NMAP, which is shortened from “Networkmap” is an open-source (free) port scanner software program designed to scan networks for connected systems and details. NMAP is generally referred to as a “port scanner” because it relies heavily on detecting which ports are open to determine operating system (OS) and other details. While NMAP and some other port scanners are an excellent tools to use among a set of tools designed to discover, inventory, and manage connected devices, it is not as valuable a resource when used as a standalone solution.
Additionally, there can be a steep learning curve to master the ins and outs of configuring NMAP and other port scanner.
Instead of simply dumping out a list of online devices IP addresses, MAC addresses, OSes, and other difficult to decipher devices like NMAP and other port scanners, the IoT Security Appliance (IoTSA, whether it be the IoT-mini or the IoT-max) first differentiates the devices that are already managed. A “managed device” is defined as any device that traditionally has security management, like a server or laptop. There is no need for the added control of these devices, so the IoTSA adds them to the inventory and focuses on the devices that need management, everything else.
Let’s be honest: we don’t expect you to read a blog post and be convinced that the IoT-mini and the IoTSA platform are suitable for your organization. That is why we created the IoT-mini FREE program wherein any qualified organization or IT/IS leader can request and get an IoT-mini completely free. The IoT-mini FREE can be plugged into any network (home, work, VLAN, etc.), anywhere on the network and it does not use TAP/SPAN Ports. It deploys in about 5 minutes and will assess the network for any devices, especially those defined as unmanaged.
Roughly 24-hours after your IoT-mini FREE is plugged in and registered. You will receive a Threat Report detailing everything we found, vulnerabilities, remediation strategies, and other crucial details that will help you better understand and protect the network, devices, data, and people using them.
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