Certified Security Operations Center GmbH

13. June 2024

Advanced IP Scanner: Identifying Risks and Strengthening Network Security

Recently, there has been an increasing number of reports in our control center regarding the use of “Advanced IP Scanner” in our customers’ networks. This tool is often exploited by amateur attackers or at least leveraged by them. This is concerning because such scanners can uncover security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by potential attackers. However, it is observed that many companies use such scanners without being aware of the potential risks involved.

Today, we would like to draw attention to the risks associated with using “Advanced IP Scanner” in a corporate network.

Risks for the Company

  • Identification of vulnerabilities and points of attack: Attackers often use simple tools like “Advanced IP Scanner” to quickly and efficiently search for open ports, services, and system information that can reveal potential points of attack.
  • Collection of sensitive information: An IP scanner can disclose details such as IP addresses, device names, operating system details, and specific running services on a device. This information can help an attacker create a detailed profile of the network and identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited to gain unauthorized access.
  • Cyber attacks leveraging collected information: Experienced attackers can use the gathered information to execute targeted attacks. This may include exploiting known vulnerabilities in specific services or conducting phishing attacks targeting specific users or roles within the organization.

It’s important to note that using tools like “Advanced IP Scanner” is not inherently bad. They can be valuable instruments for network administrators to assess network security. The issue arises when they are used without the corresponding awareness of the associated risks. Therefore, companies should ensure they implement appropriate security measures and educate their employees about the potential risks involved.

Recommended actions for companies

It is strongly advisable to transition to professional security tools that offer broader coverage and are specifically designed to detect and ward off potential threats. Simultaneously, basic security measures should be implemented, such as regular software and operating system updates, proper firewall configuration, monitoring systems, and employee training in handling potential security threats. Only through a holistic approach can businesses effectively protect their network environment and prepare for potential attacks. To ensure the security of the corporate network and minimize the risk of attacks, the following measures should be taken:

  • Invest in professional security solutions that offer advanced features for detecting and thwarting attacks. These tools are often more capable of identifying and blocking potential threats early on.
  • Conduct regular security audits and penetration tests to identify and address potential vulnerabilities in your network.
  • Implement strong access control mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access to the network. This includes using secure passwords and implementing multi-factor authentication wherever possible.
  • Educate your employees about the risks of amateur attacks and the importance of secure practices when handling network resources.
    Regularly train them on secure password management and how to deal with suspicious emails or links.
  • Ensure that all systems and software are regularly updated and patched to close known security holes and minimize the risk of attacks.

By implementing these measures, you can enhance the security of your corporate network and better protect against potential attacks. For further questions or assistance, feel free to reach out to the CSOC team.