Most of the big networking headaches didn’t turn up overnight; they started small and increased in complexity over time, as the network grew and evolved. Without detailed actionable data, these problems can be nearly impossible to solve; at the very least it can take weeks, months, or even years to rid a global network of a pervasive issue.

Nobody has time for that, which is where a digital twin comes in. A digital twin is a software copy of the network with all the data in one place, enabling the ability to trace all possible paths, locate any device, and integrate with other useful tools such as IT service management, network automation, and vulnerability scanning to put people back in control of the network. This technology delivers answers to complex networking questions in seconds while presenting them in a vendor-agnostic and actionable manner, ensuring network and security operations teams are able to immediately make data driven decisions.

Our co-Founder and CTO, Brandon Heller, is giving a live demo on July 20, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific to show how in 5 days or less, a digital twin can solve your toughest problems by empowering engineers to ask the network questions. He’ll provide real-world examples of how global companies have used a digital twin to:

Please join us for an interactive discussion – Brandon loves tough questions. But if you can’t join us live, the recording is immediately available on-demand, or request a private meeting with a technical solutions architect and discuss how to solve your network challenges.

These are uncertain times in tech.  

If you’re at one of the many companies in the news recently, think back to why you joined.  

Was it the people?

The tech?

Or maybe… the perception of a rock-solid, not-going-anywhere, totally-guaranteed position?

Things have changed lately.

Whether the rounds of layoffs hitting the valley hard are truly necessary to address unsustainable pandemic-era over-hiring - or, put more cynically -  balance-sheet improvements slipped under the rug to boost profits at the expense of people… the illusion of big-company stability is no more.

Now…. might be the best possible time to join a startup.

In fact, a startup might be the most stable place right now.

But not just any startup though. As Liam Neeson might say, one with “a very particular set of skills.”

If you have a few minutes, I’d love to explain.

In general, startups will offer something different. Here’s a starter list:

But for the tiny subset of startups that have just raised a funding round in one of the most challenging quarters in memory:

Add Stability to that list of attributes.

Also, 👏.  

Especially for later-stage companies (C Round, D Round, etc.), where scrutiny on business fundamentals increases: it’s less about the potential, and more about the reality. Fewer stories, more metrics.  

Like everything, a job there is no guarantee. But unlike that big company in the news, the specter of layoffs won’t be your concern anytime soon.

So, that later-stage startup whose raise you just heard about on TechCrunch, whose funding can power years of growth? That company might just be the best, and most stable place, for you.

If your spider-sense sensed a pitch was coming - you were right!  

I’m proud to work at Forward Networks, and we just announced a $50M raise

We’re in the “sweet spot” for startups: money in the bank to power growth, referenceable customers you know, and an impact-oriented culture from the beginning. We’re building a product category so new that it doesn’t have a Magic Quadrant, with a tech lead so vast nobody else would be in that quadrant anyway. 😀 🤷 We enable companies of any scale to secure and assure their network, and, increasingly, their entire digital infrastructure, which helps the people and the company.

People matter, and when they experience those attributes of a startup - excitement, influence, growth, and equity - in a low-drama, no-moral-qualms, customers-get-excited place, they tend to stay. 15 of our first 21 are here, each with 7 yrs or more on this shared journey; today, every one of them leads a team.

Take a look - we’re hiring in a range of areas, from sales, to engineering, to support tech, and more.

Nobody likes getting audited or inspected. Well, almost nobody; there’s always one person who consistently blows the curve. They gleefully anticipate inspections because they know they’re going to get a glowing review. We all have names for that person, most of which shouldn’t be included in a business blog.

But what if, (bear with me) we could be that person? A leader who faces the inspection knowing that while they may find something that you could improve, you're dialed in, and everything is as it should be. That sounds like a lot more fun than the anxiety and stress that is more commonly associated with audits.

Cyber Command Readiness Inspections (CCRI) are DISA mandated and designed to ensure the security of all networks connected to the DOD information network. Inspectors will examine every part of your network looking for security posture awareness, standards compliance, vulnerabilities, and an agency’s ability to protect against cyber threats.

The inspection process is rigorous and methodical. The network itself is inspected as is your documentation. The good news is that the standards are published. It’s like getting the test questions before the exam. Inspectors will evaluate compliance using published guidelines, including:

So now that you know the questions - it’s a “simple” matter of finding the answers. This requires evaluating the network for compliance against thousands of specifications. In this context, having the questions before the test doesn’t make matters any easier. Trying to verify compliance, produce accurate documentation, and have the right culture and processes in place takes many agencies months of intensive manual efforts. Even then, they aren’t 100% confident they’ll pass inspection because networks are constantly changing, which could take them out of compliance. And manual documentation is out of date the moment it’s completed.

Instead of investing thousands of work-hours, there is a better way. A network digital twin can help index every aspect of your network, including topology, device configuration, and state across your multi-vendor, multi-cloud environment. This information is validated at regular intervals so it’s always up to date.

Custom checks can detect non-compliance and pinpoint necessary remediation efforts. And results are mathematically accurate.

If you’d like to learn more about how this works, read our white paper, Use a Digital Twin For Impeccable Cyber Command Readiness Inspections.

If you’d like to see Forward Enterprise in action, book a 1:1 consultation on using a digital twin to ensure CCRI readiness.

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