Part of the fun of doing these product reviews is getting to see new takes on the same old problem. Sometimes a product comes along in a space that has reached maturity and changes the game a bit. This is one of those products. The Internal Scan - Cloud Edition from netVigilance provides vulnerability assessment from the outside looking in. This solution performs scans from the cybercriminal's perspective and scans internet-facing systems, providing a clear picture of vulnerability.
We found this tool to be easy to install, configure and manage. The only installation required is a small client that can be loaded inside the enterprise on a Windows XP machine. After the client is installed, all other management is done via a web browser that connects to the netVigilance cloud service. From this web GUI, scans can be run and reports generated just as if it was running inside the environment, but there is no overhead and no expensive hardware to buy.
This service provides a robust scanning platform as well. There are several prebuilt policies readily available - including a Safe Scan mode all the way through high risk and several compliance-based scans. After scans are complete, reports can easily be downloaded in several formats.
Documentation included a single, easy-to-follow PDF on how to use the cloud service.
Support offered by netVigilance includes no-cost phone and email technical help Monday through Friday, as well as access to updates and product upgrades for the first 12 months. After then, customers can purchase additional assistance through support agreements.
At a price just shy of $12,000 to scan 1,024 IPs, we find this product to be an excellent value for the money. The netVigilance Internal Scan - Cloud Edition provides a true vulnerability picture in an easy-to-use, low overhead product.