Dome9 launches automated firewall management service

Startup Dome9 Security is introducing automated management of firewall settings on servers in physical and virtual environments with the aim of keeping servers locked down with less manual configuration.

The company says the problem is that cloud-based servers are so diversely deployed and flexible that managing their security is complex and time consuming. As a result many servers are left with ports open by default when they could actually be closed most of the time.

Dome9's service seeks to automate some of that security by setting and enforcing policies on firewalls that are native to virtual or physical server operating systems. The service does not manage third-party firewalls.

RELEASE: HP's 'Secure Boardroom' gives execs comprehensive view of corporate security posture

The company says the service can lock down firewall ports, allowing access only to specified users during specified time windows but closing them at all other times. Administrative ports, for example, can be shut down by default and enabled per server on demand for a specific period of time and for a particular administrator or group.

The service also enables creating different privilege sets for different administrators or groups.

The service could be offered by cloud service providers or businesses could buy the service themselves. Cloud provider GoGrid says it will offer a service based on Dome9's technology. Customers who buy the Dome9 service directly from Dome9 can use it to manage firewall settings on servers within multiple cloud provider networks, the company says.

Customers can log in via username and password to Dome9's service and set access policies. Management access to the servers themselves is either through a firewall application programming interface or via a software client running on the server.

The client supports Windows 2008 R2, 2008, 2003 R2 and 2003 as well as Linux versions CentOS/RHEL 5.x and 6.0 and Debian 6.

The service provides auditing that enables viewing when users have logged in, altered policies and accessed machines.

For service providers, the company offers Dome9 Connect, which is software that integrates via API into management of Amazon Web Services EC2 and VPS security groups.

The services are available now. Pricing for business customers starts at $20 per server per month and increases with the number of servers and number of administrators. The company offers a free 14-day trial and a free personal plan in which a customer can support one server and one administrator.

Dome 9 is co-founded by former Check Point Software executive Zohar Alon, Dome9 CEO, and Roy Feintuch, the company's CTO. The company is funded by Opus Capital.

Read more about wide area network in Network World's Wide Area Network section.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags security

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Greene

Network World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?