SOURCE: Secure Passage

Secure Passage

March 02, 2010 11:00 ET

Secure Passage and F5 Team Up to Deliver FireMon Support for F5 BIG-IP Devices

Partnership Enables Customers to Enhance Security and Compliance Capabilities for BIG-IP Application Delivery Networking Solutions

OVERLAND PARK, KS and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) -  RSA Conference, Booth 655 -- Secure Passage, a provider of innovative security management solutions, today announced FireMon support for F5® BIG-IP® solutions through the F5 Networks' Technology Alliance Program (TAP). By partnering with F5, the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, Secure Passage gains access to F5 technology solutions and resources, maximizing the value of deploying the companies' products together.

"Real-world risk is realized when changes to critical security components go either unnoticed or become operationally inconsistent," said Jeff Sherwood, Principal Security Strategist at H&R Block. "Secure Passage has been helping H&R Block mitigate this risk for years by providing visibility and assurances in ways we simply couldn't do without FireMon. Since H&R Block is a customer of both Secure Passage and F5, this announcement is great news for us and the industry. This opportunity to extend the visibility offered by Secure Passage into the F5 application delivery model will significantly benefit anyone needing to ensure consistency and compliance with their internal governance and overall information security management program."

Secure Passage's flagship product, FireMon, is the information security industry's leading firewall and network device management solution. More than 350 global enterprises and government agencies use FireMon to manage and document complete rule lifecycles for thousands of distributed firewalls and network devices, which enables them to gain complete visibility of all network traffic and to generate on-demand, customized audit reports that prove devices are in compliance with internal security policies and industry regulations. Through the TAP partnership, FireMon provides joint customers with enhanced management, security and monitoring capabilities.

"Secure Passage is focused on providing the information security industry with solutions that empower security teams, enabling them to maximize the security and compliance capabilities of their network devices while reducing the cost and complexity of security and compliance operations," said Jody Brazil, president and CTO of Secure Passage. "By integrating our technology with F5 solutions, we will be able to significantly increase our footprint in the network device management market and provide our customers with the ability to standardize management across all of their major-brand network devices."

F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM™) and Global Traffic Manager™ (GTM™) provide the most intelligent and adaptable solution to secure, optimize, and deliver mission-critical applications and websites. FireMon provides real-time operations management for security and network devices throughout an enterprise to control changes, simplify management tasks, and enforce configuration compliance.

Together, F5 and Secure Passage solutions provide users with:

  • Change Control: FireMon provides real-time, auditable change control; a complete configuration change display; immediate notification of when changes are made; and customizable reports. This timely information makes it possible to proactively fix issues before they become problems.
  • Configuration Analysis: Detailed, automated reports generated by FireMon ensure accuracy and prevent oversight of critical changes that can occur in manual audit report inspections. This significantly reduces the time and resources needed to perform rule base inspections.
  • Business Continuity Reporting: FireMon remotely monitors F5 BIG-IP LTM and GTM configurations, enabling administrators to verify consistency of configurations across all monitored devices. FireMon measures clustered devices for full configuration synchronization and ensures critical object consistency across enterprise-wide devices. Configuration anomalies, when detected, result in immediate alerts and detailed reporting, minimizing their impact on business operations.

"F5 is pleased that Secure Passage has joined our Technology Alliance Program," said Calvin Rowland, VP of Application Partner Programs at F5. "When it comes to selecting technology partners, we set the bar high to offer compelling business benefits to our customers. Through collaborative partnerships with leaders in adjacent markets, F5 can help organizations enhance the value of their application delivery environments. Through the efforts of this partnership, joint customers can count on interoperability, streamlined performance, and optimal security when deploying Secure Passage and F5 solutions in concert."

About F5 Networks
F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5's flexible solution portfolio enables organizations to enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver application and data services that generate true business value. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to

F5, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, LTM, Global Traffic Manager, and GTM are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Secure Passage
Secure Passage is a customer-focused company that brings innovative solutions to security management. Secure Passage's flagship product, FireMon, is the industry-leading firewall and network device policy, risk and compliance management solution that simplifies and automates the analysis of configuration and change management processes to enhance security, optimize performance, and speed compliance reporting. FireMon analyzes changes and performs audits in real time, simplifies policy management, and enforces configuration governance across firewalls, switches, routers, and other network devices. FireMon is the only solution on the market that can be customized to meet the unique audit and compliance reporting requirements for networks of all sizes while enabling IT organizations to do more with less effort. Enterprise-strength deployments of FireMon around the world support more than 25,000 security devices from vendors such as Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, and McAfee. For more information, visit

FireMon and the FireMon logo are registered trademarks of Secure Passage, LLC. All other products or company names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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