When you think of Cisco Live Las Vegas, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it s'mores, camping, and kayaking? It is for us, which is why we invite you to take some time from the hustle and bustle of the show to relax with us. 

Forward Networks is the only platform that prevents network fires by giving you all the data you need to ensure your network stays in policy and behaves exactly as expected. It takes a lot of stress off of Network Architects and has helped global companies retake control of their hybrid, multi-cloud environments.   

Stop by our tent and talk with one of our technical experts about your worst network challenges, and we’ll work through exactly how to solve it. While you’re in the booth, register to win a YETI cooler and Fuse mountain bike. 

We have lots going on at the show and look forward to seeing you there! 

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1:1 Technical Sessions  

Share your networking goals and challenges with one of our field engineers, and we'll provide custom recommendations that address your security, cloud, and network operations challenges. By attending a session, you'll also be entered into an exclusive drawing for an Oru Kayak. If you aren't able to attend Cisco Live but use the link below to schedule an online session, you'll still be entered in the drawing. 

Request a Meeting and Enter to Win a Kayak 

Monday, June 5 

Speaking Session 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. 

Join cofounder and CTO, Brandon Heller, to learn how to “Tame your Beast” – Top 5 Network Issues That a Digital Twin Can Solve in Under a Week.  

If your network beast includes hardware and software from dozens of vendors, spread across multiple data centers and clouds, and runs mission-critical applications with challenging security requirements… then join this 30-minute session featuring real-life examples from large, “beastly” enterprise networks that found a path to reliability, agility, and security. 

Tuesday, June 6 

Speaking Session 12:10 - 12:20 p.m. 

Join cofounder, Nikhil Handigol to learn how to Supercharge your SecOps with Data Insight.  

Join this 10-minute session for lightning demos of two of the best security features of Forward Enterprise that have transformed Vulnerability Management and Incident Management for our customers. Nikhil will explain how a mathematical model, or “digital twin,” of your network enables SecOps teams to prioritize vulnerabilities and respond to security incidents faster and with greater accuracy.  

Your network, security, and cloud teams spend a lot of time and energy trying to extract timely insights from your enterprise network data, so your organization stays on top of risks and continually improves network performance. But what if they could quickly search your network environment like a database to better understand everything in it — and whether those objects were operating as they should?

Forward Networks’ Network Query Engine (NQE) not only makes that possible — but also easy. NQE is a unique, user-friendly, end-to-end experience in the Forward Enterprise platform, and it’s a powerful tool for surfacing your network data gold, so you can use it to your advantage. The insights you can bring to light with NQE can help you make more informed decisions to improve the health, functionality, and security of your enterprise network environment, including your hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

We developed NQE a few years ago in response to requests from our customers who wanted to do more with the configuration and state data that our platform collects, parses, and normalizes. NQE provides an open platform for accessing structured data about your enterprise network as human-readable, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data in a fully parsed form. By structuring and normalizing this data, NQE makes it actionable for your entire IT team — as well as for other key stakeholders in your IT organization who need quick answers about network behavior, security, and more.

NQE query results can be turned into verification checks that the Forward Enterprise platform runs with every snapshot it takes of network configurations and device state, so you can monitor trends over time. Importantly, once NQE queries are written, they will continue to perform as the network changes and ages. (NQE also integrates with data about your network that you already have!) 

This Thursday, July 28th at 11am PT, Dr. Andreas Voellmy, the inventor of NQE himself, will be discussing how NQE is used to automate design validation, inform decision-making with accurate inventory, and proactively check for misconfigurations to prevent incidents. Register for Dr. Voellmy’s talk here!

If you’d like to learn more about NQE — including why it’s unique and the many benefits of using it for your business — check out our new white paper, Make the Impossible Possible With Forward Networks’ Network Query Engine (NQE). It includes real-world use cases that highlight the bottom-line business value that organizations are realizing by using Forward Networks’ NQE. (For one of these companies, that value was over $6 million in savings from identifying and eliminating unnecessary IT costs!)

When you’re ready to see for yourself how the NQE feature included in the Forward Enterprise platform can help you surface your enterprise network data gold faster while easing the workload burden on your teams, you can schedule a demo.

The cloud offers agility and speed for DevOps teams. Being able to spin up environments and create applications in a fraction of the time previously required helps organizations launch new capabilities for customers, employees, and vendors quickly. For most companies, this means reduced time to market and the ability to recognize revenue faster.

IT teams recognize the benefits of a DevOps culture, but they also know that by their very nature, new applications are prone to security errors that can put the business at risk. So, they require a security review prior to pushing new applications live. Nobody would argue with the need to ensure security compliance; however, most people would also agree that slowing down the process of launching new applications is not ideal. Companies today cannot afford to choose between speed and security — nor do they need to.

The only way to effectively address this issue is to automate the process of verifying the connectivity and security posture of cloud applications. Without automation, your IT teams cannot keep up with the demand to prove compliance for the rapidly growing volume of cloud applications.

The verification feature within the Forward Enterprise platform enables automated compliance checks for new applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Developers are notified of the required changes if there's an issue, and compliant apps can be provisioned automatically with confidence. The intent and Network Query Engine (NQE) check feature also lets you continuously audit cloud configurations to prevent real-time changes from diluting security policy. If a non-compliant change is detected, the appropriate teams will receive specific, actionable data as to what the issue is and why it’s happening, enabling rapid resolution.

The ability to automate security for cloud app provisioning is just one of many powerful features in the Forward Enterprise platform that can help your organization reduce risk and enforce critical security policies as you deploy new cloud apps or migrate on-prem apps to the cloud. To learn more about how Forward Networks can help your business take the security and compliance guesswork out of cloud application deployment for good, read this use case or join our educational webinar.

Last June, Forward Networks announced several enhancements to the platform designed to help SecOps teams prove compliance, automate CVE (common vulnerabilities and exposures) responses, and remediate threats quickly.

Today, we’re happy to share that we’ve continued to build out our security use cases by adding new functionality to our security posture security matrix (previously known as zone-to-zone security matrix) and delivering Layer 7 application connectivity analysis. The enhancements will help security teams quickly verify compliance with mathematical certainty or instantly identify unwanted connectivity or isolation at L2, L4, and L7.

New options for defining security zones

In its initial release, the security posture matrix feature used firewall rules to determine if zones had full, partial, or zero connectivity (and if the isolation was intentional or due to misconfiguration). We used this methodology in our first release because it's commonly relied on and understood by enterprise IT shops. However, with our expansion into the cloud and continued focus on providing value to our customers with minimal change to their routines, we’ve added new ways to define zones using the L2 through L4 segmentation methodology they’ve employed in their network, e.g. VRFs, on-premises and cloud subnets, and cloud security groups. This enhancement provides engineering teams the flexibility to view the matrix in the same manner as they’ve segmented their network.

In the Security Posture matrix, admins can immediately see which zones have full connectivity, partial connectivity, or zero connectivity (full isolation). Unlike traditional security tools, Forward Enterprise analyzes L2 through L4 traffic patterns, which makes it simple for administrators to determine if isolation is due to security policies or if access is dropping due to a misconfigured router, thus giving a full picture of what is happening, and why it is happening in a single-pane-of-glass.

Layer 7 Security Analysis

As security becomes more advanced, vendors such as Palo Alto Networks and Silver Peak have added the ability to regulate connectivity at L7 using attributes such as user IDs, user group IDs, and application IDs. This gives administrators more flexibility and granular control for protecting the network. To ensure that this flexibility comes with insight, Forward Enterprise has added path search capabilities at L7. Now, using the same procedure as L2 and L4 path tracing, administrators can construct more intelligent queries that detail connectivity and security posture at the application and user ID level.

By providing connectivity traceability at L7, we are enriching the troubleshooting capabilities for administrators, so they spend less time trying to define the problem and more time on proactive strategic initiatives. Within seconds, a path trace can determine if a connectivity issue is caused by application configuration or device configuration, putting the administrator that much closer to solving the issue.

As always, we are committed to making hard things easy for operations engineers. We are excited to offer these new capabilities within the platform and will continue to find new ways to glean insight into network behavior and present them in a normalized (vendor agnostic), intuitive, and actionable manner.

If your enterprise is like most of Forward Networks’ customers, then your IT shop oversees a sizable cloud estate. You probably have hundreds of accounts, projects, or subscriptions across different cloud vendors. There are tons of related objects too — virtual machines, firewalls, transit gateways, subnets, and more. And cloud-native apps? Maybe you have hundreds of those in use or development as well.

Your IT team needs to manage this complex environment efficiently and effectively. Yet, it’s unlikely they know exactly what that environment looks like and how everything in it relates to and interacts with each other. No doubt, they’re also unsure whether the company’s networking and security policies have been properly extended to the cloud. Meanwhile, your cloud estate keeps growing and changing all the time.

Given how critical cloud platforms and applications are to supporting your business, your IT team really can’t go on without access to granular, real-time, and historical insight into what’s happening in your cloud environment. They don’t have that insight for a host of reasons, from the lack of appropriate tools to insufficient knowledge about specific platforms. But they can get that insight with the Forward Enterprise platform from Forward Networks, which presents the single source of truth about your cloud infrastructure in a single pane of glass.

In Forward Enterprise, your IT team gets a comprehensive and always up-to-date view of your cloud estate from a global level down to a specific instance. The platform provides the most complete and in-depth path analysis, custom verification, and visualization capabilities for on-premises environments and multi-cloud estates that span across multiple vendors such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure. And if your IT team wants to explore a specific aspect of the cloud infrastructure, they can drill down on the details with a single click.

Your organization’s multi-cloud environment is a big investment for your business, and it’s a marvel to behold. With the Forward Enterprise platform, you can take it all in — every object and traffic pattern — through a single pane of glass and make sure everything is operating just as it should be. To learn more about this eye-opening capability from Forward Networks, read this use case.

Register for our upcoming Forward Fix Live [webinar] to learn how Forward Enterprise can prevent costly intercloud routing mistakes.

Forward Enterprise Makes the Cloud More Agile, Predictable, and Secure

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Forward Networks, the only company offering visibility and intent capabilities across the entire network estate, including on-premises, hybrid-cloud, private cloud, public cloud, and multi-cloud instances, today announced enhancements to the Forward Enterprise platform. Forward Enterprise now provides unprecedented visibility into network configuration and behavior in an actionable, vendor-agnostic format, enabling all organizations to conduct business in the cloud with certainty. In addition, the new cloud capabilities give IT teams a 360-degree view of both physical and virtual environments, as well as a single pane of glass for end-to-end in-depth connectivity analysis and policy and security verification.

Forward Enterprise creates a digital twin of an enterprise environment across on-premises devices, as well as hybrid multi-cloud environments. IT teams can instantly troubleshoot, verify intent, and predict network behavior by computing all possible traffic paths. The new platform enhancements also ensure security policies are enforced and prevent costly multi-cloud routing mistakes.

"For enterprises running large and complex networks, the cloud promised agility, economics, and security, but it has delivered complexity, expense, and risk," said David Erickson, Co-Founder and CEO, Forward Networks. "Our new platform enhancements were developed after listening to our customers detail their pain points and will help enterprises take the next right step in their cloud journey. They now have the same visibility and transparency into multi-cloud network traffic as on-prem environments and can be confident that they have the necessary information to make networks more reliable and secure."

CLOUD WITH CONFIDENCE
Unlike the proprietary tools cloud providers offer subscribers, Forward Enterprise provides visibility, insight, and troubleshooting capabilities across multiple clouds. Using this insight, professionals can often remediate potential problems before they materialize, saving time and money. Forward Enterprise is the only platform on the market capable of building a software model of all major networking vendors and services at scale, including for hybrid multi-cloud environments. It also offers complete integration with the top cloud platforms, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In addition, the platform computes all possible traffic paths for unparalleled insight into network behavior, including how some changes can impact network behavior and compliance verification.

The new capabilities are generally available today, and pricing is based on pay-as-you-grow cloud consumption that does not require a large upfront investment.

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 verify intent, predict network behavior, and simplify network management. 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 Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures, and A. Capital.

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