integrates seamlessly with multiple enterprise change management systems including, BMC Remedy, HP ServiceCenter (formerly Peregrine) and others, and supports multiple vendors, including Check Point, Cisco and Juniper.

With FireFlow enterprises can now:

--  Automate the process of multiple change requests
--  Manage changes in multi-vendor, multi-device environments
--  Verify changes are pre-approved
--  Understand if a need really exists to implement a change
--  Discover which policies are affected by the change
--  Identify the impact on the security posture
--  Ensure changes are executed as intended
--  Avoid bloat of the policy rule base
--  Comply with corporate and regulatory standards
--  Link change request tickets to actual rule changes
--  Produce audit-ready reports of the change life cycle
    

"Highly effective change management is a top priority for today's enterprise, and that is never more true than when addressing network security policy changes," said Avishai Wool, AlgoSec co-founder and CTO. "The security policies of today's enterprise networks -- whether globally distributed or locally contained -- are dynamic and constantly changing as more and more stakeholders from security, networking and even line-of-business teams are becoming intertwined. FireFlow integrates across all these entities and with existing change management processes to provide for the first time an automated workflow solution dedicated to managing the network security policy lifecycle from beginning to end."

For more information on FireFlow visit: http://www.algosec.com/en/products/fireflow_overview.php

Pricing for FireFlow starts at $24,000.

About AlgoSec

AlgoSec is the leading provider of Firewall Operations and Security Risk Management solutions. AlgoSec's® exclusive technology is optimized for enterprises, MSPs, auditors and consultants to quantifiably increase their operational effectiveness. More than 300 leading organizations have selected AlgoSec's products -- AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer and FireFlow™ -- to intelligently automate what where traditionally manual, time- and labor-intensive tasks surrounding firewall, router and VPN management. This translates to significant cost savings and greater output for organizations without increasing headcount. AlgoSec also allows IT organizations to get more from their current infrastructures by extending the lifespan of existing security devices.

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