- To change management of the rules
- History of changes
- Risk analysis and evolution of the risk factors over time.
The traffic simulation query helps to understand which rules match or don't match for a specific traffic pattern, helping troubleshoot application issues.
We use the "rules change notification" feature to inform the different firewall managers when someone made a change. The actual change comes in a PDF file attached to the e-mail, while it would be faster to have it directly embedded in the notification mail.
Depending on your network topology, the traffic simulator might have some hard time tracing the traffic path between your devices correctly. This has already been improved in the past but could still be enhanced.
The solution is very stable. Some caution is required when you do major upgrades on your firewalls to ensure that AlgoSec can still work with the new software release of the firewall.
The setup is very easy, as it comes as a virtual appliance you deploy in your own virtual environment. The setup is straightforward, and you can very quickly add your firewalls and start tracking changes, query the traffic simulator, and so on.