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10 Handy Tools For Network Discovery And Mapping

10 Handy Tools For Network Discovery And Mapping:

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Network security requires proper knowledge about network discovery and mapping tools

Tuesday, September 02, 2014:  Security professionals follow a dictum sincerely, that is “know thyself”. If the question comes to network security then the most important task is to know about network discovery and mapping. There are some updated network diagrams and inventory lists. If you find it hard to figure out what you are protecting then these tools may help you with very little efforts:
Network discovery tools, mapping tools, network security,  Open-Audit,  Netsurveyor Wi-Fi scanner,  Advanced IP Scanner,  Overlook,  Spiceworks,  Cheops-ng,  OpenNMS, NetworkView, Nmap,  Angry IP Scanner

1. Open-Audit: 

There is a network discovery, inventory and audit program, Open-Audit, and it is a free open-source software. It allows scanning the network and store information about configurations of discovered devices. It also offers a framework to produce reports about software licensing, configuration changes, non-authorized devices and so on.

2. Netsurveyor Wi-Fi scanner: 

With this Netsurveyor Wi-Fi scanner you can know more about your WiFi networks. Among all the features, the site survey features that can report on new access points and their locations to head off issues of rogue access points, are the most helpful ones.

3. Advanced IP Scanner: 

Advanced IP Scanner is a handy tool which scans very fast and detects network devices, including WiFi routers. It also scans ports to find HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, RDP and shared folders and also allows the user to connect to all computers on the network running Radmin Server. This scanner is equipped with ping, tracert, telnet, and SSH commands.

4. Overlook: 

Overlook is a utility which runs on a desktop or a mobile device. It provides visibility to devices which are currently on the network, giving the user a look into IP and MAC addresses, device vendors, and ISP location. The application comes for free but there's a paid add-on service too for a monthly fee. This paid service offers advanced monitoring and analysis tools which are built on the discovery engine.

5. Spiceworks: 

This tool makes your understanding of the network better by creating interactive network diagrams which offer useful visualizations about bandwidth utilizations pointing to infected nodes.

6. Cheops-ng: 

This is another mapping alternative which offers free mapping and monitoring for network discovery. It also offers a visual way to see relationships between nodes.This software can also probe hosts to see which services they're running.

7. OpenNMS: 

OpenNMS is a network management application platform. It provides discovery and event notification about network devices. It can also involve in event management and it manages other events also like SNMP Traps, syslog, or TL/1.

8. NetworkView: 

NetworkView is an affordable way, but not free, to discover network devices. It can be run on a desktop or via a flash drive. It allows discovering TCP/IP nodes and routes using DNS, SNMP, Ports, NetBIOS and WMI. All the relevant details are provided by it like MAC addresses and manufacturer names in printable maps and reports.

9. Nmap: 

There are multiple ways to explore resources despite IP filters, firewalls, and routers.Nmap is a go-to tool which develops network inventories including managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime.

10. Angry IP Scanner: 

AAngry IP Scanner is a lightweight, simple IP scanner which uses a multithreaded scanning technique for fast scans with results that can be saved to CSV, TXT, XML, or IP-Port list files. It offers a flexible Java-based framework and it can be easily extended through plugins to gather additional information about scanned IPs.

Courtesy: InformationWeek 

Sanchari Banerjee, EFYTIMES News Network 


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