6 Reasons to Use a Network Security Scanner

The sheer volume of online threats makes the use of a network scanner a sensible strategy for the conscientious IT department. Good network scanner solutions provide a centralized view of the weaknesses and vulnerabilities that can impact the security of a corporate network. Network administrators should consider these six key reasons for using a network scanner :
  • Identifying missing patches and their deployment across a range of operating systems and software solutions can be extremely difficult to manage and keep track of manually, and failing to do so can be a regular basis can be disastrous. A good network scanner will not only identify those patches that are missing but incorporate patch management functionality, capable of deploying security updates across all servers and client systems.

  • Few network administrators have the time to read up on every new vulnerability discovered across all the operating systems and software in use on their networks. Thankfully, network scanner solutions have the ability to check systems against vulnerability databases.

  • Without a network scanner solution in place, it can be tricky to continually monitor all the software installed on each computer across an organization. The network auditing features of these solutions make it a lot easier by providing IT staff with at-a-glance access to a range of pertinent information. This can range from reports showing exactly what software is installed on each PC, to the status of your antivirus updates.
    This useful information helps to draw attention to problems that may otherwise have gone undetected, such as disabled firewalls, open ports or scheduled virus scans, and rogue software applications.

  • As system users become more technically aware, the risk of them connecting devices to the network and unknowingly introducing security risks increases. Using a network scanner solution with asset management capabilities ensures that IT staff quickly become aware when this happens. By keeping a record of all the devices on the network, the IT department is also able to respond more effectively when equipment is moved, lost, or stolen.

  • Modern companies face an increasing burden with regard to regulatory compliance, and failing to adequately secure the network can have serious financial and legal implications. A good network scanner solution can help an organization to achieve compliance. Reports can also enable management teams to prove these requirements are being met in the event of an audit.

  • Time is often in short supply for overstretched IT departments. All of the elements of system management that are aided by the use of a network scanner solution free up more of this valuable resource for use on other tasks.
Network scanner solutions make life a bit easier for busy IT staff. Tasks such as asset inventory management and deployment of security patches are time-consuming when manual intervention is required.

When properly configured, a network scanner product saves time for the administrator and lowers the risk of errors that could have occurred had the job been done manually.

This guest post was provided by Ben Taylor on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. More Info: GFI Network Scanner.