Tufin's 'Unified Security Policy' Approach Removes Key Bottlenecks To Rapid App Provisioning

Tufin Technologies is looking to make it easier to ensure apps and data always comply with changing security and policy requirements. The latest edition of Tufin’s Orchestration Suite, shipping in April, sports change automation, unified security policy features and collaboration capabilities to support teamwork among dev, opps and security stakeholders across legacy and cloud environments.

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Reuven Harrisson
CTO

 

"Even though many companies have succeeded in speeding up app development, deployment bottlenecks remain. They have just moved downstream to others in IT."

Tufin Technologies is looking to make it easier to ensure apps and data always comply with changing security and policy requirements. The latest edition of Tufin’s Orchestration Suite, shipping in April, sports change automation, unified security policy features and collaboration capabilities to support teamwork among dev, opps and security stakeholders across legacy and cloud environments.

Tufin Orchestration Suite’s version R14 infuses proactive security automation into a range of network change processes. It also provides network topology simulations to ensure accuracy of change management and adds features

“Cloud and virtualization has placed an inordinate amount of pressure on internal IT teams to deliver applications and services faster,” Tufin CTO Reuven Harrison told IDN. “And even though many companies have succeeded in speeding up development, deployment bottlenecks remain. They have just moved downstream to others in IT.”

In specific, Tufin’s “unified security policy” approach makes it easier to centrally manage security policies for a wide range of apps and data. Under the covers, Tufin lets users both “map out” and “manage” their desired network security architectures for ongoing accurate results. From a central console, users can access real and in-depth information about zone-to-zone traffic and align those results with policies and other necessary restrictions.

Tufin also provides alerting on all policy violations by level of criticality. For further visibility, it also presents instant drill-down analysis for rapid remediation, and a range of change management capabilities.

“With end-to-end, you want to perform an automated risk analysis. We have this network model and show you graphically the path between source and destination, if the path is right, the stakeholders can see it and] they gain confidence. And, if the path is wrong or there is a break in the application, we get a support ticket and can decide what the cause is,” Harrison told IDN. 

How Tufin Speeds Deployment
By Bridging Communications Gaps

Tufin technologies also take a people-centric view toward removing deployment bottlenecks by bridging communications gaps between devs, IT operations and security professionals. “[Tufin] delivers the security and process automation required to support the accelerated pace of business but also ensures security teams maintain full accountability and unified control over security policy changes as they continue to impact a wider set of stakeholders,” Harrison said in a statement.
 
“We focus on the boundary between apps and the network and net security people. And so we try to create an interface that lets app people define their app using their terminology and communicate their app’s needs to networking and security people,” Harrison said. “Tufin wants to help these different silos create and cooperate for continuous change across these silos.” 

Tufin’s approach on how stakeholders look at security is a key to customer success, Harrison noted. He shared a picture that may sound all too familiar to many IT opps and deployment professionals.

“App people are uninterested in infrastructure, however they need to rely on it for security, performance and other aspects of a well-performing application. So, even when the apps can be written and tested faster, the network and security teams are often slow to deploy them because they don’t meet all their requirements,” Harrison said.

This means that even while devs are writing more apps faster than ever before, oftentimes those apps never get deployed, Harrison cautioned. “Without the right security, most of these apps just end up not deployed – but just piling up at the deployment point,” he said.

Harrison explained that Tufin further helps devs and IT work more closely together by smartly segmenting the change process into distinctive steps.

About Tufin Orchestration Suite
Tufin Orchestration Suite consists of three products: (1) SecureTrack (for unified firewall management); (2) SecureChange (for network change automation); and (3) SecureApp (to ensure app-level connectivity, security and policy via unified orchestration).

Notably, Tufin’s SecureApp also aids in rapid deployment via its support for application release automation. SecureApp provides “one click” repair of broken application connections that can dramatically reduce application connectivity-related downtime. This feature builds on SecureApp’s ability to maintain network connectivity requirements for applications in multiple environments and then automatically deploy them across these environments – from development to testing, staging, and into production environments.

Tufin Orchestration Suite (version R14-1) ships in April, starting at $45,000 for the full suite.

 

 




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