Why You Need a Vulnerability Scanner for Windows Web Servers

A web server misconfiguration can also lead to a successful web application hack attack. Scan your web application and web server with the Netsparker vulnerability scanner.

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Data breaches can happen at any time, and new threats emerge every day. Regardless of the operating systems and platforms used to build and host web applications--including .NET and Microsoft Windows IIS--all are vulnerable to outside attack from those seeking access to your company's information assets. Netsparker’s vulnerability scanner uses a number of heuristic security vulnerability checks during vulnerability scanning to thoroughly scan your web servers for misconfigurations that might lead to weakened security if they are not addressed.

How Can You Protect Your Information Assets?

To protect your network security and your web applications, some standard advice applies. Using secure network firewalls, backing up data, and updating security patches are a given. You can also use the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer to check that you addressed some security best practises on your Microsoft Windows operating systems.

But in order to build a comprehensive vulnerability assessment and vulnerability management plan, you need a robust security scanner to do vulnerability scanning, so you get ahead of these threat risks regardless of the security protections in place for your network.

Although firewalls, or perimeter defences, do much to restrict access via IP addresses, they cannot control web traffic sent to and from web applications. Because of this, traditional security tools have their limits. They cannot identify web vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit, like SQL Injection, or Cross-site scripting (XSS).

But Netsparker's dead accurate vulnerability scanner can. Available as a desktop software that runs on Microsoft operating systems, hosted and self-hosted editions for those who use the Linux operating systems, Netsparker scans for common web security vulnerabilities including those that appear on the OWASP Top Ten Report of web security risks as well as others that appear in the wild.

Our web security scanner runs automatically and reliably. Netsparker supports AJAX and JavaScript-based applications and scans for vulnerabilities HTML5, Web 2.0, Single Page Applications (SPAs) and any other type of web applications.

The Netsparker web application security scanner also scans the web server the application of web service is hosted on for security misconfigurations. So in case your web application is hosted on a Windows web server, the scanner also scans the Internet Information Services (IIS) web server service.

When Netsparker identifies an issue it also generates a proof of exploit, confirming they are not false positives. This saves your IT team time and energy, eliminating the need to double-check vulnerability reports for accuracy.

Additional Features of Netsparker's Vulnerability Scanner

Leveraging our Netsparker Hawk vulnerability testing infrastructure, our scanners can also detect Out-of-Band SQL Injection, Server-side Request Forgery (SSRF), Blind Cross-site Scripting and other second order and async web application vulnerabilities in addition to more common vulnerabilities.

Netsparker's web vulnerability scanner also allows you to generate varied reports, including those required for PCI DSS, HIPAA and other compliance, or for internal use with your developers and team managers.

Try Netsparker Today to See Why Our Scanner Leads the Pack

Vulnerability assessments are essential for all systems. Though there are many security tools out there, Netsparker's reliable and flexible vulnerability scanning provides dead accurate crawling and the highest web vulnerabilities detection rate.

Get a free trial of our web vulnerability scanner solution. Our advanced scanner identifies complex vulnerabilities and can scale on demand, making it an agile solution for businesses of any size. Try Netsparker today and see why our clients say that we bring a high level of assurance to their IT security management.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
"We chose Netsparker because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs."