Advanced Port Scanner Software

What is an Advanced Port Scanning Tool?

The advanced port scanner utility is an important aspect of scanning and managing network ports, which act as a medium of communication between processes in a network.

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. An advanced port scanner enables the network admin to receive detailed insight into switch port mapping without having to trace the cables manually.

Why is port scanning important?

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

OpUtils' advanced port scanner tool.

The advanced port scanner 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 advanced port scanner tool 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. Administratively enabling or disabling interfaces.
  6. Port scan scheduling. 
  7. Role-based access management.

Real-time switch port mapping.

With OpUtils network port scanner tool, 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. Once the switches have been added, the advanced port scanner tool displays all the ports that are associated with the corresponding switches.

Advanced Port Scanner - ManageEngine OpUtils

A comprehensive summary of network ports.

With the advanced port scanner, 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.

Advanced Port Scanning Tool - ManageEngine OpUtils

Custom alerts and email notifications.

The network port scanner tool raises alarms regarding the change in behavior of 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.

This helps the admin troubleshoot the port monitoring issues.

Port Scanner Alarm - ManageEngine OpUtils

Port scanner widgets.

OpUtils' port scanner tool has a collection of widgets that provide crucial information about the state of the ports at a glance. 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.

Network Port Scanner - ManageEngine OpUtils

Administratively enabling or disabling interfaces.

From the list of scanned ports, the network admin can enable or disable interfaces using the 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

Port Scanner Interface - ManageEngine OpUtils

Scheduling port scans.

The advanced port scanner tool 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.

Port Scanner Tools - ManageEngine OpUtils

Role-based access management.

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

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