Skybox Security Launches New Release of Network Assurance

April 12, 2011-- New capabilities deliver most advanced network awareness for cyber security. Skybox Security, the leader in proactive security risk management, today announced exciting new cyber security capabilities in the upcoming release of Network Assurance 5.5.   This release delivers superior visibility and analysis of enterprise network infrastructure to support cyber security needs -- including modeling of cloud connections, visualization of risky access paths, and platform configuration checks for routers and switches.

Network Assurance 5.5 gives security personnel a powerful tool to prevent network intrusions and sophisticated cyber attacks, such as advanced persistent threats (APT), that use security gaps and access paths through the network to access critical systems and data.   In Network Assurance, network connections and device configuration data from firewalls, routers, and switches is automatically collected and correlated, then displayed as a visual model of the network and potential exposures.   

The addition of cloud modeling allows security teams to use Network Assurance to include network paths connecting through cloud-based services in security policy checks.  Identification of potential threats emanating from or directed to endpoints in the cloud is a new capability provided in Skybox Risk Control. 

“Skybox was one of the first companies to recognize the value of modeling specific aspects of IT risk, and continues to extend this thought leadership into new domains.”, said Scott Crawford, Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates.  “By adding modeling for technology risks facing new IT infrastructures, Skybox is broadening what it means to have detailed insight to minimize risk factors that could directly impact business operations.”

Benefits of Network Assurance 5.5

Network Assurance 5.5 adds numerous map-based controls, including a new visual overlay of Access Analyzer, Skybox’s patent-pending analytics for network access paths.  The intuitive visual interface allows users to quickly find all reachable IPs from any device, examine risky access paths, or troubleshoot connectivity issues.   

New configuration checks added in Network Assurance 5.5 verify that device platform OS and settings match vendor-recommended best-practices or defined policies, avoiding potential configuration errors that could leave the network exposed to threats.  Network Assurance 5.5 supports devices from Cisco, Juniper, Check Point, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, and other vendors.

“The combination of rapidly changing network infrastructures and sophisticated cyber threats creates a nightmare scenario for enterprises,” said Gidi Cohen, CEO and Founder of Skybox Security.  “Security teams need advanced tools to find and resolve misconfigurations and access policy violations in their network infrastructure -- before those risks can be exploited.   This new version of Network Assurance gives enterprise and government customers even greater situational awareness to protect network infrastructure.”

Network Assurance can be used independently or with Skybox Firewall Assurance for network-aware firewall management or Skybox Risk Control for complete vulnerability and threat management.

The new capabilities in Network Assurance will be demonstrated next week at the Skybox stand at InfoSecurity Europe in London, stand #B51.

Skybox Network Assurance V5.5 will be available in May 2011

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About Skybox Security, Inc.

Skybox Security, Inc. is the leader in proactive security risk management solutions, helping IT managers predict critical risks and take action to prevent data breaches, cyber attacks, and policy compliance violations.  Our solutions automatically examine comprehensive network security and cyber threat data – delivering extensive intelligence in minutes.  Medium to large organizations in Financial Services, Utilities, Telecommunications, Retail, Government and Defense rely on Skybox Security solutions to continuously reduce risks and maintain compliance.  For more information visit:



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