Advanced Port Scanner

About Network Port Scanner

Port scanner probes the entire network to find the open ports, services running on the, the OS type, and network address. The advanced port scanner tool scans both TCP and UDP ports, which act as a medium of communication between network processes. Gaining visibility into what services is running in which port helps secure networks from unauthorized access. As a network admin, use port scanner software to scan your network for open ports, the switches to which these ports have been connected, the services running on them, and associate the known services with the identified services. Port scan tool helps you verify if your services are accessible in the network. In addition, you can associate these ports with your network IP address space with an advanced IP scanner, to gain in-depth IP specific insights on your network interfaces.

What is a Port Scanner?

Network port scanner aids you in performing a network reconnaissance of your network ports and switches. On a large network, monitoring and managing open ports can be extremely time-consuming. On scanning ports with your local device, the results are limited because of firewalls and network restrictions. Network Scanning Tools on the other-hand, give you a comprehensive view of your network, integrating with your network architecture. The real-time port scanner gives you a view of how your network end-points are seen outside your network. An advanced port scanner tool helps you in the task by aiding,

Enabling End to end port scan tool:

Find open TCP or UDP ports in your network efficiently with a port scanner tool. A port scanner software can continually scan your network and update you with the status of network ports, connected switches and the services running on them. This enables network admins to monitor and manage their network perimeter with a port scanner.

Eliminating manual switch port mapping:

Any given switch in a network is associated with a set of ports, and manually tracing and keeping note of them is a tedious process. A network port scanner tool on conducting a real time port scanning, enables the network admin to receive detailed insight into switch port mapping without having to trace the cables manually.

Why is port scanning important?

Without having an efficient advanced port scanner tool in your network can open up your network to various threats. Ports left unmonitored may lead to various attacks on your network under monitor, including data breach. Using a Network Port Scanner helps you avert these risks. With a port scanner you can quickly view and secure all the TCP/UDP ports and services in your network, that could be exploited for a network attack.

Risks of not using an advance port scanning tool:

Open port vulnerabilities:

Some ports might remain continually open, presenting a potential vulnerability to the network. An intruder can use this to wreak havoc in the normal flow of network operations.

Avoid data leakage:

Network ports have to be closely monitored by an effective network port scanning tool in order to avoid any data leakage, and aid in securing communication between the computing processes.

Setting up an advanced port scanning tool like OpUtils can help you to virtually eliminate these risk vectors.

OpUtils' advanced network port scanner

The advanced port scanning tool finds the status of ports in a network by attempting to connect to any open ports. This enables admins to check if network configurations are set up according to the organization's security policies, and remedy them if they are in violation. The port scanning tools consists of features such as:

  1. Real-time switch port mapping.
  2. A comprehensive summary of network ports.
  3. Alerts and email notifications.
  4. Port scanner widgets.
  5. Administrative Interface enabling and disabling.
  6. Port scan scheduling.
  7. Role-based access management.

Real-time switch port mapping.

With OpUtils network port scanner, a network admin can scan ports in real time by manually adding switches, importing from a CSV file, or by discovering all the switches in the given IP range by performing a network port scan. Once the switches have been added, the advanced port scanner software displays all the ports that are associated with the corresponding switches. These details are continually updated by the port scanner in order to avoid inconsistency. Thus a port scanning software gives you a clearer view into your networks endpoints.

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A comprehensive summary of network ports.

With the advanced port scanning software, a network admin can view the Port Summary by clicking on the port address. This summary displays the details of ifIndex (interface), ifName, ifDesc (description), ifType, Port Speed, Port Availability, Admin Status, and more, this data is pulled by the network port scanner tool.

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Custom alerts and email notifications.

Port scanning using an advanced port scanner, finds all network entry points available in a target device and helps to secure them. The network port scanner software raises alarms if there are any change in behaviour of these ports. Mail servers can be configured to receive alerts via email notifications. This allows the network admin to monitor and diagnose a network more efficiently. Alerts are generated when:

  1. There is a change in the state of the port from Transient to Available.
  2. There is a change in the state of the port from Available to Used.
  3. Multiple devices are detected in the same port.
  4. The device connected to a port has been changed.
  5. Users move on the network.

Thus a diverse range of alerts by advanced port scan helps the admin troubleshoot the port monitoring issues.

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Port scanner widgets.

OpUtils' real time port scanner has a collection of widgets that provide crucial information about the state of the ports at a glance. These widgets pull-out data from the port scan run by advanced port scanner, and consolidates into an intuitive representation. The widgets on the dashboard provide insights on:

  1. Port Availability Summary.
  2. Port Availability Summary HeatMap.
  3. Top Ten Groups with Free ports.
  4. Top Ten Groups with occupied ports.
  5. Top Ten Switches with Free ports.
  6. Top Ten Switches with occupied port.
The network admin can view all these details right from the network port scanner dashboard.

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Administrative Interface enabling and disabling.

Port Scan provides visibility into what service is running in a target port. Services listening to a port communicate with a client application, by exchanging data. Malicious agents can exploit this and gain unauthorized access in to the network. Port scanner regularly initiates port scanning to display a list of scanned ports. From the list of scanned ports, the network admin can enable or disable interfaces using the advanced port scanner tool. Unused interfaces or malicious interfaces in the network can be disabled using the port scanner tool to aid in efficient monitoring and management. Thus an port scanning software aids you in securing your network better.

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Port scan scheduling.

The advanced port scan automates network scanning by allowing the admin to schedule network scans. Once scheduled, the port scanner periodically scans the switches to discover new ports and report port state changes. A port scanning software automates the monotonous network scanning task.

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Role-based access management.

Multiple users with access to network port scanning and monitoring can be created using the advance port scanner. OpUtils' advance port scanner provides administrator and operator roles for users. These users can be managed by the IT administrator using an advance port scanner.

Scan ports with OpUtils advanced port scanner, which is a port Scanner for windows and Linux OS.

Getting started with OpUtils Advanced Port Scanner

If you are new to OpUtils, schedule a live demo with a product expert. We would be pleased to uncover all the port scanner and switch port management features OpUtils has to offer, as well as answer your questions. Take a feature tour and explore how you can eliminate hassles of port scanning and IP address management with OpUtils.

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