How Traffic Accounting Keeps You One Step Ahead Of The Competition

IT has steadily evolved from a service and operational delivery mechanism to a strategic business investment. Suffice it to say that the business world and technology have become so intertwined that it’s unsurprising many leading companies within their respective industries attribute their success largely to their adoptive stance toward innovation. Network Managers know that much of their company’s ability to outmaneuver the competition depends to a large extent on IT Ops’ ability to deliver world-class services. This brings traffic accounting

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3 Key Differences Between NetFlow and Packet Capture Performance Monitoring

The increasing density, complexity and expanse of modern networking environments have fueled the ongoing debate around which network analysis and monitoring tools serve the needs of the modern engineer best – placing Packet Capture and NetFlow Analysis at center-stage of the conversation. Granted, both can be extremely valuable tools in ongoing efforts to maintain and optimize complex environments, but as an engineer, I tend to focus on solutions that give me the insights I need without too much cost on

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NetFlow for Advanced Threat Detection

Businesses spend a lot of effort and expense setting up their networks to provide all the data flows and applications necessary so that their employees are very productive in performing their tasks. These networks are vital assets to the business and require absolute protection against unauthorized access, malicious programs, and degradation of performance of the network. It is no longer enough to only use Anti-Virus applications. By the time malware is detected and those signatures added to the antiviral definitions,

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What is NetFlow & How Can Organizations Leverage It?

NetFlow is a feature originally introduced on Cisco devices (but now generally available on many vendor devices) which provides the ability for an organization to monitor and collect IP network traffic entering or exiting an interface. Through analysis of the data provided by NetFlow, a network administrator is able to detect things such as the source and destination of traffic, class of service, and the causes of congestion on the network. NetFlow is designed to be utilized either from the software built

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Seven Reasons To Analyze Network Traffic With NetFlow

NetFlow allows you to keep an eye on traffic and transactions that occur on your network. NetFlow can detect unusual traffic, a request for a malicious destination or a download of a larger file. NetFlow analysis helps you see what users are doing, gives you an idea of how your bandwidth is used and can help you improve your network besides protecting you from a number of attacks. There are many reasons to analyze network traffic with NetFlow, including making your system

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Two Ways Networks Are Transformed By NetFlow

According an article in techtarget.com “Your routers and switches can yield a mother lode of information about your network–if you know where to dig.”  The article goes on to say that excavating and searching through endless traffic data and logs manufactured by your network system is a lot like mining for gold, and punching random holes to look for a few nuggets of information isn’t very efficient. Your search will be much more fruitful if you know where to look and what

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5 Perks of Network Performance Management

Network performance management is something that virtually every business needs, but not something that every business is actively doing, or even aware of.  And why should they? While understanding the technical side of things is best left to the IT department, understanding the benefits of a properly managed network is something that will help get the business managers on board, especially when good performance management solutions might be a cost that hadn’t been considered.  So what are the benefits?   1.

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Benefits of Network Security Forensics

The networks that your business operates on are often open and complex. Your IT department is responsible for mitigating network risks, managing performance and auditing data to ensure functionality. Using NetFlow forensics can help your IT team maintain the competitiveness and reliability of the systems required to run your business. In IT, network security forensics involves the monitoring and analysis of your network’s traffic to gather information, obtain legal evidence and detect network intrusions. These activities help keep your company perform the following actions. Adjust to

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Scalable NetFlow – 3 Key Questions to Ask Your NetFlow Vendor

Why is flows per second a flawed way to measure a netflow collector’s capability? Flows-per-second is often considered the primary yardstick to measure the capability of a netflow analyzer’s flow capture (aka collection) rate. This seems simple on its face. The more flows-per-second that a flow collector can consume, the more visibility it provides, right? Well, yes and no. The Basics NetFlow was originally conceived as a means to provide network professionals the data to make sense of the traffic

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