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Network Asset & Device Discovery

Administrators and systems managers crave network transparency. A deep understanding of device relationships and how they communicate with one another gives them oversight and control over business systems, which are essential to wireless network security.

What is Network Discovery?

The first step in securing your environment is knowing your environment. Network discovery is basically the blueprint of your network—all of the devices that are or have been on it. This is no longer limited to computers. This includes every device capable of connecting or exchanging data. Think mobile devices, routers, printers, cameras, televisions, or even coffee makers and wearable exercise trackers.


The Biggest Challenges for Network Asset & Device Discovery

What used to be a relatively flat network for some enterprises has become a tangle of connected devices that expanded within the digital world. This recency is the main reason why many enterprises still don’t have a dedicated plan for IT asset management.

Asset management and device discovery are more complicated tasks than ever due to:


Most businesses are operating with employee-owned devices. They bring their own mobile phones, laptops, and tablets to use on the enterprise network, and many businesses have no way to enforce policies and meet the compliance requirements for enumerating assets. Employees, in an effort to balance business and personal work, have figured out ways to work around often outdated or unenforceable usage policies.


Many enterprises do have security-focused solutions in place, such as mobile device management (MDM), but these technologies are often considered to be too severe. Many employees will flat out refuse to let their employers impose what is perceived as spyware on their personal devices. That leads to workarounds by employees bringing unchecked devices to work, not realizing the risk of security issues and breaches.


As the Internet of Things expands, other devices have eclipsed the onslaught of Bring Your Own Device policies. Virtually all security systems, building systems, medical devices, food and convenience machines, and more come with network connectivity options, and many are turned on by default.


Traditional security technology is limited in its ability to be deal with IoT devices. It is often unable to run security software and detect these non-traditional computing asset, as IoT communicates with its own switches and gateways across a range of protocols. And since they’re online most of the time, the expanded attack surface creates more risk. Closing the IoT security gap requires a different approach that can leverage your existing investment.

What can network discovery do?

Network asset discovery can determine exactly what devices and nodes are part of a network at any given time. Network visibility across an entire enterprise may be the most complicated challenge systems managers are facing. It requires complete oversight of what’s on or near a network and an efficient means of tracking asset inventory.

Benefits of Network Device Discovery Tools

Pwn Pulse is Pwnie Express’ network device discovery platform. It starts with visibility, giving administrators and system managers transparency and control, even through a chaotic stream of devices, sensors, and infrastructure owned by different stakeholders. It’s the preeminent solution for network asset discovery and monitoring.


The Pulse Platform will show you everything you control through your distributed global enterprise. This includes all devices that belong in your network and those that exist in the vicinity of your networks, which gives you unprecedented situational awareness and ability to have constant surveillance.


You can quickly and easily build an asset inventory that will allow you to sort what does and doesn’t belong as well as create search criteria for devices to locate them by any number of assigned characteristics.


Use the power of Pwn Pulse to track corporate-affiliated devices and their behaviors without intrusive agents, software, and overhead. You can immediately know which devices are part of what networks, and sort your assets by their designated characteristics.


By building an asset inventory, you’ll always know what belongs to your network and what shouldn’t be there, which makes compliance simple. This visibility gives administrators more control and enables better decision making when deploying security resources over a complicated network of devices.


Tracking asset inventory and having complete visibility over the network allows system administrators to detect and mitigate threats in real-time. They can detect rogue devices before they cause any security issues.

What Are Wireless Sniffers?

Wireless sniffers are programs or hardware that can intercept and collect data that passes through a network or part of a network. Sniffers can capture packets of raw data and decode them into a readable format. They are often referred to as wireless packet sniffers, wireless network sniffers, or even network analyzers.


Wireless sniffers can be used for everything from analyzing network problems to detecting intrusion attempts, but what they are capable of makes them useful for rogue actors as well. They will use wireless sniffers to steal valuable data, especially logins and passwords.


These attacks usually occur on unsecure networks, like public Wifi networks, but that doesn’t always mean that secure networks are safe. Enterprises need network visibility to locate and mitigate rogue device threats, including those from wireless sniffers.

Protect Your Network Security with Network Asset Discovery

Get real-time visibility of your network and the surrounding airspace

Detect rogue and unauthorized devices and networks

Give system managers and administrators more oversight

Continuously monitor changes in your network environment

Keep a searchable inventory of all devices

Protect your valuable
digital assets


With distributed vulnerability management, continuous wireless network assessments and remote pentesting, Pulse can make compliance easier for:

CSC #1 is a baseline requirement that is considered a foundational requirement and is prevalent in all compliance requirements. It requires that you actively manage (inventory, track, and correct) all hardware devices on the network so that only authorized devices are given access, and unauthorized and unmanaged devices are found and prevented from gaining access.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is needed by companies who accept credit card payments. If you plan to process and transmit data from credit card holders, you need to be PCI compliant. Having an intrusion prevention system will help you be PCI compliant.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation enforces reliability standards for the supply of power in North America. NERC compliance is mandatory, and wireless network security is important for approval.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is the standard for making sure patient data is secure and protected. Wireless network security is paramount in protecting sensitive patient information.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commision regulates interstate transmission and sales of natural gas and electricity in the U.S. Any company that buys or sells natural gas or electricity must be compliant with FERC security standards, and network security is a huge aspect of that.


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