I hate spiders, a lot. But I really hate the idea of a Scattered Spider Attack which can jump between environments that you may have believed were segmented at an alarming rate. That is the stuff of real nightmares for networking and security professionals.

Keeping up with your security posture isn’t easy. We’re all doing our best, but is it good enough? One CISO we talked to hired a consulting firm to map out their security posture. $3 million and 3 months later, they had a security posture matrix that was already out of date. Understanding your security posture is priceless, but only if the information is accurate. This is precisely the knowledge that the SecOps team would need to stop such an attack in its tracks.

Can your organization visualize lateral movement in your network to understand what an attacker can potentially access once inside your network? There may be diagrams that could show this level of data, but let's face it: how often are these updated? The same holds for spreadsheets; this connectivity may live in several spreadsheets, but even if they are updated promptly, how can you correlate this data in an easy-to-understand way? Teams need to understand the potential fallout from the point of view of a compromised host. This is all just in your on-premise infrastructure; what happens when you add the cloud? You just increased the difficulty of obtaining a clear picture of how an attacker can laterally move around the network to impossible.

Using Forward Enterprise's Blast Radius feature gives the appropriate team unprecedented visibility into data that is impossible to piece together in a timely manner without a network digital twin. This gives operators a view into the environment like they have never had before. Suppose you suspect a host is compromised or would like to do a routine audit to ensure your segmentation policies are configured as they should be. By using Forward’s Blast Radius feature, you can see data for both on-premise and cloud endpoints to instantly identify all devices reachable by a compromised host to streamline remediation efforts by quickly disabling the port the device is connected to. This is done for both on-premise devices and in the cloud if there is an integration with endpoint vulnerability scanners like Rapid7 and Tenable.SC to pull in and see pertinent information about the device's vulnerabilities.

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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.

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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