As investigations continue into the scale of the SolarWinds breach, business enterprises worldwide are taking the opportunity to review internal network security operations and consider the safety of the software providers in their supply chain. 

What happened and what can we learn from it?

Initial reports of the breach began to circulate in mid-December 2020 as it was revealed that SolarWinds customers using its Orion suite of products had been compromised by a software update that contained malicious code. This enabled  hackers to gain access to both business and government networks around the world.

As many as 18,000 SolarWinds customers are reported to be affected, with cyber attackers able to access networks and communicate with command-and-control servers over a period of months, mimicking legitimate SolarWinds traffic. These attacks have caused significant disruption to SolarWinds customers, many have been forced to take immediate action, disabling Solarwinds monitoring and network configuration management products, whilst performing security checks to establish what other servers or resources may have been breached.  The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an emergency directive urging federal civilian agencies to disconnect SolarWinds Orion products and review their networks for compromises. 

Whilst attacks such as this are difficult to protect against, companies need to look closely at their network management processes to ensure that freeware tools, legacy configuration management scripts, and their network management tool provider’s security standards align with their own.  

Why customers choose Restorepoint

Restorepoint has been trusted solution for managing multi-vendor network & security devices by enterprise, government and managed service provider customers for over 12 years. We’ve always taken an appliance based approach with our solution to help overcome the customer challenges of platform security, scalability and management.  

Find out more about our migration offer

Features compared
Solarwinds NCM
Restorepoint
 

Backup & Recovery features

Out of the box support for over 100 Network & Security Vendors?
Uses manufacturers recommended backup commands to perform backups?
✖︎
1-Click Recovery to roll-back following an outage or misconfiguration?
✖︎
Checks integrity of backup to ensure configurations are secure in transfer?
✖︎
Can backup complex device configurations from enterprise network and security vendors (i.e. Check Point, F5, Blue Coat, Cisco FirePower etc)?
✖︎
Configuration version detection to reduce storage required?
✖︎

Security & Compliance features

Self contained appliance based solution?
✖︎
Data is encrypted without 3rd party software?
✖︎
Application and OS manitained by vendor?
✖︎
Granular role based administration to limit functionality?
✖︎
Group devices by Domain (multi-tenancy) and control users access to certain devices or groups of devices?
✖︎
Performs compliance checks at the point of backup to ensure devices meet corporate standards or regulatory compliance?
✖︎
Capable of analysing large or complex vendor configurations?
✖︎
Can perform device health checks?
✖︎
Can perform remediation actions based on compliance rules?
✖︎

Change Automation

Build templates of "known good" devices for rollouts or for compliance?
✖︎
Schedule or perform mass changes without complex scripting and separate CRON jobs?
✖︎
Built in web based Terminal to connect to devices, including session recording?
✖︎
Automates firmware deployment?

Other

Virtual or Hardware appliances available?
✖︎
RESTful API for integration with third-party applications or CMDB systems
✖︎
Ability to support remote sites using Agents?
✖︎
High-Availability Option?
✖︎
Requires additional license costs and management for databases or security?
✖︎

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Virtual Appliance requirements:

  • VMware ESX (version 4+), Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon AWS

  • 4GB for Evaluation (8GB RAM for Production Environments)

  • 20GB Storage for Evaluation (256GB for Production Environments)

As investigations continue into the scale of the SolarWinds breach, business enterprises worldwide are taking the opportunity to review internal network security operations and consider the safety of the software providers in their supply chain. 

What happened and what can we learn from it?

Initial reports of the breach began to circulate in mid-December 2020 as it was revealed that SolarWinds customers using its Orion suite of products had been compromised by a software update that contained malicious code. This enabled  hackers to gain access to both business and government networks around the world.

As many as 18,000 SolarWinds customers are reported to be affected, with cyber attackers able to access networks and communicate with command-and-control servers over a period of months, mimicking legitimate SolarWinds traffic. These attacks have caused significant disruption to SolarWinds customers, many have been forced to take immediate action, disabling Solarwinds monitoring and network configuration management products, whilst performing security checks to establish what other servers or resources may have been breached.  The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an emergency directive urging federal civilian agencies to disconnect SolarWinds Orion products and review their networks for compromises. 

Whilst attacks such as this are difficult to protect against, companies need to look closely at their network management processes to ensure that freeware tools, legacy configuration management scripts, and their network management tool provider’s security standards align with their own.  

Why customers choose Restorepoint

Restorepoint has been trusted solution for managing multi-vendor network & security devices by enterprise, government and managed service provider customers for over 12 years. We’ve always taken an appliance based approach with our solution to help overcome the customer challenges of platform security, scalability and management.  

Find out more about our migration offer

Features compared
Solarwinds NCM
Restorepoint
 

Backup & Recovery features

Out of the box support for over 100 Network & Security Vendors?
Uses manufacturers recommended backup commands to perform backups?
✖︎
1-Click Recovery to roll-back following an outage or misconfiguration?
✖︎
Checks integrity of backup to ensure configurations are secure in transfer?
✖︎
Can backup complex device configurations from enterprise network and security vendors (i.e. Check Point, F5, Blue Coat, Cisco FirePower etc)?
✖︎
Configuration version detection to reduce storage required?
✖︎

Security & Compliance features

Self contained appliance based solution?
✖︎
Data is encrypted without 3rd party software?
✖︎
Application and OS manitained by vendor?
✖︎
Granular role based administration to limit functionality?
✖︎
Group devices by Domain (multi-tenancy) and control users access to certain devices or groups of devices?
✖︎
Performs compliance checks at the point of backup to ensure devices meet corporate standards or regulatory compliance?
✖︎
Capable of analysing large or complex vendor configurations?
✖︎
Can perform device health checks?
✖︎
Can perform remediation actions based on compliance rules?
✖︎

Change Automation

Build templates of "known good" devices for rollouts or for compliance?
✖︎
Schedule or perform mass changes without complex scripting and separate CRON jobs?
✖︎
Built in web based Terminal to connect to devices, including session recording?
✖︎
Automates firmware deployment?

Other

Virtual or Hardware appliances available?
✖︎
RESTful API for integration with third-party applications or CMDB systems
✖︎
Ability to support remote sites using Agents?
✖︎
High-Availability Option?
✖︎
Requires additional license costs and management for databases or security?
✖︎

Restorepoint’s offer to affected Solarwinds NCM customers

We understand that changing platforms may not be for everyone, but for those who are looking to find an alternative network configuration management solution that is more secure, easy to deploy and scalable, Restorepoint is here to support your migration.

Please provide your contact information If you'd like to receive pricing a full comparison of Restorepoint's features with Solarwinds NCM and pricing information.

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