NetFlow Traffic Monitoring – what is tech support worth to you?

Posted in NetFlow, NetFlow Analyzer, Netflow Detective, Network Problem Resolution, Network Traffic Analysis, Network Traffic Monitor, Scrutinizer, Third Party Integration on August 4th, 2010 by Joanne
NetFlow Traffic Monitoring - what is tech support worth to you?

You’re in the market for a NetFlow Traffic Analyzer.  What are the key features that you’re looking for?  What makes one NetFlow analyzer stand out from the rest?  Do you have a list of “must haves”?

Such as support for Flexible NetFlow, IPFIX reporting, portable network maps?  How about automated NetFlow configuration on your routers and switches?  Is customization of the web interface important to you?  Multiple language support critical?
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Federal law requires schools to monitor network traffic

Posted in ASA, NetFlow, NetFlow Analyzer, Netflow Detective, Network Traffic Analysis on July 6th, 2010 by Jimmyd
Federal law requires schools to monitor network traffic

Sitting down this morning with a much needed cup of coffee I was alerted to this startling post from a cNet news feed.

“Thursday is the deadline for colleges and universities that receive Title IV federal aid to have implemented antipiracy procedures on their campuses as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.” – cnet

I was speechless, which for me is quite an astounding feat. So many thoughts ran around in my head but in the end only one thing came out of my mouth, “theres an app for that!”.  Scrutinizer and NetFlow can easily help schools monitor for this type of traffic. Heck! It was one of the things Scrutinizer was built for. Understanding how users consume your networks bandwidth is important in todays world. Laws like this make monitoring your traffic a requirement. Matter of fact, it can be quite costly if you don’t.

As I mentioned Scrutinizer is well suited to assist in this task. NetFlow gives you the flexibility to monitor all of your network traffic from one central location. Scrutinizer allows you to filter your data into meaningful, easy to swallow  reports that tell you who was doing what, where and when. It doesn’t stop there.

Scrutinizers filtering engine allows you to customize how you view your data . Scrutinizer then gives you the ability to add a threshold to that report . Now you have a customized monitoring tool.  I created a quick video that explain . . . .

But that report only looks for high bandwidth consumption,  file sharing traffic can be small and and almost undetectable. In applications that don’t store all of the NetFlow traffic this is true.  Scrutinizer stores all of your NetFlow data which gives our Flow Analytics engine the ability to  monitor all of your network traffic and alert you on suspicious traffic patterns. You guessed it, one of the monitoring algorithms is P2P. How fitting!  Flow Analytics also allows you to easily identify Top Applications, Conversations, Flows, Protocols, Domains, Countries, Subnets, etc. across dozens of routers and switches.

Do you have NetFlowV9 and NBAR? We are one of the only vendors that support this technology completely.  NBAR stands for  ”Network Based Application Recognition”  and is the mechanism used by some Cisco routers and switches to recognize a dataflow by inspecting some packets sent. With NBAR you are going to be able to get a definitive answer on what applications are being used on your network. Scrutinizer supports it, reports on it and most importantly alerts on it!

I’ve shown you a few of the ways Scrutinizer can help you meet the needs of this new law. There are quite a few other important features so make sure to download a copy of Scrutinizer and kick the tires for 30 days.


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Setting NetFlow report thresholds

Posted in NetFlow, NetFlow Analyzer, Netflow Detective, Network Problem Resolution, Network Traffic Analysis, Network Traffic Monitor, Scrutinizer on May 26th, 2010 by Joanne
Setting NetFlow report thresholds

Consider this – customer calls in and says that a workstation on his network was scanning their entire corporate network and how can he be alerted on this type of behavior? The behavior wasn’t exactly malicious, but rather that someone had installed an inventory application on their desktop  which scanned their entire network with snmp scans.

So, no, it wasn’t malicious activity, but that sort of network monitoring also was not authorized for that individual on their network.

Using Scrutinizer NetFlow and sFlow Analyzer, he asked how he could detect that sort of network traffic.
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SUNY Geneseo Solves Network Abuse Issues with Cisco NetFlow Technology

Posted in IT News, NetFlow, NetFlow Analyzer, Netflow Detective, Network Problem Resolution, Network Traffic Analysis, Network Traffic Monitor, Scrutinizer on March 3rd, 2010 by Joanne
SUNY Geneseo Solves Network Abuse Issues with Cisco NetFlow Technology

SUNY Geneseo Network Manager Rick Coloccia found that analyzing Cisco NetFlow packets was the key to network traffic management and monitoring internet use and abuse.

Using Scrutinizer NetFlow Analyzer, he was able to respond to the RIAA’s (Recording Industry Association of America) allegations of students illegally downloading or sharing of music.
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NetFlow Detective – Hidden behind a wall

Posted in NetFlow Analyzer, Netflow Detective on August 31st, 2009 by Jimmyd

netflow_detectiveIt was a warm day here at the office – warmer then most. I was getting up to get a drink of water when she walked in. She was a beautiful dame, but in my world they are all beautiful. This one was different. She had a mission. She needed something.


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