Forward Networks Proof of Concept: Managing ACL Conflicts and Chaos

Spring 2021

Managing ACL Conflicts and Chaos
Problems managing your enterprise network ACLs? ACL management and enforcing policies can be tedious like weeding a garden – it’s difficult to stay on top of it. With multiple vendors all with different syntax, rules are complicated and implementing rules can have an unanticipated impact on the network. You may not know all the syntax necessary or find yourself without all the necessary credentials.
A mathematical model from Forward Networks can help. By modeling the whole forwarding plane, Forward can:
* Verify if a policy is being implemented at the edge
* Pinpoint if an ACL rule or a network path is the problem
* Test ACL changes within Forward’s platform to anticipate the impact once implemented

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