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From First-Gen to Next-Gen: The Evolution of the Firewall

Posted by Fuel HQ on May 2, 2019 11:34:28 AM

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Early firewalls were created as a response to growing computer security concerns and were inspired by actual, physical firewalls that were built to keep fires from spreading. The concept of the firewall has changed significantly in its 30+ years of existence. Here we take a look at its evolution up to present day.

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Combining Traditional and Modern Security for Full Protection

Posted by Fuel HQ on Mar 13, 2019 10:18:28 AM

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Combining Modern and TraditionalIn any industry, change and evolution is inevitable, and organizations must put in the work to keep pace. In a recent Fuel Webinar, Tim Woods, vice president of technology alliances at FireMon, used an example of Borders selling its online book operations to Amazon several years ago. The retailer didn't foresee the changing times, believing online retail would not take off. Borders was unable to combine their traditional, physical storefronts with online retail, and now Amazon ranks as the largest book seller in the world.

“We have to be looking for ways to reinvent ourselves. We have to remain innovative. We have to remain competitive,” Woods said. “That’s what businesses are doing today with technology like cloud computing and virtualization, and the Internet of Things.” That’s not to say that Woods doesn’t see the value in traditional infrastructure. On the contrary, it’s combining the old and the new that makes an organization so effective. 

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‘Try as Many Aspects of IT as Possible’: A Q&A with Fuel Volunteer Charles Buege

Posted by Fuel HQ on Mar 5, 2019 11:15:41 AM

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2018-02-21 - Charles Headshot_croppedCharles Buege has been part of the IT industry for over 25 years. He has a passion for his work, and where some might see an insurmountable problem, he sees another challenge to chip away at. Charles has an at-home lab setup, which has allowed him to author several popular “how to” articles for the Fuel blog

Charles also runs an IT-based Meetup group in Naperville, Ill., called The IT Crowd. They meet monthly to discuss different technologies centering primarily around DevOps – Palo Alto firewalls, security, virtualization, Linux, and programming languages. 

We spoke with him to learn more about his career path, why he joined Fuel, advice for young professionals, and more.  

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What’s in a Name? Unit 42 Breaks Down Threat Actor Naming

Posted by Fuel HQ on Feb 27, 2019 12:28:51 PM

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Unit 42 Podcast Threat Actor NamingIn a recent episode of Unit 42’s podcast, Don’t Panic (S3E3, "Threat Actor Names"), Rick Howard, Palo Alto Networks CSO, and Ryan Olson, Palo Alto Networks senior director of threat intelligence, hash out threat actor naming.

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How the Fuel Sacramento Chapter Formed a PCNSE Study Group

Posted by Fuel HQ on Jan 30, 2019 1:21:36 PM

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

By Raphael Carrillo, Fuel Sacramento Chapter Lead

business-conference-learning-7095During our June Fuel Chapter preparation meeting, held between Roger Schotsal and myself, the conversation of getting a study group to prepare for the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) certification came up. We thought of it as a small get together with some folks to see how we could prepare to take the test. We agreed that the best way to market that was at our Fuel Chapter meeting. We announced it at the end of the gathering and it seemed that people were interested.  

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Full Packet Capture for Full Network Visibility

Posted by Fuel HQ on Dec 27, 2018 11:48:00 AM

Thursday, December 27, 2018

PublicSectorIt can be tempting for companies to emphasize the adaptation and usage of new security tools. New tools with better features can be flashy, easy to justify and widely available. However, new tools are of no use if they aren't able to be deployed with speed and accuracy to respond to cybersecurity attacks.

Cyberattacks can happen at a moment’s notice. In a recent Fuel webinar, David Monahan, managing research director of security and risk management at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), warned about five main attacks that security teams face. These include internet-based reconnaissance and direct attacks; phishing emails; malicious websites, links, and malvertising; rogue software; and tainted programs.

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3 Resources to Fuel Professional Growth

Posted by Fuel HQ on Dec 20, 2018 3:09:41 PM

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Professional DevelopmentAs the year comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on professional development. What challenges did you face this year, and how will you grow in the new year? One way to do this is to make time for continued education. In a fast-paced, evolving industry, setting aside such time can be difficult, but the benefits are well worth the effort.

Whether you’re inclined to learn by interacting with a presentation, reading or listening to a podcast, here are three can’t-miss resources to assist in your professional development.

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Pop Quiz! Test Your Cybersecurity Knowledge

Posted by Fuel HQ on Nov 27, 2018 10:19:54 AM

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

QuizAre you an all-star when it comes to cybersecurity know-how? Do you know the ins-and-outs of the details that make the industry tick? Put your knowledge to the test in this quiz from Fuel.




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Implementing and Using Hardware Security Modules

Posted by Fuel HQ on Nov 2, 2018 5:13:22 PM

Friday, November 2, 2018

HSM The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) named 2017 “the worst year ever in data breaches and cyber incidents around the world.” In fact, OTA’s Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report found that there were almost 160,000 cyber incidents targeting businesses in 2017. Because many cyber incidents are not reported, the firm estimated the actual number could be closer to 350,000. With such a high number of incidents, businesses should be looking at various security options. One such option is a hardware security module (HSM).

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An Update from the Fuel Sacramento Chapter

Posted by Fuel HQ on Oct 24, 2018 3:47:05 PM

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

By Raphael Carrillo, Fuel User Group member and head of the Fuel Sacramento Chapter 

Sacramento-1Editor's note: In this article, Fuel User Group member and head of the Fuel Sacramento Chapter Raphael Carrillo gives us a peek behind the scenes at his local chapter – how they got started, the ways in which they’ve grown, and key learnings from a recent meeting focused on SSL decryption, how to get the most out of a TAC and a mobile office kit.

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