Entries by Steve Hultquist, Chief Evangelist, RedSeal

One Billion Dollars

Do I have your attention?

I was sitting in a hotel restaurant having breakfast overlooking the Sydney harbor the morning I read the story a couple weeks ago. While it’s half a world away and it may not have crossed your radar, the cost of the breach of the South Korean national identification database is […]

Top 5 Network Security Best Practices

As I sat in one of RedSeal’s headquarters conference rooms last week discussing with two customers their approach to securing their networks, I was reminded how, even in the midst of our diversity, there are some fundamental truths about security and best practices. eWe’ve come up with five of the top network security best practices.

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Testing the Policy

The day was already hot with the humidity rising as I entered the data center for our third day of consulting. The NOC was state-of-the-art, dimly lit, with displays showing network status, weather, and news. This was the day we would see the results of testing the network policy for the first time. I knew […]

Mapping Policy to Your Network

A few years ago, I sat in an otherwise empty classroom inside the administration building of a children’s hospital with two members of their security team. We stared at a spreadsheet and a document that described the server and client zones of their network, displayed from a projector like a classroom project. For each zone, […]

Was It Something I Said?

I was in one of those small, interior conference rooms when it first happened. It was very hot outside, with an obvious threat of another day over 100°F and extreme humidity, as well. But, it felt even hotter in the room. I was there to provide insights to members of the network and security teams […]

The Reality Gap

A couple years ago in a conference room with a window looking out on the Arizona desert, two of us sat down with a customer to talk about their network. I asked to see their best network diagram, which he left to retrieve. When he returned, he rolled it out to its full length on […]

Somewhere Over the Spreadsheet

Two years ago I was standing in front of a group of security geeks in Santa Barbara for BSides LA talking about the sophisticated tools that most network engineers use — like “ping” and “traceroute” and even Excel — and about how the broad range of tools available typically didn’t get used in a primordial […]