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Networking blogs: Networking forensics embracing new security role

In this week's blog roundup, analysts discuss how network forensics is boosting security and the debut of a new, free, network monitoring app.

A new role for network forensics

Fighting malware isn't for the meek. According to stats collected by the Enterprise Strategy Group, almost half of enterprise organizations were nailed by some sort of malware attack over the past two year, and of those, 20% were on the receiving end of 10 or more successful attacks. Traditional security and security information and event management tools aren't cutting it, analyst Jon Oltsik writes, so many organizations are turning to network forensic tools for help. Although the tools aren't new, users appear to be using these platforms in a more proactive manner to detect suspicious activities as soon as possible. The best products? Ones that provide superior algorithms and packaged analytics.

Find out more about network forensics by reading Oltsik's observations.

A match made in router heaven?

Operating multiprotocol label switching-based VPNs on Juniper Networks devices running Junos can be challenging enough. But what happens if you have dozens, or hundreds, of VPNs that need to be administered? Packet Pushers blogger Nik Weidenbacher details the steps he has conjured up to help administrators oversee multiple VPNs on Juniper routers. What's more, he includes a set of helpful examples.

See what Weidenbacher says about operating MPLS VPNs.

A look at Network Control Manager

Jason Edelman has been a busy programmer. His latest creation: Network Control Manager, software that he contends can gather performance data and make changes to the network in "a more centralized, automated and real-time fashion." The app is based on Cisco's One Platform Kit, along with third-party applications that mesh with northbound RESTful interfaces. Edelman includes a helpful diagram outlining how NCM works as well as a pair of videos that go into greater depth.

Check out Network Control Manager and get a better idea of its functions.

Mid-market monitoring app gets thumbs up

Enterprise Management Associates' network monitoring expert Jim Frey has some good things to say about CA Technologies Inc.'s new monitoring platform, CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap. The software is a free version of the company's high-horsepower monitoring application, tailored to the mid-market. Snap can support up to 30 network devices and provides all-important performance monitoring across networks, servers, storage and applications.

Read what else Frey says about Snap and what CA should do to make it even more valuable to IT administrators.


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