Lossless Network Visibility in Thirty Minutes
2021-06-10 | 4 min read
Building the Foundation
What’s your network visibility architecture look like? Have you assessed it lately to ensure it’s still helping you optimize network performance and reduce security risks? If not, chances are you may not have a visibility architecture. Or, it’s been too long since you’ve taken inventory of exactly how you're monitoring and processing network traffic.
Between new technologies, cloud apps, increased globalization, and evolving wireless standards like Wi-Fi 6 and 5G, distributed enterprise networks continue to become more and more complex. Networks today must support massive amounts of data so you need to stay ahead of the curve. Many companies are also extending their network edge into more distant places where it’s difficult to gain full visibility of all traffic and data that cross the network.
Your network monitoring and security tools might be receiving a lot of data and appear to be working fine, but you may not be seeing the complete picture. Afterall, your tools are only as good as the data they receive. If tools receive duplicate packets, can’t inspect SSL traffic at full line rate or if packets are dropped entirely before reaching your tools, that’s a problem. If you’re not aware that packets are even missing, well, that’s a bigger problem. And, it happens more than you’d think. In today’s fast-paced IT environment, end-to-end network visibility is vital in identifying hidden threats and avoiding network blind spots.
If your visibility architecture is already fine-tuned and in tip top shape, that’s great news! But, if not, we created just the Keysight University course for you to help get those wheels churning again. Cybercriminals are finding new ways to hack networks every day, so you simply can’t afford to overlook such an important aspect of your overall network design and strategy. Because today, it's no longer a matter of if but when ... and, being prepared will help you stay on the offensive so you come out on top.
“The Building Blocks for Creating a Secure Network Visibility Architecture” is a 30-minute self-paced online course. From IT and network architects and engineers to SecOps and other IT professionals, this course is for you.
You’ll learn about the key building blocks for creating a scalable visibility architecture: network taps, bypass switches and network packet brokers (NPBs) that intelligently filter traffic with zero packet loss. Creating an end-to-end visibility solution helps expose and prevent dangerous blind spots that make your network more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and performance issues. You’ll also learn how a visibility architecture can keep your security and monitoring tools from becoming overloaded which in turn accelerates troubleshooting, reduces MTTR and extends the life of your tools.
In addition to understanding why a network visibility architecture is crucial, the course also covers:
- Differences between network taps and SPAN and why it really matters (yes, it does matter)
- What a network packet broker (NPB) is and how they intelligently process and filter data
- Overview of Keysight’s NPB portfolio
- Importance of bypass switches
- Inline security
- Customer case studies