Network Security

Automation & Orchestration with Itential

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Securing Today’s Complex Hybrid & Multi-Cloud Networks

The state of the network today is much more than physical devices such as routers and switches. It includes virtual network devices deployed in on-prem data centers as well as cloud-native network services instantiated across multiple cloud platforms. All these devices and services must have consistent, updated security policies to ensure they are functioning with minimal risk. Given the sustained high rate of change in the network, especially for anything in the cloud, securing the network has become an ever-increasing challenge.

Automating & Orchestrating Network Security

Orchestration for network security is now a requirement when you consider the expansion of networking from strictly on-premises now into multiple cloud platforms, the increasingly high rate of network changes, and the ability for more teams to make changes to network infrastructure. Many network teams have not adopted automation and orchestration and are left to make changes using manual processes, which can lead to the introduction of errors into the configuration of network devices and services. This represents a significant risk to any organization, which is why customers turn to orchestration.

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Optimize Changes
Optimize the time it takes to make network security updates and changes.

Orchestrate Changes Across Any Network Domain
Synchronize security configuration changes that span multiple network domains like routers, firewalls, and cloud-based security groups.

Increased Network Stability
Pre-emptively validate that any proposed changes will not violate the defined compliance standards.

Reduce & Eliminate Exposure
Integrate IT systems and sources of truth into orchestrations to reduce error and fully document changes.

Itential Network Security Automation & Orchestration Use Cases

Accelerate Day 0/1 Deployment of New Security Devices & Services

Orchestrate the deployment of network security devices, whether they are physical, virtual, or cloud-native to save time and ensure initial configurations are compliant.
Device Onboarding

Streamline Day-to-Day Changes to Security Policy

Safely reduce backlog by orchestrating security infrastructure changes driven by new applications and services across data center and cloud.
Firewall Configuration & Policy Management
Cloud Firewall Configuration & Policy Management

Ensure Configuration Standardization & Compliance

Easily build and update Golden Configuration templates that can be used for scheduled, automated network compliance checks to identify drift and possible risk. Leverage the same templates to preventatively validate a network change before it’s made, avoiding unnecessary risk due to configuration errors.
Network Configuration & Compliance
Cloud VPC & VNet Configuration & Compliance

Orchestrate Across Multi-Domain, Multi-Vendor Networks

By being controller and orchestrator agnostic, Itential mitigates the complexity of managing multiple network types and vendors by consuming and federating the systems and networks managed by those systems, abstracting the complexity from the user for simplified orchestration.
Multi-Domain Orchestration (ITSM, IPAM, etc.)

Bridge the NetOps & SecOps Divide through Automation & Orchestration with Itential

The Itential Automation Platform allows security and network teams to work together seamlessly to ensure that security policies for network configurations are defined and enforced in every orchestration. Security teams can quickly create Golden Configuration templates that define configurations that adhere to compliance standards. These templates can be used for traditional CLI-based network devices and API-based network services. Any orchesration created by network or security teams can use these templates to consistently check that the network is in compliance and workflows that make changes to the network can validate the proposed changes before they are applied. This helps catch configuration errors before they are applied and helps keep the network secure.

Users can gain greater security and confidence in their network changes by leveraging the capabilities of Itential’s automation and orchestration solutions such as

screenshot of the low-code drag-and-drop workflow canvas with tasks in the itential network automation platform

Low-Code Workflow Canvas

Enable network teams and security teams to participate in network orchestrations that work together to make changes more securely.

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Mitigate Config Drift with Golden Configuration Templates

Easily build and update Golden Configuration templates that can be used for scheduled, automated network compliance checks to identify drift and possible risk. Leverage the same templates to preventatively validate a network change before it’s made, avoiding unnecessary risk due to configuration errors.

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screenshot of the automated configuration management capabilities of the itential automation platform featuring a golden configuration tree
screenshot of the itential network automation platform showing a network compliance report to provide governance over cloud infrastructure

Governance Over Cloud Networking Infrastructure

Enable networking teams to manage configuration and enable security teams to build compliance standards for both CLI and API based network infrastructure and ensure uniform and secure configuration of network devices and services.

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No-Code Integrations with IT Systems like Source of Truth & ITSM

Orchestrations can directly integrate with sources of truth like Netbox or Infoblox to make sure data for changes is 100% correct and every step of an automated Change Request can be documented in systems like ServiceNow for full transparency and accountability.

Explore Integration Ecosystem

itential rapid integration ecosystem icon cloud featuring ansible, terraform, arista, cisco, aws, velocloud, solarwinds, and more
screenshot of the itential automation platform pre-built automations for network security use cases; asa firewall update, vlan config & more

Pre-Built Workflows for Security Use Cases

Start orchestrating security changes immediately by downloading and running Pre-Built Workflows from Itential’s growing library. Existing workflows are available that can help you to update network device configurations, firewall rules, or cloud security policies.

Explore Automation Marketplace

Demo: How to Automate Firewall Policy Changes with Itential
download a 451 research report on Automating network configuration and compliance Across Physical, Virtual, & Cloud Networks
White Paper: Requirements for Operationalizing Multi-Cloud Networking with Automation

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