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network security scanning software

Capture software inventory and start monitoring your network out-of-the-box

network security scanning software

Capture software inventory and start monitoring your network out-of-the-box

Network security scanning software is essential for identifying data vulnerabilities and helping to protect your managed networks. Internal network vulnerability scanning software can help you address security gaps and prevent issues before they occur.

SolarWinds® RMM offers total visibility for devices connected to your networks with active device discovery. Asset and inventory tracking monitors client software and hardware, so you know exactly what assets your customers have as you scan for vulnerabilities. This fosters simple and intuitive network security management, which in turn helps you provide timely and comprehensive service to your customers.

Safeguard customers with a multi-layered security solution

network security scanning software

Safeguard customers with a multi-layered security solution

No matter the size of your MSP business, your clients expect you to provide the network security protections necessary to keep them safe. SolarWinds RMM helps makes it easy.

This layered security solution combines multiple different security technologies to provide advanced levels of network security. Security capabilities within SolarWinds RMM include antivirus, email protection, web protection, device discovery, data backup, and disaster recovery.

When you’re ready to scale up, SolarWinds RMM also easily integrates with additional layers of protection to provide a truly comprehensive experience—such as password protection with SolarWinds Passportal + Documentation Manager, and advanced endpoint protection via SolarWinds Endpoint Detection and Response.

Protect against hackers with robust web protection capabilities

network security scanning software

Protect against hackers with robust web protection capabilities

With ransomware, malware, and other external cybersecurity threats on the rise, MSPs must ramp up their efforts to keep their customers safe while they’re connected to the internet. In addition to its vulnerability scanning features, SolarWinds RMM also offers advanced web protection.

Web protection prevents end users from visiting malicious websites that might put their devices and networks at risk. Web filtering allows you to enforce web-browsing policies in the workplace.

Additionally, whitelists and blacklists allow you to implement proactive internet access controls to limit the websites that end users can visit, helping prevent security breaches and increase user productivity. Internet activity can also be filtered by date, time, category, and URL to expose trends, spikes, and other anomalies.

Finally, RMM comes integrated with managed antivirus software, which works to keep both known and emerging malware off workstations and servers. The solution uses both extensive signature-based scans and heuristic checks to proactively protect customers.

Check the network for vulnerabilities with advanced risk intelligence

network security scanning software

Check the network for vulnerabilities with advanced risk intelligence

Quantifying network security risks financially helps MSPs determine their customers’ data security requirements. The Risk Intelligence feature within SolarWinds RMM enables you to place an estimated dollar amount on the liability a business could face due to a data breach.

Risks and costs can be identified typically in minutes and then organized into meaningful indicators so that customers understand their risk. The tool can also identify real and potential vulnerabilities that can lead to a data breach—whether those risks come from email, malicious web downloads, or other sources—so you can tighten security wherever you need it.

SolarWinds RMM also comes with reporting tools to demonstrate improvements to the bottom line, alert you to increases in risk, and allow you to act quickly and proactively before disaster strikes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Network security - Definition

Network security is defined as the process of securing a computer network infrastructure against network intrusion. As security threats become more and more sophisticated, the need for businesses to adapt has become critical. Organizations need to know the dangers that are out there — and should implement robust security solutions to manage risk.

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What Are Common Network Security Threats?

Some of the most common threats include:

  • Viruses — A computer virus is just like a biological virus. It infects your computer, hijacks certain files and performs unauthorized actions.
  • Worms — The biggest difference between a worm and virus is that a worm doesn't need to attach itself to a specific file. Worms can infiltrate your system via email or over a network.
  • Trojan horses — A Trojan horse will disguise itself as a harmless application, but actually has a malicious purpose.
  • Phishing — An email that looks like it was sent from a legitimate business, but it is really designed to steal personally identifiable information.
  • Spyware and adware — Software that sneaks onto your computer and acquires personal information without the person's consent. It then provides the information to someone else, again, without the person's consent.
  • Denial-of-service attacks — An attack that bombards a network with requests until it crashes.
  • Zero-day attacks — An attack that occurs on the same day the attacker discovers a vulnerability. These are problematic because there's no time for the victim to take precautionary measures.

These threats can scan your network for any sensitive information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and passwords.

How Do You Find Effective Network Security?

Use the following list of considerations to get started.

1. Evaluate Your Current Security Level

Companies typically are unaware of how susceptible their networks and data are to security risks. By assessing its current level of security today, a company can develop the appropriate security strategy for tomorrow.

2. Identify Your Assets

One of the thorniest things to get right with security solutions is making the most of the resources you have while preparing adequately for the future. When evaluating current security levels, companies must start by taking into account what they need to protect. Critical to this effort is determining the number of levels, or layers, of protection a system needs.

After the number of levels is established, determine whether it’s more important to protect your internal information, secure customer information or whether both are equally important. You can then determine how much the assets are worth and where the assets are located within your system.

3. Share Information

Information sharing is a key step for promoting workplace collaboration inside and outside the company. For effective cyber security, responsible data-handling practices are required to determine how shared data is handled inside and outside of your company.

  • Is internal data protected from outside intrusion?
  • Do internal and external users require prompt access to internal data to perform their jobs?
  • Can you control what users have access to what information?
  • Can you assign different levels of access to various network users?

4. Prepare for Next-Generation IT Threats

The tool you select to protect your network today should be scalable, so your company does not outgrow its security tomorrow. With a wave of next-generation IT threats lurking on the horizon, your security tool should be able to cope with the everyday security challenges that tomorrow will bring.

5. Assess Risk

Determine whether a security breach will have far-reaching effects. For example, can an unmitigated breach go as far as to cause your organization lost productivity, interruptions in service or even worse consequences?

6. Consider Regulatory Concerns

If your business environment is regulated, try to place a price tag on the risks of non-compliance. For example, determine whether your business can sustain a certain amount of downtime before it begins to incur financial or reputation losses.

Finding the Right Network Security Solution: Why SolarWinds MSP?

A network security system usually consists of many components that work in concert to create a secure environment in which computers, users, and apps can operate. However, no one loves juggling multiple pieces of software.

Layered security from SolarWinds MSP is the answer. 

MSP RMM is a layered security solution comprising multiple levels of complementary security technologies that work together to provide advanced levels of protection. From best-in-class antivirus, malware, phishing and denial-of-service attacks to web protection, device discovery, network monitoring and backup and disaster recovery — MSP RMM has you covered from all angles of attack. 

And that expert analysis? Receive actionable insights based on the analysis of millions of endpoints across hundreds of thousands of networks. Use them to make smarter decisions that beef up security and prevent problems.

MSP RMM

You can't waste time trying to find a solution that covers all of the bases and works on your operating system. MSP RMM works on Windows, Mac and Linux so you don't have to worry about getting the support your need.

MSP RMM reinvigorates your IT security by providing the most comprehensive set of tools for securing, maintaining and improving your IT operations in a single dashboard. 

Key features include:

  • Patch management
  • Web protection
  • Prescriptive data analytics
  • Data breach risk intelligence
  • Managed antivirus
  • Remote access
  • Automated monitoring and maintenance
  • Backup and disaster recovery
  • Asset and inventory tracking
  • Mobile device management

MSP RMM offloads the majority of your IT maintenance through automation. It takes over routine tasks, checks, alerts and the approval of important patches. 

But MSP RMM doesn’t stop there. It also allows you to automate even more activities by tapping into a library of scripts and by allowing you to upload your own scripts to tailor its automated maintenance to your particular environment and requirements.

Internal Network Scan vs. External Network Vulnerability Scanning

To quickly and effectively identify potential security risks, it's important to run regular internal and external scans of your clients' servers. What's the difference between the two types of scanning?

External scans look for holes in a network firewall. Internal scans look for holes from within the firewall, focusing on programs that have been allowed on the system but can be infiltrated by outside security threats.

Internal scans should also focus on locating information that by itself may seem innocent, but in reality presents a very real risk to a company. This includes highly-sensitive personally identifiable information — credit card information, social security numbers, etc.

As an MSP or IT professional, you need network management solutions that allow for full internal and external network scan capabilities. With the solutions from SolarWinds MSP, you can rest easy knowing that your clients' networks are protected and risks have been fully identified and quantified in dollars.

SolarWinds MSP's Internal Network Scanning Security Software

With risk intelligence solutions from SolarWinds MSP, you can streamline processes and get total visibility of your clients' networks in one interface. Using iScan Online technology, our software allows you to do the following:

  • Have visibility of the sensitive data that exists on networks
  • Reduce the likelihood of a security or data breach
  • Convey the degree of risk to C-level decision makers in monetary value
  • Satisfy compliance regulations
  • Provide security that addresses all potential risks

What is a Network Security Engineer?

If you've ever been in need of someone who can quarantine viruses, malware, spyware and other harmful computer maladies, you might find them handy. A network security engineer protects your network from attacks by erasing bugs that are already existing, and protecting your network from future threats.

Network Security Engineer | Duties and Responsibilities

A network security engineer does a multifaceted job. They are responsible for many different tasks on the IT spectrum. Most of these tasks are related to security.

Some of their many duties include:

  • Maintaining LAN, WAN and server architecture
  • Solve existing security issues, such as viruses or hardware malfunction
  • Testing systems for vulnerabilities in hardware and software
  • Maintaining virtual private networks, firewalls, email security and web protocols, security and programs
  • Creating virus detection systems
  • Developing tracking scripts to record system vulnerabilities
  • Reporting security analysis findings
  • Supervising the instillation of new software and hardware
  • Analyzing and implementing new security protocols and technologies
  • Modifying regulatory systems within IT security
  • Maintaining the integrity of hardware and software
  • Investigating security breech alerts
  • Create and maintain security policies
  • Develop authentication and authorization protocols
  • Occasionally replacing system architecture
  • Maintaining servers and switches

Network Security Engineer | Salary

According to PayScale.com, the average salary of a network security engineer is $85,000, and they have a high level of job satisfaction. Some engineer jobs will require traveling to different branches of a company to oversee instillation or replace an older system’s architecture.

Build a robust security solution around vulnerability scanning software

SolarWinds Remote Monitoring and Management

  • Secure your managed networks with out-of-the-box monitoring capabilities
  • Protect your customers with a layered security solution
  • Take network security scanning software to the next level with risk intelligence