The Firewall Optimization Group (FROG) for George Mason University took on the task of optimizing the firewall rule set configuration for GMU’s Network Engineering Department.
Managing a firewall rule set is incredibly important since a firewall governs what traffic goes into and out from a network. Rule sets can often become unwieldy and difficult to manage as rule sets grow in size. Rule anomalies often arise over time in bloated rule sets.
The FROG team was assembled by GMU to analyze the current firewall rule set to identify any inefficiencies that may exist. Throughout the course of the project, the FROG team analyzed GMU NET’s large rule set while attempting to pick out anomalies and identify strategies for rule set optimization and consolidation. Ultimately, FROG helped to develop a relational database in order to identify relationships between rules and their attributes. From there, FROG developed scripts to process the data and run pairwise comparisons to identify rule anomalies and relationships. The end results of the project can be found on the deliverables page.
We support George Mason University Network Engineering and Technology Department (NET). GMU NET maintains the network infrastructure at GMU. They ensure safe network traffic by enabling powerful firewalls to block unwanted traffic from entering the GMU network. FROG analyzed GMU NET’s current firewall rule set to augment its performance and increase the security measures already in place by GMU NET. Check out our deliverables section to learn more.