Successful threat mitigation requires continuous monitoring of network configuration changes and potential policy violations, but this process needs to be automated, fast, and reliable.
Continuous real-time monitoring and alerts for automated detection and remediation of harmful security violations is essential.
SolarWinds® Network Configuration Manager (NCM), the Platinum Award Winner for Best Network Security Solution Two Years Running in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, provides these benefits—and more.
In addition to the “bread and butter” of compliance and configuration, SolarWinds NCM offers compliance auditing to help ensure:
- That devices are configured correctly
- Automated change control workflow and bulk configuration updates, and
- Automatic vulnerability assessments that allow teams to identify and fix vulnerabilities
All in a single solution.
(Learn How SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager helps save time and improve network reliability by automating network configuration and change management to reduce configuration errors, recover quickly from downtime and improve security and compliance. Using NCM you can configure devices to policy, detect and prevent out-of-process changes, audit config compliance and re-mediate faults and compliance violations. Courtesy of SolarWinds and YouTube)
Unique features for preventing configuration changes and managing vulnerabilities NCM offers several unique and powerful features to help agency IT professionals protect against vulnerabilities and prevent unauthorized network configuration changes.
NCM uses Cisco® IOS® and ASA vulnerability scanning and NIST FISMA, DISA STIGs, and DSS PCI compliance assessments to improve network security.
Administrators can manage changes through automated workflows and set up two-level approval policies for configuration updates, helping ensure that only the right changes are made, by the right people.
Plus, NCM has change management auditing and real-time change notification features that allow administrators to see who made a configuration change and when, so they can quickly respond to the change and mitigate the issue if necessary.
Staying compliant Government IT compliance requirements are complex and ever-changing, and agencies must respond to constant data calls for compliance reporting.
NCM actively detects configuration policy violations to help improve compliance with federal regulations and corporate standards, including those of NIST FISMA, PCI, HIPAA, SOX, RMF, and DISA STIGs.
(One of the best security tools in your toolbox is your network configuration and change management software. Why? Implementing technical controls on your network devices can help reduce risk and ensure compliance. See how SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager can help you simplify security and compliance management. Courtesy of SolarWinds and YouTube)
Additionally, SolarWinds NCM complies with numerous government standards and approvals:
U.S. Government certifications and approvals, include:
- Army CoN
- Navy DADMS
Technical Requirements, include:
- FIPS compatibility
- DISA STIGs
- NIST compliance
- Common Criteria EAL Certification
- Section 508 VPATs
- A wealth of compliance reporting options are included.
“In-depth assessment and analysis of network health does not happen often enough within most organizations due to the substantial effort required to collect the data and the specialization needed to conduct the analysis and make impactful recommendations,” explains Nikki Jennings, group vice president, product strategy, SolarWinds.
“This ultimately puts networks at risk.”
“SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager’s integration with Cisco SmartAdvisor, network engineers get critical, actionable insights so they can better protect their networks, maximize the value of hardware investments, lower operating costs, and improve network reliability and service delivery.”
The software itself features hundreds of built-in compliance reports to help meet major auditing authority requirements, including DISA STIGs, NIST FISMA, and more.
Meanwhile, THWACK®, SolarWinds’ online user community, provides a number of free report templates that can be used to prepare for an inspection.
Built by the IT community NCM was built and continues to be updated using feedback from the IT community.
SolarWinds depends on this feedback to ensure NCM meets IT professionals’ security and compliance needs. Much of input from the community comes from THWACK users.
The online community provides a place where IT professionals can request and vote on new features, share information, troubleshoot government-specific problems, and discuss features and updates they would like to see.
(Are your network device configurations anything but standardized? Does standards compliance, whether internal to your company or external like HIPAA or SOX, keep you awake at night? Join Destiny Martin, along with Head Geek’s Patrick Hubbard and Leon Adato, as they dive deep into SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) customizations including creating policy checks, rules, and templates and using them to ensure your network devices are safe, stable, and standardized. Courtesy of SolarWinds and YouTube)
Additional features and highlights:
- Integrates with NIST National Vulnerability Database for updates
- Support for a wide variety of devices, including firewalls, routers, switches, and more
- Support for Cisco, Juniper®, HP®, and others
- Integrates with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor’s NetPath™ to see configuration changes in the network service path Built to scale NCM is built for IT environments of all sizes and can easily scale to meet growing infrastructure needs.
Licensing depends on the total number of devices an IT pro manages, including firewalls, routers, switches, or any other device that supports remote access and a command line interface.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is an industry favorite. Hands down.
(SolarWinds customers share some of their favorite features of Network Performance Monitor (NPM). From full path visibility with NetPath to real-time notifications and team-specific dashboards in a single interface, NPM allows you to get in front of any network issues that may come up. Courtesy of SolarWinds and YouTube)
Why do network engineers prefer NCM automation to manage network configuration and compliance.
- Reduce the time required to manage critical changes and repetitive tasks across complex, multi-vendor networks.
- Resolve operational issues faster by easily identifying, troubleshooting, and fixing problems.
- Reduce downtime by helping ensure that the network is compliant and secure.
- Promote best practices, consistency, and priorities by seeing the big picture and the most critical details.
Affordable and easy to use
- Solve big problems quickly and at a fraction of the cost with SolarWinds integrated IT monitoring and management software.
SolarWinds NCM is used by nearly every U.S. federal civilian agency, DoD branch, and intelligence agency.
It is available on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule, Department of Defense ESI, and other contract vehicles.
SolarWinds Competes in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
- Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner
- SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
- Best Network Security Solution
- *Also a 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Platinum Award Winner
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Network Security Solutions.
To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.
Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
- Leaders in Private Security
Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
American Security Today will be holding the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon to honor Nominees, Finalists and Winner in November 2018, in New York City.
Good luck to SolarWinds Log & Event Manager on becoming a Winner of the 2018 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!
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http://www.solarwinds.com/network-configuration-manager, or to view their wide range of product offerings visit the company’s website at http://www.solarwinds.com/.
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