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September 21, 2021
How to Safely Integrate Networks During Mergers and Acquisitions

I recently published a piece in Dark Reading covering the network security challenges of M&A activity.  As we ease the restrictions put in place to combat COVID-19, we’re expecting to see business activity including M&A pick up speed, it’s important that the implications of integrating networks are fully understood to ensure that the expected business benefits […]

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August 26, 2021
Hey buddy – wanna buy a zero trust?

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to attend two technology events IN PERSON!!! Seeing people “mask-to-mask” has been fun and educational.    Forward Networks recently exhibited at Black Hat in Las Vegas and AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Obviously, security was the topic at Black Hat, but it was also top of mind for TechNet attendees, and attendees at both events stressed the need for better network behavioral insight. A common theme […]

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August 10, 2021
You Can’t Secure What You Can’t See

Between us — there’s no such thing as zero trust — it’s a catchy term used to describe a very complicated approach to security. But just because marketing loves the term doesn’t mean we should ignore the concept. The idea of zero trust is the assumption that users should be granted the least access possible to […]

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July 2, 2021
Verify and Validate Zero Trust Architecture

With the constant rise of modern cyber threats, many businesses are aiming for zero-trust infrastructure to keep themselves and their customers safe. But a zero-trust environment, where only authorized people can access information and resources, is often more difficult to implement than anticipated. If security teams and network engineers cannot visualize the network and its […]

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June 29, 2021
…. and now, Security Too

On June 28, we announced new features within Forward Enterprise that help security engineers spend less time on reactive tasks so they can be more proactive. Why would a networking company expand into the security space?  Good question.  Let me share some of the reasoning that led to expanding deeper into this space, and why I am excited […]

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May 6, 2021
De-Risking Network Automation By Integrating with Itential

Today’s networks are too complex for manual network management and updates.  With most enterprises composed of tens of thousands of devices spanning multiple geographical locations, on-premises hardware, Virtual environment, and multiple clouds – it’s virtually impossible to push updates manually.   Also – the sheer volume of vendors and coding languages can be overwhelming for a […]

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March 24, 2021
Integrating With ServiceNow for a Single Source Of Truth

Network operations teams rely on highly specialized tools developed by individual vendors designed to address particular problems. The result? Most enterprises have 10+ Network Operations applications in place and they don’t talk to each other—which means that network operations engineers spend an exhaustive and unnecessary amount of time toggling between applications and sifting through information […]

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November 20, 2020
My multicast network is a mess! Please help!

Multicast IP Routing protocols have been increasingly popular over the last several years.  They are used to efficiently distribute data to a group of destination hosts simultaneously in a one-to-many or many-to-many model.  Typical examples of applications where the use of multicast is very common are audio/video streaming services (e.g content delivery networks, IPTV) and financial trading platforms (e.g Stock Exchanges).  This blog is not intended to be a multicast tutorial but, but […]

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October 13, 2020
Network Query Engine Library

Here we are with yet another blog on the Forward Network Query Engine (or NQE for short). If you have been reading our previous blogs on this topic, you already know how passionate I am about NQE. In my first blog Query Your Network like a Database, I talked about how NQE helps to solve common […]

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September 9, 2020
Moving from Hybrid Cloud to Multi-Cloud with Improved Visualization and Compliance Verification

As more enterprise-class cloud platforms have emerged over the last few years, organizations are looking to leverage these alternatives to take best advantage of each in a multi-cloud IT strategy. The advantages of a multi-cloud strategy can easily include resiliency, price-competitiveness, feature-alignment, and cross-silo visibility.  But with all these advantages comes the complexity of dealing […]

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