BackBox Integrates Network Vulnerability Management with Network Automation Platform

BackBox, the trusted network automation platform, is debuting the Network Vulnerability Manager (NVM), a new capability added to the BackBox Network Automation Platform that integrates automated OS upgrades and network configuration management functions with network vulnerability management into common workflows, according to the company.

In an age of being accosted by constant technological vulnerabilities, networks are no different. Many IT teams are faced with tedious manual processes when responding to network vulnerabilities, resulting in a heap of wasted time that could be spent innovating, according to BackBox.

“We saw a gap in the market,” explained Josh Stephens, CTO of BackBox. “[There was a need for] a product that could combine world class vulnerability management data and threat intelligence with end-to-end automation…[to] empower network teams to manage their networks more securely and more effectively over time.”

“The [BackBox] automation platform dynamically discovers the network, including all of your routing, switching, and security infrastructure—like firewalls—and helps you manage those through automation,” said Stephens. “What vulnerability management adds to that is context around risks and known vulnerabilities for the OSS or the firmware running all of that network infrastructure. It also gives you information around the end of life [EOL] and end of service data.”

NVM is purpose-built to address this widespread inefficiency, enabling network teams to surface vulnerabilities in their network with ease. BackBox now offers the ability to prioritize CVEs according to their individual risk profile and automate several levels of remediation through NVM—regardless of the level of network complexity.

With NVM, network teams can leverage BackBox to rapidly automate the crucial—yet often mundane and time-consuming—tasks associated with securing network structures. Built in a closed-loop structure, NVM allows users to prioritize work more effectively and improve the security posture of a network over time. Additionally, NVM is equipped with an extensive library of over 3,000 pre-built automations, as well as a no-code, script-free method to develop new ones.

The BackBox platform, now armed with NVM, can accomplish the following tasks:

  • Identify and classify vulnerabilities by threat level
  • Prioritize vulnerabilities according to an enterprise’s unique network needs
  • Automate numerous levels of remediation via configuration changes, network and firewall OS upgrades, and patches at scale
  • Streamline OS and firmware updates through built-in backups, single-click rollbacks, and integrated pre- and post-update validations
  • Aid network teams with device lifecycle management
  • Automate hardware upgrades centered on vendor-driven EOL data

“To have something that's specifically engineered for the network team…[is] going to be helpful,” said Stephens. “It's a network-focused product that provides the context around a network engineer's perspective of the issue: understanding topology, being aware of what's adjacent to the device and how that might affect the security posture, and your ability to mitigate CVEs.”

“Our vision is… to empower network engineers to improve network security over time through automation in a way that hasn't been available before,” he concluded.

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