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Natural language prompts put the power of NQE into the hands of every networking engineer

As featured in Network World, Forward Networks has raised the bar for network digital twin technology with AI Assist. This groundbreaking addition empowers NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps professionals to harness the comprehensive insights of NQE through natural language prompts to quickly resolve complex network issues.

See the feature in action.

AI Assist: Transforming Network Operations:

Recognizing the persistent challenges faced by engineers in accessing hybrid, multi-cloud network data amid vendor diversity and network complexity, Forward Networks introduced AI Assist, available today as part of release 24.1. The new feature facilitates Network Query Engine (NQE) searches using natural language prompts, allowing engineers of varying skill levels to conduct sophisticated network queries with a minimal learning curve. The feature also generates natural language explanations for queries, fostering improved collaboration and understanding within teams.

Building on the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Networking Data Library:

Leveraging its extensive NQE library, the capability will be continuously improved through use. A world-class networking large language model (LLM) combined with the industry’s most comprehensive network digital twin delivers the AI outcomes that users can trust.

Learn more about Forward Networks’ AI implementation at www.forwardnetworks.com/ai

It's that time of year again when all security professionals converge in San Francisco for the RSA Conference (RSAC). This marks the second year that the conference has been back in full swing since the pandemic, and it was great to be there to discuss our solution with the attendees!

This year, RSAC attendees were transported to the Forward Networks Roadhouse. This is a place of solitude to share your network security concerns with one of our “bartenders.” As the attendees walked past the booth, there were two general impressions. First and foremost, “This is the best booth I have ever seen,” which was quickly followed by, “That is one sweet bike! Is there a raffle for it?” At this point, after we broke the news that, unfortunately, the bike was not for sale, the woeful attendee walked up to the bar and sat down. Our bartenders offered a refreshing cold brew (coffee) and a helpful ear as they explained their network security woes.

Fear not; those woes did not go on deaf ears, as our knowledgeable bartenders acknowledged all their security and network woes and showed how Forward Networks' mathematically correct digital twin was precisely the tool they needed to end their concerns! The attendees saw that by using Forward Enterprise, they would be able to sleep at night, knowing that the next time their cloud security posture was audited, it would be following the corporate security standards. They also learned that they no longer needed to fear undetected critical vulnerabilities, as Forward Enterprise uses their network data alongside the NIST database to to deliver a prioritized remediation plan, including what devices are affected by them and the lines of configuration that cause that vulnerability.

The biggest takeaway from presentations at RSAC is the industry's rapid adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Now, the ease of access to Large Language Models (LLMs), such as ChatGPT, enables the infrastructure to become more adaptable, self-healing, and open to more automated ways to make configuration changes. Operations teams are turning to AI-based diagnostics for troubleshooting and issue remediation. Seeing these technologies being more broadly spoken about and adopted in several ways further solidifies their place in the industry.

If automated changes happen in the environment, the question arises: How can you ensure that the change will not negatively affect the network? LLMs are constantly learning, and how can you ensure that the change you ask the system to perform will not cause any undesired changes in the network? Forward Networks' Verify function can ensure that the intent of how the network behaves is exactly as it should be behaving. Forward Networks Verify will look at any checks defined to ensure the intent of the network is correct and that nothing has changed that could cause an adverse condition in the environment. This is not only compared and validated with the organization's on-prem network but with the cloud and virtual overlay networks as well.

If you were not able to visit the Forward Networks Roadhouse at RSAC this year and would like to learn more about how a digital twin can help with your organization's security posture, request a demo with our technical team!

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