Why packet capture matters

Only a 100% accurate record of network traffic provides the detail needed
to see what's really happening on your network

The benefits of accurate network recording

The ability to visualize, search, and retrieve historical packets from anywhere across the network enables organizations to:

  • Reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) on security and network issues, making operational teams more effective
  • Quickly establish the true root cause of security events and network performance problems
  • Respond quickly to critical events such as a security breach
  • Monitor key network performance metrics in real time so issues can be addressed before services are affected
  • Unlock latent network potential through improved network configuration and utilization

If your network is mission critical, you need 100% network visibility from Endace.

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Why 100% accurate network recording is critical

For large organizations, the cost of impaired network performance or unplanned downtime, alone, can run to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour. The cost of security breaches can be even more astronomical, causing lost customers, severe brand and reputational damage, costly legal action and potentially wiping millions off a company’s valuation. This makes rapid incident response and root cause analysis a critical business imperative.

Fast and effective response to security and network performance issues means being able to see what's happening on the network in real-time, and having the ability to pinpoint the cause of issues quickly as soon as detected. Despite having an abundance of security and network monitoring tools at their disposal, many organizations still struggle with effective problem identification and remediation.

There are two main reasons for this:

Problem One: an incomplete picture

Monitoring tools often see an incomplete view of network activity. Frequently they rely on meta information - such as NetFlows - or incompletely captured traffic. This simply doesn't provide sufficient detail to reliably identify when an issue has occurred or gain insight into the root cause. On heavily loaded and high-speed networks the problem gets even worse. Many security and network monitoring solutions simply can't keep up and drop packets as a result. Which means they can simply miss seeing what's happening altogether.

Endace's high-performance EndaceProbe™ Network Recorders and EndaceFlow™ NetFlow Generators provide 100% accurate packet capture and high-fidelity NetFlow generation even on the fastest networks. Without missing a packet.

Problem Two: lack of historical data for accurate forensics

An incomplete record of network activity makes it next to impossible to quickly investigate an issue and determine exactly what has happened. In the event of a data breach, for example, you need to be able to quickly understand what happened, how it happened, and what systems or data sources were compromised. With a complete and accurate historical record of network traffic, you can reconstruct events, and drill down to the actual network packets to pinpoint exactly what took place. Without that, there's only theories and guesswork that can't be proven for sure one way or the other.

Successful security breaches often go unnoticed, or are not addressed quickly enough, simply because they're hidden in the "noise" of false positives. SecOps and NetOps teams are inundated by alerts but lack access to the data needed to quickly sort real issues from false positives so they can respond. Access to an accurate historical record of network activity makes it possible to effectively identify what constitutes a real issue and what doesn't.

EndaceVision™, the browser-based visualization tool bundled with every EndaceProbe, provides network-wide visualization, packet search and retrieval across an entire monitoring and recording fabric, making forensic analysis of security and network performance events fast and efficient.

Network visibility you can trust

To cope with the demands of modern networks, organizations require a fundamentally different approach to network visibility. To become truly responsive, they need to proactively capture and record network traffic so that history of activity can be used to identify and respond to issues quickly and efficiently. When SecOps and NetOps teams need to analyze traffic and drill down to packet level to investigate an event, a full copy of the traffic is available to provide proof of what has happened.

Our approach to network visibility is the product of more than 15 years of extensive research and development. Our hardware-based, network visibility solutions are based on our proprietary DAG technology and deliver 100% accurate visibility into network traffic regardless of network types, speeds or loads. They are capable of capturing, indexing and recording every packet right up to 100Gbps, and are trusted by some of the world's largest organizations across many industries to help with a wide range of challenges from reducing resolution times for security and network performance issues to complying with data retention or lawful intercept obligations.

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