The latest version of Network Perception\u2019s NP-View platform, which is designed to provide deep insights into industrial and other operational technology (OT) networks, features new capabilities like improved parsing and more flexible lookup options.The Chicago-based vendor announced NP-View 4.2 today, saying that the new features include an improved algorithm for access rules and object groups reports, faster parsing, higher performing tables, and object content lookup.The idea, according to Network Perception CEO Robin Berthier, is to let the company\u2019s core network mapping and diagnostic product cope with increasingly large and complex operational technology infrastructure.\u201cWe\u2019ve completely redesigned our analysis engine, so we were able to scale to those larger and more complex networks,\u201d he said.Part of NP-View\u2019s appeal, according to Berthier, is to offer robust network visibility and management while keeping the product\u2019s footprint on the operating environment minimal. NP-View doesn\u2019t actively scan and discover the network, it reads configuration files \u2014 drag and dropped by the user \u2014 very quickly. (It can also use an API connector to perform periodic scans on its own.)\u201cMost network visibility solutions require some kind of agent or sensor,\u201d he said, noting that overhead is a particular problem for OT networks in sectors like utility and manufacturing. \u201cBecause you have hundreds of intricate network constructrs like VLANs, different access tools and routing, building that model for thousands of endpoints and tens of thousands of dataflows is a complex task.\u201dThe algorithmic improvements were made with the idea of aiding in quick decision-making for security teams, Berthier said. Tables detailing a few hundred rules at a time used to be enough, but the new version is far more scalable, and can parse even the largest files in minutes or seconds.Another new capability is external path analysis, which can extrapolate information about devices on a network even if they\u2019re not mapped in a config file. The idea there is that not every piece of industrial equipment is modeled on every network, and this feature give users a better understanding what\u2019s really going on on their network.\u201cWe\u2019ve been able to compute a path in or out of those corners of the network without full knowledge of how that path will look,\u201d said Berthier.Network Perception\u2019s key customer base is the electric power industry, which has strict regulatory requirements, he noted. Outages can cost a company millions of dollars per day, making compliance a critical consideration.The new features will not change NP-View\u2019s pricing scale, Berthier said, and all of them are now available.