Tips For Choosing A Network Security Scanner

Often it seems that people get into businesses, particularly online or ecommerce businesses, without realizing all of the rules and requirements for these types of companies.

In the early days of online commerce, there were very few rules and regulations. It wasn't until the middle part of the 1990s that Netscape developed what is now known as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), which is correctly identified as TLS (Transport Layer Security) in the latest versions.

Through the use of an SSL certificate it is possible to provide 256 bit encryption of data from a website to a server. To add to the security, this is coupled with 2048 bit signing keys, creating very secure and safe connection. All of our Comodo SSL/TLS products offer this level of security and assurance, giving customers the confidence in providing their personal and financial details online to make purchases and to connect with companies they may never have done business with in the past.

However, the SSL/TLS products are only one part of the equation to maintaining a secure system. It deals with the website and customer end, and through our Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) digital email certificates we can also encrypt and keep emails safe.

The rest of the system or network may be open to other types of security attacks. To prevent these types of issues and to be in compliance with requirements to be able to process online payments through debit cards, credits cards, e-checks or other forms of payment it will be necessary to use a network security scanner.

The Basics of Vulnerability Scanning

A network security scanner is not a piece of hardware, but rather a software program that goes through the system and checks for areas of vulnerability to cyber attacks and security breaches.

Depending on your company and your industry requirements this scanning may need to occur more or less frequently. For example, a website taking debit or credit card payments will need to complete a vulnerability scan once every quarter so roughly every three months.

Other industries or companies with a significant risk of hacking or security breaches may need to use a network security scanner much more frequently either for their own security audits or to meet specific standards and protocols developed by the company or by the industry as a whole.

There are different software options offered by different companies. Some of the scanners are just very basic and look for simple issues such as an open port or evident and obvious issues such as not having the latest security upgrades or patches installed.

Other more complete and comprehensive types of network security scanner software provide much more significant levels of testing including complete reporting and options to customize the reports and the testing to specific requirements and standards.

What to Consider

It is important to match the customization and the level of testing offered with the network security scanner to your current and potential future needs. Most of the systems will be able to scan physical servers and some will work with the mobile device management options as well.

There are some scanners that are designed to scan more than just the network. They can check the vulnerability of databases and even private devices being used to access the business network. This is a critical consideration if employees are routinely or even infrequently accessing the system from their own devices where your in-house IT team has little control over the security on those devices.

Price will also be a factor. The more times you need to scan the more costly it will be for a pay as you go or SaaS or Software as a Service program. However, for a smaller company, this can be the perfect option, allowing them only to pay for the specific scanning options they use without paying for licensing fees for the entire year.

Some systems are even designed to automatically download patches or any missing security updates that are discovered. This can help to save time and may be a very important choice for a small company without a full IT department to manage in-house equipment and network security.

To learn more about the benefits of using Comodo's network security scanner, see our sales team online. They are available through the Live Chat box on any page of the website at You can also feel free to give them a call at +1 888 266 6361 to discuss your business, your security needs and your network safety.

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