Secure Management Through Firewalls

Firewall-based network partitioning is a well established and sometimes mandated security practice, but creates a dilemma for management professionals seeking to provide a centralized, comprehensive, and unified infrastructure for managing network devices and servers across the enterprise. Centralized management applications typically rely on the ability to communicate with devices and servers across the enterprise using ubiquitous management protocols, such as ICMP and SNMP, but security professionals typically resist creating firewall rules to allow management protocols, and rightly so, because these protocols were defined years ago and typically lack the security mechanisms required in today’s threat environment. So how can companies leverage their existing management infrastructure across the entirety of their firewall partitioned network, without compromising security?

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