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What role does Link Failure Propagation play in the network?

on 8/16/18 8:00 AM By | Jonathan Devoy | 0 Comments | Network TAPs In Band Security Appliances
When building a network, uptime and reliability are a major focus in the design of the network. To meet these reliability needs, redundant appliances and links are often put in place to provide high availability for the network. Network visibility is still important in redundant networks and a Network TAP will provide the best source of visibility. If your network consists of gigabit copper links, then it is important to ensure your TAP supports the redundant environment with Link Failure Propagation.
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Improve Visibility to Enhance, Remediate and Resolve Vulnerability

Network visibility is the base of all network activities, whether they be for security or monitoring purposes. After all, if you don’t have visibility, you lack an understanding of what’s going on in the network.
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TAP Test: Do you need a Network TAP?

on 7/19/18 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | Network TAPs TAPs vs SPAN
Whether you are proactively designing a network for a new office or data center location, or looking to make changes to your current infrastructure, there are a lot of questions to ask during the initial design phase.
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Understanding Advanced Features in a Network Packet Broker

Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) have come a long way from their modest roots as data monitoring switches, though their intended application remains nearly the same.  The NPB is still primarily used as a device to maximize the performance of monitoring and security tools. The NPB’s most important features remain unchanged, these includes, 1:1, 1:N, N:1, and N:N port mappings, full L2-L4 filtering options, and configurable load balancing options.  In the pursuit of gaining a competitive advantage, vendors continue to add advanced features. This adds complexity in selecting the right product for your network. The key to selecting the right product is the understanding of each advanced feature and its alternatives. Looking at Deduplication, SSL/TLS decryption, and Netflow generation are a good place to start.
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7 reasons why you shouldn’t choose SPAN as a real visibility access device!

on 5/24/18 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | Network TAPs TAPs vs SPAN
Every day I come across network techs who continue to rely on SPAN ports for their network access method.  This blows my mind as its been proven time and again why you shouldn’t rely on SPAN ports. Let me share with you some of those reasons why:
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Garland TAPs at Work for the SECCDC

"You have just been hired as the network and security administrators at a small company and will be taking administrative control of all information systems. You know very little about the network, what security level has been maintained, or what software has been installed. You have little time to familiarize yourself with the network and systems and to begin the security updates and patches before 'hackers' starts actively attacking your company. In the midst of all the commotion, you have to keep up with the needs of the business and user demands while maintaining service level agreements for all critical Internet services. Welcome to the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC).
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