In network terminology, "blind spots" refer to segments of a network that obscure or impede data analysis, potentially compromising both the performance and security of the network.
These blind spots can arise from various factors, including but not limited to:
It is essential to understand the underlying causes of network blind spots to avoid potential pitfalls. To create a highly secure, efficient, and responsive network, you must proactively identify and address these issues.
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Network performance monitors (NPMs) can be used to determine areas within a network that aren't performing as they should, letting you know where the problem is located. Network TAPs, an industry best practice over SPAN ports, create a "foundation of visibility," providing the ability to capture network monitoring data without compromising the network, removing blind spots.
"Research found that 83 percent of current network visibility fabrics use TAPs for at least half of the fabric access layer." -EMA [Enterprise Management Associates]
Network TAPs are used to help IT teams easily monitor all network data. A network TAP is a purpose-built hardware device that allows you to access and monitor your network traffic by copying packets without impacting or compromising network integrity.
They are typically placed between any network devices like switches, routers, and firewalls, creating an exact copy of both sides of the traffic flow continuously, 24/7/365. The duplicate copies can be used for monitoring, security, and analysis while the network flow continues uninterrupted. TAPs do not introduce delay or alter the data. They are either passive or "failsafe," meaning traffic continues to flow between network devices if power is lost or a monitoring tool is removed.