WGlobalization has completely changed the way enterprises are run today. Global conglomerates typically have multiple offices at varied locations and a highly dynamic group of employees. This typically leads to a plethora of complications in a company’s network infrastructure, especially when it comes to sharing files within the organization, across different branches, and with remote employees.
This is where a virtual private network (VPN) comes into play. VPNs allow enterprises to create a secure connection to another network over the internet. Enterprises typically deploy VPNs in the following ways:
Merely deploying a VPN alone does not guarantee smooth IT operations. You need to constantly monitor VPN connections (VPN Tunnel Monitoring) for possible bandwidth constraints and security threats. With a VPN monitoring tool, you can fetch VPN logs from your firewall and generate relevant traffic and security reports.
Firewall Analyzer is VPN monitoring software that tracks VPN connections for both remote host VPNs (PPTP, L2TP, and IPsec) and site-to-site VPNs from vendors like Cisco, SonicWall, WatchGuard, and NetScreen. As a VPN tunnel monitoring tool, Firewall Analyzer generates VPN reports that help with:
1. VPN bandwidth management: Monitor VPN activity and usage, identify high bandwidth consumption, track destination URLs, and block unwanted traffic.
2. Real-time VPN traffic monitoring: Keep tabs on the number of active VPN sessions (VPN monitor), and measure the VPN session duration and consumption in real time (VPN tracker).
3. VPN capacity planning: Analyze VPN bandwidth trends,and predict and plan bandwidth capacity needs.
4. VPN security: Identify failed user login attempts and generate alerts on security attacks, viruses, and other anomalies in your network.
With Firewall Analyzer's VPN reports, a security administrator can easily discover:
A well-planned VPN infrastructure is critical in maintaining employee productivity. Download a free, 30-day trial of Firewall Analyzer to start efficiently monitoring your VPN infrastructure.
If you want monitor both VPN bandwidth and performance, Firewall Analyzer is available as an add-on for OpManager (VPN performance monitoring tool). With OpManager you can monitor VPN performance, track the health of all VPN links and monitor data transmission across VPN tunnels. Thus the OpManager-Firewall Analyzer combination gives all the necessary tools for a security administrator to effectively handle the VPN operations.