The network security policy management lifecycle: How a lifecycle approach increases business agility, reduce risks, and lower costs

A network security policy management lifecycle approach ensures that the right activities are performed in the right order. It provides a framework for automating repeatable processes and enables different technical and business groups to collaborate effectively.

Network and security operations should never be a bottleneck to business agility and must be able to respond rapidly to the ever-changing needs of the business. The solution is to move away from a reactive, fire-fighting response to business challenges. Rather, adopt a proactive network security management lifecycle approach to managing application connectivity and security policies.

IT teams are often perceived as standing in the way of innovation and business agility. When an enterprise rolls out a new application or migrates an application to the cloud it can take weeks or even months to ensure that all the security devices and network segments can communicate with each other.  And at the same time,  prevents access to hackers and unauthorized users.

But IT does not need to be a bottleneck to business agility. Nor is it necessary to accept more risk to satisfy the demand for speed.  The solution is to manage network security through a structured lifecycle methodology.

In this whitepaper, we will:

  • Review the obstacles to delivering secure application connectivity and business agility
  • Explore the network security management lifecycle approach to managing application connectivity and security policies
  • Examine how the activities at each stage of the lifecycle can help enterprises increase business agility, reduce risks, and lower operating costs