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Forward Networks was honored because: 

Because the tools network and security operations use to validate connectivity and security for on-premises networking are entirely different from those used for the cloud, it’s nearly impossible for teams to verify that the security policy is being enforced on-prem and throughout the multi-cloud environment.  

Deploying traditional security controls is ineffective in the cloud since defensible perimeters are erased, component virtualization and decentralization obscures visibility, and automated configuration tools are required at scale. 

Using read-only permissions, Forward Enterprise collects config and state data from all on-premises devices, such as routers, switches, and firewalls. The SaaS platform uses publicly available APIs to gather similar read-only information from public cloud accounts to create a digital network twin encompassing physical, virtual, and cloud estates. This information is presented in an integrated (and vendor-agnostic) way, enabling engineers to verify compliance throughout the estate. Anytime a non-compliant change is detected within the cloud estate, the appropriate teams will receive specific, actionable information about which instantiation is non-compliant and why, enabling rapid resolution.  

Unique Cloud Security Features within Forward Enterprise: 

Single source of truth.

Networking, security, and cloud professionals can work from a consistent, always up-to-date set of facts when troubleshooting or verifying network behaviors, drastically reducing MTTR. 

Verification that cloud security posture complies with corporate policy.  

Users gain unprecedented access to behavioral data to hasten troubleshooting, prevent incidents, and deliver timely alerts any time a cloud configuration is outside of policy. Timely alerts enable teams to quickly remediate issues and limit risk. 

Secure, automated application provisioning in the cloud.  

Organizations can ensure that the connectivity configurations of new applications adhere to corporate governance policies. Eliminating manual policy checks streamlines the process, so applications can be launched with greater confidence and speed, and companies can recognize revenue on new offerings more quickly.  

Hop by hop visibility.  

Forward computes all possible traffic flows and provides detailed insight into how on-premises devices and cloud elements transform and direct traffic.  

Search capabilities across the entire estate. 

Forward performs complete end-to-end path analyses across the network for both on-premises and cloud infrastructure. Users can locate devices and access detailed information on their location, configuration, and state in milliseconds. 

Learn more about Forward Enterprise Cloud Security by reading the use case or requesting a demo.

How to prove network innocence in seconds

Time is money, especially when it comes to the cloud. Fast resolution of performance issues is a must to ensure business continuity and positive customer experiences. But your network and security teams can’t start working with cloud providers to resolve issues if they’re stymied by blind spots in their efforts to prove network innocence. Every company with a hybrid multi-cloud environment has struggled with visibility in the cloud. Once traffic egresses the on-prem network, tracing its path and its connectivity into and across the cloud becomes a herculean task often requiring the involvement of several professionals and the use of multiple tools.

You may be resigned to the thought that your teams can never fully understand what’s happening in your cloud estate and how everything in that environment is performing and interacting at any given time. That’s just how it goes with the cloud, right? Well, we have some excellent news to share: Your teams can explore every corner of your cloud estate with the Forward Enterprise platform from Forward Networks, which now offers hop-by-hop visibility into and across multiple clouds.

Your network and security teams can drill down on cloud performance issues and determine the paths traffic takes and its behavior, as it traverses any instance in your cloud environment — and between any points within your multi-cloud environment. No more struggling to use various, incompatible tools from cloud providers or navigate different topologies. At a glance, your teams can see clearly what’s happening now, and over time, in your cloud environment.

The hop-by-hop visibility feature in Forward Enterprise lets you put an end to your teams’ error-prone and time-consuming challenge of trying to troubleshoot cloud performance issues in the dark. And, if your teams want to drill down and learn more about any object within your network, they can just click on it in Forward Enterprise — whether it’s a cloud platform from a major cloud provider, a virtual machine, a firewall or transit gateway, or another element.

Proving network innocence is never a trial with the Forward Enterprise platform. In fact, the process is much faster and easier than you may have thought possible. To learn more about the new hop-by-hop visibility feature from Forward Networks, check out this use case.

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