Whether you're researching a compromised host or performing a compliance audit, it's crucial to ensure that the data you obtain is 100% accurate. This is where Forward Networks Digital Twin comes in handy. By examining the configuration and state of every device that is transmitting packets in the network, we provide you with unparalleled insight into how the network is operating. This allows you to see the entire picture rather than just fragments of it when investigating security issues.
RedSeal and Forward Enterprise might appear to be very similar platforms, but they are not. Although they both provide a network model and a topology map, allow users to conduct a path analysis, and verify configurations. Neither platform can change device configurations. Each has a completely different approach and can provide very different outcomes: RedSeal is built exclusively for SecOps teams while Forward Enterprise serves NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps. RedSeal is built for SecOps teams with a focus on policies, risks, and compliance; Forward Enterprise serves to collect, parse, and analyze network data in a way that makes NetOps, SecOps, and CloudOps teams more efficient and successful.
Forward Enterprise provides exceptional network behavior analysis that is based on a mathematical model. This model calculates all potential traffic paths, resulting in highly accurate results. Additionally, the software supports all major hardware vendors and standardizes provided data, thus offering detailed vendor-agnostic information and various path-filtering capabilities.
STIG verifications are available from both Cisco and Juniper. Additionally, there are numerous custom verification checks written in natural language. By using NQE, users can leverage these capabilities to create custom checks and reports that are tailored to their specific environments. This provides limitless possibilities for users to monitor what is crucial to them.
Forward Enterprise offers a Risk Assessment service by utilizing Vulnerability and Exposure Analysis. Additionally, the Security Posture Analysis provides users with a clear and comprehensive overview of the connectivity status between zones, and it is visually presented in an easily understandable manner. The insights derived from these functionalities are essential for proactive threat mitigation
RedSeal builds a network topologies from device configuration plus some state files. No CDP/LLDP information is used. Cisco Discovery Protocol and Linked Layer Discovery Protocol provide valuable information about neighboring network devices, lilke device type, capabilities, and network connections. CDP/LLDP aids in network visualization, troubleshooting, and decision-making. Unfortunately for RedSeal customers, the device configuration used within their platform is insufficient for building an accurate enterprise network topology. It provides very limited capabilities to customize the topology, which makes it hard to use in large organizations.
Forward Enterprise builds the network topology using device configuration, state, CDP/LLDP, and some proprietary algorithms for the most detailed and accurate network topology available. Forward Enterprise users can view the global network and drill down to a single location or device in a few clicks. Forward auto-curated location-based visualization scales to any network size.
The RedSeal platform depends on a Java client installed on a host. The client needs to be updated every time the RedSeal application is upgraded. There is a web-based interface, but it provides very limited capabilities.
Forward Enterprise provides a more modern web-based interface. No need to install or update clients. Forward customers experience improved security, simplified deployment and enhanced user experience. Without relying on Java, which has had security concerns in the past, the software reduces vulnerability risks. Users can access Forward Enterprise more easily
A steep learning curve is necessary to deploy and begin using RedSeal. Maintaining the platform can also be challenging, resulting in many companies dedicating a single person to run and manage the platform. This leads to knowledge gaps and prevents cross-team collaboration and sharing helpful network data beyond a single individual. Software that is difficult to learn and maintain limits scalability and creates knowledge bottlenecks.
Forward Enterprise can be deployed on premises and network collection configured within a day. Product release updates are simple and there is no need for a dedicated person to maintain the platform.
RedSeal customers list slowness and inability to scale as downsides to using the product. In enterprise networking and cybersecurity, every device matters and every second counts.
What sets Forward Enterprise apart from all other network verification, network modeling, and digital twin platforms is its ability to scale. Forward is proven to be fast and reliable at scale, with deployments exceeding 50,000 network devices in a single instance.
A quick search of software review sites will reveal how few individuals actually use RedSeal. And those that do use the platform, are those who are responsible for updating the map, managing inventory and managing rules. Their dedicated role is to generate reports for others, perpetuating the knowledge gap.
Forward Enterprise is a platform that fosters regular engagement across network operations, network security and cloud networking teams. Individuals seeking essential data, conducting network research, troubleshooting issues, generating intent check alerts, and addressing compliance and reporting needs all use Forward as their network's single-source-of-truth.