Secunia is muscling its way into the corporate vulnerability scanning market with a new tool that challenges established players like Tenable, Qualys and Sourcefire.
The new NSI (Network Software Inspector), currently available as a free beta, is an expansion of the company's Software Inspector, a nifty utility that helps computer users pinpoint software programs that are missing security patches.
Secunia says the NSI can be used by corporate network administrators to find out exactly what's installed, what needs patching or which applications are out of support. It can be used to:
- Find all software installed down to the exact version number.
- Verify that the latest security patches and secure versions are installed
- Detect products that have reached End-of-Life product support from the vendor.
- Provide a UI for the mapping of vulnerable applications across a network.
The tool uses file signatures to inspect about 4,000 different applications and correlates information from its security alerts aggregation service.