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Analyze Network Traffic Agent-Free

In order to maximize the effectiveness of deep packet network traffic analysis, the solution implemented to analyze network traffic should be agent-free. Agent-free solutions connect to the network via the core switch and a monitoring or mirror port; whereas solutions that use agents have to have software installed on every device connected to the network – making this type of solution impractical if your organization provides a public access or BYOD network.

Agent-free solutions to analyze network traffic are non-intrusive and have no impact on network performance. They monitor activity in real time and store metadata from network packets in their own databases. The databases can be accessed via a web-based “Central Management” portal through which administrators can perform forensics to diagnose recent network issues. The solutions also have the advantage of being quick to deploy and simple to maintain.

Network Traffic Analysis for Remote Sites

If your organization has a centralized IT team, agent-free solutions enable network traffic analysis for remote sites. Metadata is captured by sensors deployed on physical or virtual platforms at the remote sites and sent to the “Central Management” portal. The metadata is stored centrally to provide a single point of reference for all activity on the network, and to allow administrators to analyze network traffic at remote sites with the same degree of depth as if the packets had traveled through the local network.

For organizations in regulated industries, agent-free network traffic analysis solutions for remote sites help comply with industry standards for the integrity and security of data. By being able to analyze network traffic at remote sites, and create audit reports on user and network activity, organizations fulfil their risk assessment obligations and are able to implement measures to ensure the integrity of data – no matter what type of network they operate, and what devices are connected to the network.