Vulnerability Scanning

  • What is Vulnerability Scanning?

    The HEAnet Network Vulnerability Service is a no-cost, risk- assessment service for discovering security holes in a client’s IP network.

    It allows HEAnet clients to closely examine their networks for faults that, if not fixed, could become serious threats to their organisation’s network security.

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This powerful tool allows member institutions to probe their network’s Internet-facing devices, identifying any aspects of it that may be vulnerable to attack or be compromised. It seeks out security holes and bugs in host operating systems and application software that could cause serious issues.

The HEAnet Network Scanning Service is provided as part of HEAnet’s service to clients and is covered by existing Client Service Agreements.

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  • Why do I Need Vulnerability Scanning?

    The need for IT departments to have a thorough, dependable way to check their network for vulnerabilities is more pressing than ever.

    This service, based on Tenable’s powerful Nessus vulnerability scanner, allows IT departments to gain a detailed overview by conducting a complete network scan.

    The service sequentially examines all aspects of the network in order to locate vulnerabilities, logs them, and delivers a detailed report upon completion.

  • With an improved reporting process and the ability to specifically scan for the very latest vulnerabilities and security concerns (e.g. Heartbleed, POODLE vulnerabilities), this tool can highlight instances where the institution may be at risk.

    Routine use of the vulnerability scanning tool forms part of an effective risk mitigation process. This is one of the most useful tools that can be deployed in a risk-minimisation plan. It could unearth vulnerabilities that standard “eyes-only” scanning misses.

Part of an Integrated Strategy

By using this service to gather detailed information in a structured manner, an IT department can stay fully informed as to the state and readiness of the network, via clearly defined risk levels.

Contact HEAnet

Support for Vulnerability Scanning is provided through the HEAnet NOC.

You can contact the HEAnet NOC by emailing or by calling 01-660-9040, Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:30.

The HEAnet NOC is committed to ensuring every client receives a consistent, responsive service with an emphasis on minimising client disruption.