“Security is more important than usability. In a perfect world, no one would be able to use anything.” So says Mordac, Preventer of Information Services, in the Dilbert comic. While IS hardliners may agree, the reality is enterprise security changes constantly to enable new business services.

Maintaining the balance of security and usability is the tight rope information security teams walk daily. Every change is like another gust of wind threatening to knock them in the pool of waiting cyber crocodiles. From changes to network configuration, user access, and the laundry list of firewall rules, there’s plenty that can go wrong.

“The change management process is getting exponentially complex and prone to error, especially in large, enterprise networks,” says Ravid Circus, Skybox VP Products. “But with our latest innovations, we’re providing at-a-glance intelligence so network and security management teams can quickly see the network route of proposed changes and the potential exposure to cyber threats.”

Skybox applies powerful analytics to a comprehensive network model to identify all gateways in the route of a proposed network change and creates a visual route map incorporating traffic flow and change request details. With this information, Skybox takes the guesswork out of the change management process, avoiding unnecessary exposure to cyber-attacks, and reducing false positives.

“It’s a tremendous solution to reduce risk, avoid unnecessary changes, and quickly activate new services,” says Circus. “And it’s going to save teams a lot of time and money.”

New capabilities in Skybox Change Manager and Skybox Firewall Assurance also give teams a defined, repeatable, and automated processes for firewall rule lifecycle management, so networks get clean and stay clean. With a cradle-to-grave workflow, Skybox has streamlined firewall rule creation and recertification, allowing teams to easily review rule requests, validate their risks and necessity, implement and confirm rule execution, and set terms to automatically restart a rule’s review after a certain amount of time.

This final phase of automatic rule recertification review is critical to keep firewalls clean and optimized and keep security gaps closed, despite near-constant changes on the network.

“Most organizations are facing a critical shortage of security staff, while their network complexity and security risks grow out of control,” says Circus. “These new features give time-strapped security teams the best tools possible to safeguard their networks quickly and accurately.”