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What is vulnerability scanning?

If you are responsible for protecting IT resources, you know that security threats are constantly evolving, and new vulnerabilities are discovered every day. As such, vulnerability scanning is a crucial aspect of network security management. We will be diving into the world of vulnerability scanning and its importance in ensuring the security of your network.

Vulnerability scanning is a proactive approach to identifying security weaknesses in your networked devices, applications, and systems. It involves a series of automated tests that simulate attacks to discover vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker. The process involves identifying, categorizing, and prioritizing vulnerabilities so that patches and solutions can be implemented promptly.

Vulnerability scanning is vital for network security reasons. First, it allows administrators to scan and detect network vulnerabilities before they become exploited by attackers. Secondly, it ensures compliance with industry regulations, which require rigorous security measures such as vulnerability scans to be carried out regularly. Thirdly, vulnerability scanning helps in the detection of rogue systems, which could comprise the network’s entire security system.

Types of Vulnerability Scans

Vulnerability scans can be broadly classified into two categories. The first one is unauthenticated scans where the scanner probes the target network from the outside without any login credentials. The benefit of unauthenticated scans is that it allows security administrators to see what information an external attacker can quickly obtain about the network’s informational architecture.

The second type is authenticated scans, which are done with the help of login credentials. They provide a more in-depth and detailed evaluation of your system than the unauthenticated scans.

Cybersecurity tool CyberScope®

NetAlly’s CyberScope is a handheld cybersecurity analyzer designed for comprehensive site security assessments, analysis, and reporting from a single, powerful, portable tool. Our ruggedized, hand-held cyber security tool includes:

  • vulnerability assessment (Nmap)
  • endpoint and network discovery
  • wireless security
  • Segmentation and provisioning validation

CyberScope eliminates the use of fragile laptops and tablets, providing fast, actionable insights into site networks, filling critical visibility gaps that other cybersecurity tools may not address. The solution integrates Nmap technology with a simplified user interface, making scan execution easy for beginners while providing advanced features for experienced users.

The vulnerability scanning tool scans for network segmentation and provisioning errors. The tool locates potential device and configuration risks, and risks and identifies entry points bad actors could use to move laterally inside a network.

CyberScope’s Discovery combines scanning and active probing via five different network interfaces, using multiple technologies to find endpoints and network infrastructure elements. All discovered devices and even endpoint manufacturers can be classified as authorized, unauthorized, neighbor, or unknown. CyberScope provides complete port-by-port details of the network path, both wired and wireless, to any device. The companion Link-Live collaboration, reporting, and analysis platform lets you generate up-to-the-minute accurate topology maps to visualize connections. Request a demo to learn more about NetAlly’s CyberScope.

What are the advantages of CyberScope?

Why is the CyberScope a unique cyber security tool? The CyberScope has multiple advantages:

  • Portability for complete mobility: You can use CyberScope for a long time without worrying about its battery life. It allows you to move around freely and even control it from far away. The tool also enables on-site engineering services for maintenance and other activities.
  • Purpose-built all-in-one cyber security tool: CyberScope has everything you need to fully check and analyze a network. It has different sockets that laptops don’t have, which makes it more useful. You can connect accessories like a keyboard, mouse, and headset, and easily transfer data to your computer. You can even use standard Android apps with it.
  • Easy user interface: CyberScope has a simple and easy-to-use design, including Nmap. AutoTest is a special feature that gives you results quickly and without errors. You can easily understand if something has passed or failed. It helps you see everything in your computer network, from the first to the seventh layer.
  • Remote access empowers smart hands: Sometimes, the person who knows how to fix a problem is not nearby. CyberScope can help solve this problem by allowing remote access using VNC or Link-Live Cloud Service. Even someone without a lot of technical knowledge can easily set it up to work remotely. If you need to teach someone how to use it, you can control it from far away and watch what they’re doing, to make sure they understand it.

Why is vulnerability scanning important?

In conclusion, A proactive approach to network security, such as vulnerability scanning, is crucial in staying on top of security risks. Implementing vulnerability scanning regularly as part of your security strategy will identify the vulnerabilities exposed and prevent the attackers from exploiting them. It also enables industry compliance and promotes a safe digital space. Vulnerability scanning is an essential aspect of network security that network administrators must take seriously to safeguard their network’s security against growing cyber threats.