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Firewalls in the Modern Enterprise: A New SANS Survey

  • Wednesday, September 02, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT (2020-09-02 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Matt Bromiley, Ganesh Balamitran


  • Palo Alto Networks

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From cloud computing to the growing use of containers and virtualized systems, the modern IT enterprise offers constant security challenges. This evolution in enterprise infrastructure has changed the way security professionals think about their security appliances, often finding solace in traditional devices like the firewall or proxy. SANS recently surveyed practitioners about their use and perceptions of firewalls within modern enterprises. This webcast will explore survey results, and provide attendees with insight into how firewalls can help:

  • Defend hybrid environments with both on-prem and cloud-based technologies,
  • Protect the modern application infrastructure, such as containers, microservices, and virtualized systems, and
  • Reinforce policies that help secure and guard valuable and sensitive data, especially with the growing complexities of privacy regulations and the need to maintain interoperability.

The webcast will also examine where practitioners see their environments moving in the next 12 months, and what critical investments are necessary for effective security.

Register today to be among the first to receive the associated whitepaper written by SANS digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) instructor Matt Bromiley.

Survey | Share your perception of the use of firewalls inside the modern enterprise and how your organization is using firewalls! Survey closes June 24th. Access survey here.

Speaker Bios

Matt Bromiley

Matt Bromiley is a SANS digital forensics and incident response (IR) instructor, teaching FOR508 Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics and SANS FOR572 Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response. He is also an IR consultant at a global IR and forensic analysis company, combining experience in digital forensics, log analytics, and incident response and management. His skills include disk, database, memory and network forensics; incident management; threat intelligence and network security monitoring. Matt has worked with organizations of all shapes and sizes, from multinational conglomerates to small, regional shops. He is passionate about learning, teaching and working on open source tools.

Ganesh Balamitran

Ganesh Balamitran is a senior product marketing manager at Palo Alto Networks focused on ML-Powered Next Generation Firewalls and Firewall-as-a-Platform. Ganesh has over 20 years of experience in electronics and computer systems, ranging from microprocessor development to product marketing and business development. He has an MS in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, as well as an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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