In Netsparker Cloud you can use the Groups feature to group a number of websites under a common identifier. By grouping websites you can scan all the websites in that group simultaneously using the same scan policy. Websites groups scans can also be scheduled like single website security scans.
Therefore the Groups feature is another tool in Netsparker Cloud that helps you ease the process of managing the security of many websites. This blog posts gives an introduction to Groups in Netsparker Cloud and also uses an example to show how Groups can be used.
Groups allow for better management of the security of all websites in your Netsparker Cloud account, especially if you have a large number of websites. For example you can group websites depending on their location, state or importance. Here are some practical examples:
You can use Netsparker Cloud to scan web applications during the different stages of development and also once they are live. Considering that most probably you also have different scan policies, you can group all the staging and live websites under different groups. By doing so you can easily scan all live websites simultaneously using a specific scan policy or all the websites on the staging server using another scan policy.
Another example would be to use Groups to split websites depending on their location. For example since there are many differences between the laws in the US and the EU, it is normal to have the US and EU based websites running under a different configuration. And since you have to use different scan policies you can use Groups to easily scan all the websites in a specific location collectively.
Yes, a website can be included in more than one group. For example:
By default your Netsparker Cloud account has a built-in group called Default. This group cannot be deleted and unless specified otherwise, the new websites you add to your Netsparker Cloud account will be automatically added to the Default group.
To add a new group in Netsparker Cloud simply click on the New Group node in the Websites sidebar menu, specify a group name and save it.
To add a website to a group navigate to the website's settings and check the tickboxes of the group names you want the website to be part of.
To get an overview of the security state of all websites in a particular group, navigate to Netsparker Cloud dashboard and use the groups drop down menu to select the group. Once you select the group the Netsparker Cloud dashboard will be updated to reflect the security state of all the websites in the chosen group.
To scan a number of websites simultaneously in Netsparker Cloud you should launch a group scan. There are three different methods which you can use to launch a website group scan in Netsparker Cloud, all of which are documented below:
You can also launch a scan from the group’s dashboard view by clicking the Schedule scans for this website group button. Similar as with the other procedures mentioned in this article, proceed to configure, launch or schedule the web security scan.