Firewall Security Manager Multi-Vendor Firewall Security & Change Management Software

  • Automates firewall security & compliance audits with over 120 customizable, standards-based checks
  • Analyzes complex firewall configurations to clean up rules, optimize performance, & reduce risk
  • Delivers network-aware analysis to model changes, validate ACLs, & simplify troubleshooting
  • Provides intuitive, customizable dashboard for instant visibility into risk profile & security status
  • Tracks rule changes & maintains business justification history to ensure continuous compliance

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Firewall Security Manager provides exceptional capability for managing your firewalls, including a standardized presentation of firewall configurations, allowing you to view all of your firewall rules in an easy-to-understand tabular format.

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SolarWinds’ Firewall Security & Analyzer Software Will Make You a Firewall Management Expert!

Firewalls are only as good as the rules that you’ve built. SolarWinds’ firewall rule analyzer feature can help ensure the integrity of those rules by analyzing and optimizing complex configurations, automating security and compliance audits, and simplifying change management to identify and eliminate weaknesses in your multi-vendor firewall environment.

Don’t take chances with your network’s security! Let SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager find and fill dangerous security gaps.

Top 6 Reasons to Use SolarWinds’ Firewall Management Software

  • Comprehensive, Multi-Vendor Firewall Management

    Comprehensive, Multi-Vendor Firewall Management

    Firewall Security Manager provides powerful, centralized, and simplified management for your multi-vendor Layer 3 network security environment.

    • Simplify troubleshooting and change management for multi-vendor, Layer 3 network devices
    • Manage all of your firewall configs, rules, objects, interfaces, and problems in one place
    • Analyze and normalize firewall configurations from different vendors simultaneously
    • Compare firewall policies between different configuration versions
    • Leverage unified search and filter capabilities across all firewall types

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) provides quick and easy multi-vendor firewall management from a single, powerful, and intuitive console. FSM uses a fundamental understanding of architectural differences between vendors and devices to help simplify change management and troubleshooting in increasingly complex multi-vendor environments. You get crucial in-depth insight into your Layer 3 network security devices so you can ensure the right security policies are in place to keep your network protected.

    From FSM’s unified management console, you can clean up rules to optimize security and performance, automate security audits to ensure compliance, model rule changes to understand the impact of a change, track rule changes for business justification, and much more. Best of all, you don’t have to be a security expert to do it!

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  • Automated Firewall Security & Compliance Audits

    Automated Firewall Security & Compliance Audits

    SolarWinds’ firewall management software automates security audits using over 120 customizable, out-of-the-box policy checks based on standards from NSA, NIST, SANS and others.

    • Apply essential industry best practices for managing network risk right out of the box and establishing your security baseline
    • Quickly determine the critical hosts exposed to dangerous services based on ACLs, routing, NAT rules, and anti-spoof settings while isolating the rules that are responsible for flagged risks
    • Schedule audit reports on a regular basis to determine if your security profile has been affected by any rule changes
    • Generate PCI DSS Compliance reports to automatically assess all the key control items involved in restricting access to sensitive cardholder information
    • Automated assessment for DISA STIG requirements is also included

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) allows you to automatically audit your configurations against a predefined catalog of security checks. Customizable security profiles allow you to base your audit on unique business requirements and corporate policies.

    The security audit builds a model of the device using the interfaces, objects, access lists, address translations, VPNs, routing rules, access-group statements, and other constructs that control how IP traffic flows through the firewall. If checks have been flagged for risks, a full drill-down capability isolates the root cause in the rulebase to facilitate remediation.

    Since constant change is an opportunity for a misconfiguration or a new network exposure to be introduced, Firewall Security Manager also supports continuous compliance with scheduled reporting to identify how changes to the network may affect your security profile.

    In addition, SolarWinds FSM covers all PCI DSS control items that evaluate how cardholder data has been segmented from the rest of the network, and provides comprehensive information on violations, including the responsible rules.

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  • Firewall Change Management & Reporting

    Firewall Change Management & Reporting

    Firewall Security Manager streamlines firewall change management by reducing the manual effort associated with determining, validating, and deploying changes to network firewalls.

    • Test and evaluate the effect of changing firewall rules before applying them to avoid blocking legitimate traffic or opening a security hole
    • Leverage approval workflow for change requests to prevent unauthorized changes
    • Track and certify security rules and the business justification of changes throughout a rule’s lifecycle
    • Automate and schedule customizable reports to improve management and policy compliance

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) greatly simplifies and streamlines change management by automating the process to reduce errors, increase control, and maintain compliance. FSM includes built-in tools like Change Advisor for approval workflows, Packet Tracer for identifying how new/modified rules will alter traffic flow, and Rule Cleanup for identifying unnecessary and potentially dangerous rules.

    FSM also provides out-the-box reports that can be scheduled and customized to your network needs. Key reports include:

    • Firewall Analysis Report
    • Policy Comparison Report
    • Firewall Configuration Report
    • Migration Comparison Report
    • Complexity Analysis Report
    • Cleanup & Optimization Report
    • Security Audit Report
    • PCI Analysis Report

    With SolarWinds FSM, you get everything you need to quickly and easily manage changes while ensuring the highest levels of security, control, and performance of your network security environment.

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  • Interactive Firewall Dashboard

    Interactive Firewall Dashboard

    SolarWinds’ firewall management software provides a customizable, intuitive dashboard for fast and easy insight into security posture and risk status.

    • Quickly assess network security posture and risk profile with visual alert statuses and prioritization
    • Identify and fix critical vulnerabilities and policy violations fast
    • Point and click for easy drill-down details of firewall configs, rules, policies, and reports
    • View and export security check results and compliance reports with ease
    • Leverage integrated FSM/Orion module to view firewall inventory and details in the same Web-based console as existing SolarWinds products

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager provides a consolidated, intuitive dashboard that can be customized to your network and security needs. FSM’s dashboard delivers the essential information and critical alerts necessary to quickly assess your security status “at-a-glance,” while also allowing you to drill-down for more detailed information with point-and-click simplicity. The end result is the ability to find and fix critical issues fast to avoid potentially disastrous security exposure and costly compliance breaches.

    From the dashboard, you can quickly and easily:

    • View Firewall Details, including ACL, NAT, & Route Rules
    • View High Risk Firewalls
    • View Prioritized Security Alerts
    • View Config Changes
    • Review Rules & Add Business Justification
    • View and Search Raw Config Text
    • Search Security Rules
    • View Rule/Object Cleanup Reports
    • View Audit Reports
    • View Firewall Services Report

    With FSM’s easy-to-use, easy-to-understand dashboard, you can ensure the correct access control policies stay in place to help keep your network continuously secure and compliant. Moreover, FSM’s integrated Orion module lets you view all your firewall details in the same Web-based console as your existing SolarWinds products for single-pane-glass visibility and control.

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  • Rule Clean-up & Optimization

    Rule Clean-up & Optimization

    Firewall Security Manager automatically analyzes your firewall configurations and identifies rules and objects that can be safely removed to optimize performance while enhancing security with SolarWinds’ firewall analyzer.

    • Removes unnecessary firewall rules to increase performance and rulebase efficiency
    • Analyzes firewall configurations and logs to isolate redundant, shadowed, and unused rules
    • Analyzes how objects are being used on a per-rule and global basis
    • Provides automated rule reordering recommendations and corresponding scripts

    SolarWinds® Firewall Security Manager (FSM) helps you find unused rules and temporary rules that are no longer needed, and performs quick and easy cleanup for increased firewall performance.

    With FSM, you can safely remove unnecessary rules without causing an adverse impact on existing service availability or exposing the business to unauthorized traffic. Plus, the rule usage analysis can be scheduled for continuous rulebase optimization and includes automatically generated change scripts to make the entire process completely straightforward and error-free.

    Additional policy optimization is available from the structural redundancy cleanup. This feature identifies and removes the errors in the configuration that play no role in the firewall’s behavior. Overlapping, covered, and generalized rules, including all special case redundancies are automatically identified to give you the maximum possible opportunity to reduce your rulebase bloat and complexity with one powerful cleanup analysis.

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  • Change Impact Analysis

    Change Impact Analysis

    Firewall Security Manager predicts how firewall changes will impact packet traversal through the network, based on connectivity, routing, and the devices involved in a change request.

    • Easily test firewall rule changes without affecting production devices
    • Eliminate the risk of making a change that could introduce a security exposure or block legitimate traffic
    • Demonstrate compliance to change management best practices by establishing a report trail for pre- and post-change validation

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) uses predictive change modeling to allow the user to evaluate the impact of proposed changes to ACL, NAT, and route rules on network operations. It creates a separate environment, called the Change Modeling Session, where changes can be safely made and tested before going live on the production environment.

    During the change modeling stage, Firewall Security Manager uses virtual packet tracing to calculate how a data packet flows through your network and reports on where it's blocked and why—precisely identifying the devices and all the rules that block the packet. This makes it simple to determine if a service is allowed between any two points in your network and to decide on the change you would have to make to enable the service.

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System Requirements - One Software Fits All

Operating System

Minimum: Windows Server 2003 or later, Windows Server 2008 or later, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 (clients only), Windows 8 (clients only)

For Larger Firewall Configuration: 64-bit recommended


Minimum: Intel Pentium-compatible 2 GHz or faster

For Larger Firewall Configuration: Intel Pentium-compatible 64-bit 2 GHz or faster (Dual Core recommended)

Java Environment


Preferred: Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 6.0 for 32-bit Windows OS

Windows x86 platform

Acceptable: Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6.0

For Large Firewall Configuration:

Preferred: Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 6.0 for 64-bit Windows OS

Windows x86_64 platform


Minimum: 2 GB RAM

For Larger Firewall Configuration: 4 GB RAM (8 GB RAM recommended) for 64-bit installations

Hard Drive

Minimum: 1 GB of drive space (and 10 GB of temp space)

For Larger Firewall Configuration: 1 GB of drive space (and 50 GB of temp space)

NOTE: The minimum server requirements listed assume default configuration. Significantly increasing the poll rate or statistic collection rate could result in additional load on the server, which may require a larger CPU or additional memory.

Must Have Features for SolarWinds’ Firewall Management Software

  • Network-Aware Firewall Analysis

    Network-Aware Firewall Analysis

    Firewall Security Manager uses virtual packet tracing to calculate how a data packet flows through the network and reports on where it is blocked and why.

    • Trace the end-to-end path of a packet as it traverses through the network
    • Confirm that all devices along the path allow the packet to reach its intended destination
    • Identify what device policies are blocking the packet from reaching its destination

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager includes a powerful tool called Packet Tracer that simulates the path of a packet through a Layer 3 network, so it truly understands how firewall traffic flows from an end-to-end perspective.

    • First, it finds all routable paths to the packet destination, taking into account NATing along the path.
    • Next, on a routable path, it evaluates the ACL on each device along the path to check if the device allows or drops the packet.

    With this analysis, it’s possible to do more than check if a packet will reach its destination; it’s also possible to identify the device and precise policies that should be changed in order to allow the packet. This network-aware analysis greatly simplifies troubleshooting and streamlines change management tasks.

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  • Firewall Configuration Troubleshooting

    Firewall Configuration Troubleshooting

    SolarWinds’ firewall security software simplifies troubleshooting of the most complicated features inherent to Cisco®, Check Point® and Juniper® firewalls.

    • Quickly troubleshoot firewall service availability problems in minutes
    • Map how polices relate to the structural and order dependencies between all of the ACLs, NATs, and routes
    • Easily specify the traffic you want to troubleshoot using a single IP address or subnet

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) simplifies troubleshooting of the most complicated features inherent to Cisco®, Check Point®, and Juniper® firewalls. Using Firewall Security Manager, you can simulate the behavior of the firewall so you can ask “what-if” questions to maintain network reachability.

    With FSM, it’s easier than ever to map how polices relate to the structural and order dependencies inherent in the rulebase. With this information, service availability problems can be pinpointed and fixed without touching the production network.

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  • Object Standardization

    Object Standardization

    Firewall Security Manager unifies and standardizes object definitions and usage across your network for improved manageability.

    • Simplify and standardize your object definitions for improved manageability
    • Find and eliminate object definition conflicts across multiple firewalls
    • Split object definitions into two or more separate definitions, as well as combine object definitions
    • Generate scripts to automate key firewall object processes and reduce errors

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager unifies and standardizes object definitions and usage across your entire network. Its semantic engine recognizes unique names across any number of firewalls and understands semantic equivalences and differences in object content. It helps you to isolate the relevant address and service objects used in firewall policies so that they can be correctly renamed, split, modified, or replaced with another object in the device configuration.

    And, with Firewall Security Manager, you can ensure object changes are specified correctly through automated scripts that allow for additional review before deployment.

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  • Firewall Migration Support

    Firewall Migration Support

    Firewall Security Manager helps streamline firewall migrations by performing behavioral policy analysis across device types to identify the differences between original and migrated firewall configurations with SolarWinds’ firewall security software.

    • Leverage behavioral policy analysis across platforms to identify mismatches in new and original policies
    • Use Migration Comparison Wizard to easily identify policy differences between original and migrated configurations
    • Validate a migration from one device type to another by comparing their respective traffic flows

    SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager provides policy equivalence across various firewall device types. The identified policy differences can help migration teams quickly address the problems and fix and revalidate the new device policies until they converge with the original policies.

    Firewall Security Manager provides the basis for a systematic process to execute migrations and reduces the need for ad-hoc testing. This allows for greater control over migration projects to meet defined timelines.

    Additionally, FSM includes a dedicated step-by-step migration approach to migrate Cisco® firewalls to Check Point®. This process provides several migration options to ensure the target firewall is not incorrectly translated, such as:

    • Object renaming
    • The ability to exclude Cisco global rules from being migrated
    • Disabling NAT control, etc.
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Supported Vendors & Devices

SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager provides comprehensive firewall security and change management for the following Layer 3 network security devices:

  • Cisco® Security Appliances: PIX, ASA, FWSM, ASA 8.4
  • Cisco IOS routers: Version 12.0 to 12.4, excluding IOS XE
  • Juniper® firewalls: Netscreen, SSG, ISG, SRX
  • Check PointTM products: SmartCenter NG/NGX, Security Management R70
  • Check PointTM platforms: SecurePlatform, Check Point IPSO (formerly Nokia), Crossbeam, Linux, Solaris


  • Datasheet: Firewall Security Manager

    Firewalls are only as good as the rules that you’ve built. SolarWinds® Firewall Security Manager (FSM) simplifies firewall troubleshooting and change management for your multi-vendor, Layer 3 network devices and helps you find and fill gaps in your security rules.



Product Guides

Product FAQ

  • Q:  How is Firewall Security Manager licensed?

    A:  SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager is licensed based on the number of devices (firewalls and routers) that you want to analyze. The lowest license tier you can purchase is up to 4 firewalls. View pricing and licensing options.

  • Q:  Can I install Firewall Security Manager on more than one workstation?

    A:  SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager can be installed on as many workstations as needed but may only analyze and manage up to the number of firewalls licensed, i.e. if you have 4 firewalls to manage you must purchase a license for up to 4 firewalls regardless of the number of workstations you plan to install the client on.

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Version History

v 6.6
SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager (FSM) v6.6 provides module integration into the SolarWinds Orion platform and corresponding Web UI.
  • View firewall inventory and configuration details in the SolarWinds Orion web-based interface
  • Improve readability and maintainability of firewall and Layer 3 network security device configs
  • Get integrated dashboard visibility between FSM and existing SolarWinds Orion products
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v 6.5
SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager 6.5 adds Juniper SRX support and extended configuration and change management capabilities for IOS.
  • Juniper SRX support
  • Increased support for managing, tracking, searching and documenting business justification rules in IOS
  • Extended Rule/Object change analytics, now including IOS
  • Enhanced change modeling capabilities for predicting the impact of rule/object changes on security and traffic flow, now including IOS
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v 6.4
SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager 6.4 delivers improved device importing capabilities along with the following new features and enhancements.
  • Improvements to importing devices
  • Simplified and faster installation process
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
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v 6.0
Solarwinds Firewall Security Manager 6.0 further simplifies firewall change management with its powerful new change modeling abilities.
  • Change Modeling Session feature
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To see a complete version history for SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager, please visit our release notes.

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