Forward Networks won the prestigious Gold designation for Cloud Computing Security at the 2024 Globee Awards for Cybersecurity. This recognizes Forward Networks' commitment to transforming how SecOps, CloudOps, and NetOps teams operate by creating a single source of truth for engineers with actionable insights that empower them to regain control over their networks.  

Winning this award is an incredible achievement for Forward Networks, as security is the top concern for every enterprise. The data collected and analyzed by our network digital twin gives NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps teams unparalleled visibility into their network's security landscape. Engineers no longer have to manually hunt for information, compliance is automatically checked with each collection and engineers are immediately alerted if a verification check does not pass, Common Vulnerabilities within the network are published in an easy to read (and export) report that offers a prioritized remediation plan, the reachability of a compromised host is available in a mouse click, and teams have access to an always current security posture matrix that shows connectivity between zones at a glance. Having this information at engineers’ fingertips is a game changer, helping address issues before there even is an issue and drastically reducing the time it takes to respond to an breach. Our security capabilities cover the entire hybrid, multi-cloud network. 

Additionally, Security Today honored Forward Networks with the 2024 GOVIE award for Compliance Acceleration with government agencies who are highly regulated due to the sensitive nature of their work. Specifically, the award honored Forward Networks for its work in helping federal networks prepare for CCRI (Cyber Command Readiness Inspections) and STIG Compliance.  

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Forward Enterprise Empowers Security Teams to Detect and Rectify Vulnerabilities

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Business Intelligence Group today announced that it has awarded Forward Networks the 2023 Stratus Award in the Security category. This marks the company's second consecutive Stratus Award win and its third Stratus Award overall.

Forward is revolutionizing the way large networks are managed by providing actionable, accessible, and insightful data that puts people back in control of the network. Forward's advanced software delivers a digital twin of the network, by collecting state and configuration data across all network devices and cloud deployments (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform). This data is then used to create an always accurate topology (on-prem and multi-cloud), calculate all possible paths within the network, prove compliance, and make network configuration and behavior searchable and verifiable. Having access to this data empowers security teams to detect and rectify vulnerabilities before they are compromised, and to ensure network segmentation is always in compliance as per business policies.

Forward Enterprise delivers timely, actionable data to SecOps teams enabling them to respond to incidents quickly and effectively, understand their attack surface, verify security postures, and discover and categorize device and endpoint vulnerabilities.

"Accurate, current knowledge of the network and its devices is imperative for SecOps teams striving to protect their company's digital assets," said Chiara Regale, senior vice president of product and user experience, Forward Networks. "Our platform uniquely provides security engineers the data and insight they need to prioritize vulnerability remediation, view their security posture at a glance, prove zero trust and regulatory compliance, and identify non-compliance before there is an incident. We're honored to be recognized as a global leader in cloud computing security by the Stratus Awards for two consecutive years."

"Forward Networks is one of the leaders in the cloud, helping to develop the infrastructure we need to store and host the data and applications driving our society," said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. "We are so proud to recognize all of the winners in this year's award program."

About Forward Networks

Forward Networks is revolutionizing the way large networks are managed. Forward's advanced software delivers a digital twin of the network, enabling network operators to ensure that the network is secure, reliable, and agile. The platform supports devices from all major networking vendors and cloud operators, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Forward Networks was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Investors include MSD Partners, Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures, Section 32, Omega Venture Partners, and A. Capital.

About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry and business award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization's proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

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I don’t know which is more exciting: the fact that there’s no rain forecast for the next two weeks or that we’re hosting Cloud Field Day 16 at the Forward Networks headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. It’s a nice dose of synchronicity that we get a break in the rain to dry out and clean up and we get to host several of the top minds in cloud computing.

One of the toughest challenges our customers face is securing their traffic in a multi-cloud environment. Ensuring traffic passes through choke points in the on-prem network is hard enough; once it enters the cloud, traffic becomes much more difficult to monitor.  

Our co-founder, Peyman Kazemian, and senior cloud field engineer, Craig Johnson, will demonstrate how Forward Networks' digital twin can verify security policies in multi-cloud networks. We’re excited to show the delegates and attendees how our platform offers single-pane-of-glass visualization and verification across the entire network.  

Using the example of a company merger, Craig will demonstrate how we discover all possible traffic paths a packet can take and verify that security policies are enforced on-prem and in the cloud. 

Craig and Peyman are up first at 8:00 a.m. Pacific, Wednesday, January 25, 2023. You can view presentations live via the Tech Field Day LinkedIn page. If you can’t attend live, the recordings will be available on demand via YouTube.

Predicting the future is tricky business. However, when you’re privileged enough to frequently speak with the technology leadership at Fortune 500 companies, looking forward is less about gazing into a crystal ball and more of an extrapolation of trends that you're seeing.

I’m honored that Fast Mode published my article detailing what I think is in store for cloud computing in 2022. This article is the output of my many conversations with the people responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the most complex and mission-critical computing environments in the world, combined with my observations as a long-time industry participant.

The fact that cloud growth will continue at a breakneck pace is a given. The steep trajectory of growth opens the door for increased complexity combined with a plethora of vendors offering siloed, task-specific tools that actually make it harder for cloud teams to deliver agility, predictability, and security in the computing environment.

The cloud will continue to inspire developers to find new and exciting ways to solve age-old problems, connect us, and even entertain us. The last two years would have been much more difficult without the cloud. So no matter what the future of the cloud holds, it’s up to us to help companies get the most out of their investment. We love making hard stuff easy so that IT teams can be proactive instead of reactive.

Read the article here: 2022: Cloud Moves from Teen Angst to a More Predictable Adulthood

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