SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--RedSeal Networks, the leader in network infrastructure security management, announced today the issuance of U.S. Patent 8,479,257, “Method and apparatus for assessing policy compliance of as-built data networks”. The new patent further signifies the paradigm shift that is taking place in the firewall management market, moving away from antiquated approaches that are no longer effective in today’s complex security management landscape.
“RedSeal continues to invest in technology and engineering to extend our leadership position in world-class environments, and to bring the benefits of ‘top down’ security control to the mid-market”
This patent is a key element in RedSeal’s proactive threat prevention offerings, moving security oversight to a business-driven proactive stance, controlling the risks to the business and letting machines do the detail work, instead of the traditional reactive, laborious analysis of every change event. RedSeal’s patented approach allows a computer to check all the changes, flagging for human review only those changes that allow access beyond stated business requirements. Businesses see an immediate payoff in the elimination of a wasteful, non-scalable process where human effort is used to re-check each change made in the infrastructure. This results in significant time and cost savings while simultaneously yielding continued optimum compliance and protection.
“This patent recognizes RedSeal’s unique differentiators in the area of network access policy compliance and builds on a highly innovative and widely customer-leveraged portfolio of RedSeal patents in the same area,” said Parveen Jain, CEO, RedSeal Networks. “RedSeal continues to invest in technology and engineering to extend our leadership position in world-class environments, and to bring the benefits of ‘top down’ security control to the mid-market,” added Jain. “The innovations covered by this patent are an absolute requirement for large scale infrastructure, but are also easier and more effective for medium or smaller organizations.”
The patent describes a transformational approach to the management of access controls, a major burden for operations teams, for security, and for audit, across the world’s largest commercial and governmental enterprise networks.
“Complex networks need a ‘top-down’ end-to-end systems approach to visualization, analytics, and diagnostics, across all types and brands of interacting networking devices,” said Dr. Mike Lloyd, CTO, RedSeal Networks. “The ‘bottom-up’ approach, tracking only firewalls and one rule at a time does not work for security and risk management for enterprise-class networks. The problems with rule-set management are serious barriers to scale, to accuracy, and ultimately to business efficiency,” Lloyd adds.
For many of RedSeal’s enterprise customers, in this age of fast moving and evolving complex cyber threats, Continuous Monitoring efforts are built on the RedSeal platform for comprehensive threat mitigation where proactive agility, combined with efficient and effective remediation, is critical for business continuity. “This requires RedSeal’s revolutionary approach to infrastructure security management and not the 1990’s process for change control with minor improvements,” exclaimed Lloyd.
Large government agencies and global corporations get unique end-to-end views of their network security posture, which cannot be obtained from detail-oriented tracking of individual device configuration details. This latest patent extends existing inventions to include the operational processes for day to day prevention of network drift. Users can enter “top down” business requests as new requirements emerge and the RedSeal engine can then automate the comparison of the whole network to the high level business objectives.
“This lifts a huge burden off operations teams, who no longer need to review every detailed change in network configurations – a nearly impossible task in large-scale IT infrastructure,” said Lloyd. The patent covers the automation of this process, enabling users to be notified only when there are significant violations of policy or best practices, as opposed to every time a configuration detail changes.
“The market is faced with an important inflection point when it comes to firewall management,” concludes Lloyd. “If Henry Ford had asked his customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse, which unfortunately is analogous to what others are offering as a solution today. RedSeal is providing customers with a patented car.”
About RedSeal Networks
RedSeal Networks is the leading provider of network infrastructure security management solutions that continuously provide network visualization and identify critical attack risk and non-compliance in complex security infrastructure. It provides network, security, and risk management teams with a firm understanding of where security is working, where investment is needed, and where greatest cyber-attack risks lie. This understanding, or "security intelligence", enables organizations to allocate resources where needed most, embed best practice into daily operations, and take prioritized action where needed. The world's largest government and commercial organizations use RedSeal security intelligence to build world-class operations that systematically reduce attack risk over time.
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