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March 8, 2021

Visualize a More Secure Network

by Chiara Regale

Network security is a top-of-mind concern for business executives and technical leaders alike. The costs of a major breach can range in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and it can take years for companies’ reputations to recover. But when most people think about network security, network modeling, visualization, and path analysis probably don’t spring to mind. 

We believe it should. Our platform is engineered to provide security teams detailed access to actionable L2 – L4 data they can use to enhance their network security posture.

Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who think so! Recently 45 expert judges worldwide named Forward Networks the Gold winner for the 2021 Globee Cybersecurity Global Excellence Awards in the network security and management category. 

Global multi-vendor, multi-cloud networks are increasingly complex and difficult to secure. At the same time, bad actors are notoriously persistent and creative in finding ways to breach the network. If you can’t see actual traffic paths to and from hosts, trying to find the cause or scope of a breach from a compromised device is a time-consuming, tedious, and labor-intensive endeavor. And while there is never a good time for slow issue resolution—speed during a security incident is imperative because the stakes are higher than a network outage. Both network operations and security teams need the right tools to succeed.

The Forward Networks platform creates a mathematical model of the network, across thousands of devices across, enabling immediate, accurate, network verification and visualization, through path analysis, behavior diffs, and intent checks

For the first time, commercially available software empowers network operations and security teams with detailed path analysis. Using the Forward Networks platform, technical teams have access to automatically visualized documentation indicating which devices can communicate to and from hosts on the network, and on which ports. Information that’s essential for post-event forensic work, determining if security policies are behaving as expected, and implementing preventative security measures.

The Forward Networks platform’s intuitive interface (or robust RESTful APIs) and Google-like search capabilities lets security teams ask questions and immediately get detailed, actionable information they can use to protect the network.

Want to see it in action? check out our security breach demonstration from Networking Field Day 24 – with only four characters of a MAC address, our technical solutions expert uses the Forward Networks platform to trace down the cause of a data leak by going “back in time.” Additionally, you can visit our security solution page: http://www.forwardnetworks/security/

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