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In the dynamic and ever-evolving fields of networking, cloud, and security, staying informed and connected is crucial for professional growth and success. At Forward Networks, we believe in the power of community and collaboration to drive innovation and excellence. Here are four compelling reasons to join Forward Networks' online community and elevate your expertise:

Get answers to your networking, cloud, and security questions

Whether you are troubleshooting a complex network issue, exploring new cloud solutions, or enhancing your organization's security posture, having access to a knowledgeable community is essential. Forward Networks' online community is a reliable resource where you can post your questions and receive answers from experienced professionals who have faced similar challenges. Our community and knowledge base provide extensive documentation, how-tos, and community-driven solutions to help you find answers.

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Gain deeper insights with NQE

Our Network Query Engine (NQE) allows users to perform queries to understand network behavior. By learning about and leveraging the Forward Networks platform and NQE, you can enhance your ability to manage large and complex networks with greater precision and confidence. Whether you are new to Forward and NQE or have years of experience, the Community offers resources to help you expand your capabilities. You can ask the experts questions to address your unique situation. They are there to help you find answers and define solutions to improve your network’s performance and security. 

Forward Community NQE Tutorials

Watch Mike’s videos in the Community.

Optimizing NQE for Success Video

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Get inspired by other networking professionals

By actively participating in these discussions, you can share your experience, seek advice, and debate different approaches with fellow professionals. The Forward Community connects you with a diverse group of professionals who bring unique experiences and perspectives to the table. Engaging with these experts allows you to gain valuable insights and spark innovative ideas. Not sure how to tackle a problem or running into roadblocks? Ask the Community!

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Unify your network ecosystem

The modern network relies on automation, APIs, and scripting to keep up with the rapid rate of change. The Forward Community is an excellent source for discovering and sharing innovative scripts, techniques, and queries that can improve efficiency and reduce manual errors. Explore scripts for automating routine tasks, monitoring network performance, and managing configurations. Many Community members share their custom scripts and the logic behind them, providing valuable learning opportunities for those looking to enhance their scripting skills. By leveraging these resources, you can adopt new techniques that streamline your workflow and improve your network's reliability and performance through workflow automation and integration.

Ansible Dynamic Inventory with Forward Networks

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How to get a list of devices using the API and Python

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Join Today

The evolution of networking and security is a collaborative one. Joining the Forward Networks Community is a step towards continuous learning and professional growth as an expert and leader in enterprise network infrastructure. By collaborating with other professionals, engaging in dialogues, and drawing inspiration from the innovations of others, you can enhance your skills and knowledge and take your network to the next level. We look forward to you joining:

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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