GFI Software today announced it has launched a new reporting software for GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner 7.0 (GFI LANguard N.S.S 7.0), the latest version of its security scanning and patch management product. Each ReportPack provides a set of management and IT-level reports for GFI products through GFI’s enhanced and centralised reporting framework, GFI ReportCenter.
The GFI LANguard N.S.S. ReportPack’s primary function is to provide users with a simple, easy to use graphical security health check of their network. Data can be collated by the software to demonstrate and analyse trends in vulnerabilities, allowing organisations to make informed decisions or measure the value of a security investment in their IT infrastructure.
The reports can be presented in different views and, in a variety of formats, making them suitable for technical support staff, IT administrators, as well as C-level management. Data can be collated and shown in graphical or tabular formats, so that managers with limited technical knowledge can assess and process the data quickly and accurately. The easy to understand format can help IT staff to communicate issues and present possible solutions to their management teams more effectively. According to a recent survey conducted by IDC*, most respondents said they expect dialogue between corporate executives and information security professionals to evolve from a technical security discussion to one of risk-management strategies.
The software can diagnose the 20 most vulnerable hosts and detect the origin of security threats. This allows companies to quickly act upon the source of the problem, thereby taking steps to prevent the situation from progressing, avoiding or minimising disrupted workflow and downtime.
Vulnerabilities can be identified and grouped by operating system or by host, allowing IT staff to isolate the problem and implement contingency plans more easily. Having more customisation options ensures that IT administrators know exactly when and where there are network vulnerabilities such as missing patches or the largest amount of open trojan ports.
Reports can be scheduled to take place at regular intervals, for instance, prior to a meeting with the board to discuss progress of a new IT implementation. Reports can also be automatically exported in various formats from PDF to Excel and other formats, according to the user’s preference or to suit the task in hand.
Andre Muscat, product manager for GFI LANguard N.S.S. comments: “Management-level staff are increasingly sharing responsibility for security issues with IT staff, so it is imperative that the issues and potential solutions are presented succinctly. GFI LANguard N.S.S. ReportPack produces reports that are easily comprehensible, thereby narrowing the communications chasm between management and IT staff. IT staff can identify vulnerabilities more easily and supported by the reports, communicate security strategies to management staff more effectively.”