Forward Networks integrates with Rapid7 to model network behavior and mitigate device vulnerabilities


Network operations provider Forward Networks Inc. today introduced a major overhaul to its platform, adding new features that give teams a “single, actionable, in-context view” of their networks.

The company’s platform is also integrated with Rapid7 Inc.’s security analytics and automation tools to combine end-device vulnerability data with up-to-date connectivity analysis. As a result, according to Forward, enterprises will be able to prioritize their security remediation efforts with mathematical precision.

Forward Networks sells a platform that provides enterprises with network visibility, policy verification, and change modeling. He explained that while several tools can be used to assess device vulnerabilities, it can be difficult to know how to fix these issues without understanding how a device is connected to the network.

As a result, security teams often focus only on updating these devices, regardless of the vulnerability they have detected. Or they could focus on the specific vulnerability without considering the device’s exposure to individual systems. In other words, security teams often don’t know how to patch the device vulnerabilities they discover.

By integrating with Rapid7, Forward Networks believes it can illustrate the real risk that each device vulnerability poses to on-premises, multi-cloud and software-defined wide area networks from a single screen. It does this by creating a “digital twin” based on each device’s network, the company explained, which can then be used to accurately model current and possible network behaviors. Armed with this information, teams can better mitigate vulnerabilities they discover, Forward Networks said.

“With this information at the click of a mouse, security teams can better assess their network’s vulnerability and prioritize remediation and prevention efforts by focusing on the exposures that pose the greatest possible risk,” said David Erickson, co-founder and CEO of Forward Networks.

Integration with Rapid7 is just one of many new features added to its network operating platform. A second new feature gives teams greater flexibility to define security posture matrices, the company said. So, in addition to using firewall zones to determine zones with full or partial connectivity or full isolation, it is now possible to use entities such as virtual routing and forwarding, subnets on-premises and cloud and cloud security groups.

Additionally, Forward Networks said it now supports L7 path-finding capabilities to construct intelligent queries that provide detailed information about their connectivity and security status when using Layer 7 constructs such as URLs, Application IDs, User Groups, and User IDs.

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