Network Security Scanner

Definition - What does Network Security Scanner mean?

A network security scanner is a software tool that scans an entire network and its nodes for security vulnerabilities and loopholes. It is an automated solution that scans, assesses and evaluates the security posture and strength of the underlying network.

A network security scanner is also known as a network vulnerability scanner.

Techopedia explains Network Security Scanner

A network security scanner is primarily used by network security or network administrators to evaluate a network's security. Typically, a network security scanner scans all known and possible vulnerabilities and threats. It scans all devices including:

  • Routers
  • Servers
  • Firewalls
  • Client computers

Network security scanners check for vulnerabilities such as:

  • Password strength
  • Open ports
  • Scripts
  • Operating system controls

Most scanners after analysis provide a reporting feature that reports:

  • IT assets
  • Associated vulnerabilities
  • Prioritized threats
  • Percentage of risk vulnerability
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