Recently, the ThreatBlockr team took a detailed look at three firewall cybersecurity coverage gaps, including: (1) They Don’t Catch Every Threat; (2) Limited Ability to Add Intelligence and; (3) Updating Intelligence in Firewalls is Too Manual & Slow.
The result is a large gap in cybersecurity for organizations plus excess manual work and time spent managing threat intelligence in firewalls (i.e. managing external block and allow lists). In this blog, we will look at how ThreatBlockr fills in the three firewall cybersecurity gaps, allowing you to improve network protection, reduce manual work, and save time.
Firewall Cybersecurity Gap #1: An Incomplete Picture from Incomplete Sources
Firewalls don’t catch every threat because the threat intelligence they use represents too narrow a view of the threat landscape. This ends up being a major firewall vulnerability. Defending against threats is a volume game that requires the use of large volumes of cyber intelligence from multiple sources.
No one source of threat intelligence or existing security control can cover the entirety of the threat landscape. This means it’s critical to use threat intelligence from multiple sources.
At ThreatBlockr, our strategy is 100% focused on partnering with threat intelligence providers to fill these cybersecurity coverage gaps. There is a wide range of threat intelligence available across a broad spectrum including commercial threat intelligence providers, open source, government, and industry sources.
As part of our ThreatBlockr platform, we’ve sourced cyber intelligence from many of these leading sources. In fact, our platform uses over 30 different cyber intelligence sources to detect and block threats but also make it easy for you to allow traffic from known good sources.
One simple way to think about this is that with ThreatBlockr, on day one, you have 30 sets of eyes detecting and blocking threats compared to the one pair of eyes your firewall uses. However, why stop there?
Firewall Cybersecurity Gap #2: Stagnant Sources
The challenge with firewalls, and one of their major cybersecurity coverage gaps that we see time and time again, is they have a limited ability to add threat intelligence after the initial setup. These limits include the volume of threat intelligence they can support and the ways you can integrate intelligence into the firewall.
ThreatBlockr fills this rather large gap in cybersecurity by being able to support a massive volume of threat intelligence data and by giving you multiple, easy ways to integrate threat intelligence data from any source into the platform. ThreatBlockr is not set it and forget it like other firewalls.
From a volume perspective, the ThreatBlockr platform can handle up to 150 million IP and domain indicators, which far exceeds what any firewall can handle.
The ThreatBlockr platform also has multiple mechanisms that allow you to easily integrate threat intelligence into the platform. These include:
- Connectors that integrate intelligence via CSV, text files over HTTP/HTTPS, and STIX/TAXII.
- ISAC/ISAO integrations that integrate industry threat intelligence from organizations like E-ISAC, FS-ISAC, H-ISAC, MS-ISAC, Texas Bankers ISAO, and others.
- Third-party integrations with Threat Intelligence Providers & Platforms, SIEMs and SOARs including Anomali, IntSights, Recorded Future, Siemplify, ThreatConnect, ThreatQuotient, ThreatSTOP, TruSTAR and others.
- REST API making it easy to automatically add indicators from other systems to threat lists, denied lists, and allowed lists.
In summary, ThreatBlockr eliminates the second firewall cybersecurity gap by allowing you to easily add intelligence into the platform at a scale you can’t do with a firewall. As you and your other cybersecurity partners learn more, you’re able to add that new knowledge to your firewall to keep your business protected.
Firewall Cybersecurity Gap #3: Manual Management and Missed Entry Points
The third firewall gap is that updating intelligence in firewalls is too manual and slow. For many organizations, managing external blocklists and allowed lists on firewalls is a manual process. Plus, the threat intelligence volume limits of firewalls adds more work and time, while even more time can be added due to firewall change management processes.
This leads to regular management and updates not being done and critical changes not being addressed.
ThreatBlockr fills this third cybersecurity gap through a combination of automation, speed, and scale. Our platform lets you automate threat intelligence and external blocklist management to keep things running smoothly 24/7.
For example, all of the integration mechanisms we just discussed are automated. This means that after an initial, simple configuration, the cyber intelligence that is integrated into the platform is automatically updated. The result is less manual work, time savings, and improved protection as you are always operating with the latest intelligence.
Speaking of speed, many ThreatBlockr also gives you the ability to more rapidly respond to threats because changes in the ThreatBlockr platform do not require a time-consuming firewall change management process. As far as you’re concerned, they just happen.
The scale at which the ThreatBlockr platform can handle threat intelligence also plays an important role in filling this person-driven gap in cybersecurity.
The threat intelligence volume limitations of firewalls have downstream impacts when it comes to managing intelligence in firewalls. The highly dynamic nature of threats and threat intelligence means more manual work and time spent managing blocklists. If this management slides, other holes get exposed and threat actors weasel their way in.
It also means that you are only able to use a subset of available intelligence leading to suboptimal protection. For example, a ThreatBlockr customer pointed to having to age off indicators from their blocklists more rapidly than they wanted to do as a result of firewall blocklist volume limitations.
Overall, through a combination of automation, speed, and scale, the ThreatBlockr platform fills cybersecurity gaps that you may not have even thought of or known about before they became an issue. The result is less manual work, time savings, faster threat response, and improved network protection. Win-win-win.
Start Saying Goodbye to Cybersecurity Coverage Gaps with ThreatBlockr
In the previous blogs, we discussed the three firewall gaps: (1) firewalls don’t catch every threat; (2) firewalls have limited ability to add intelligence; and (3) updating threat intelligence in firewalls is too manual and slow. In this blog, we showed you how the ThreatBlockr platform fills in each of these gaps. With ThreatBlockr you can:
- Use cyber intelligence from multiple sources to catch more threats. This includes the over 30 cyber intelligence sources we provide as part of the platform.
- Easily add threat Intelligence with no limits, allowing you to catch even more threats by giving you the flexibility to easily increase the intelligence of the platform. The ThreatBlockr platform can use cyber intelligence at a scale that far exceeds what any firewall can do, both in terms of volume and the ways you can integrate data.
- Automate and speed up cyber intelligence management by leveraging the automation and scale of the ThreatBlockr platform to reduce manual work, save time, and most importantly improve network protection.
If you’re ready to start taking advantage of ThreatBlockr, request a demo today.