With the explosion of malicious attacks on websites has come the need to monitor websites for vulnerabilities. From the smallest company to large, multi-national corporations, no business is immune to criminal activity. Acunetics has taken a giant leap forward in the monitoring of websites, web applications, and network assets in Acunetics Version 12.
What’s New in Acunetics Version 12?
According to a May 22, 2018 post to the Aquatics blog, the company has defined the upgrades in Version 12 in the six bullet points as follows:
Before we unwrap the new features in Acunetics V12, let’s take a step back and help those unfamiliar with Acunetics understand what Acunetics is and what it does.
Acunetics is a tool used to scan multiple websites, web applications, and network assets for vulnerabilities. The developers of Acunetics promote the system as a “complete and accurate” scanning platform. Although Acunetics’ competitors may try to pick away at their claims, Acunetics puts out a solid product that is immensely useful in ensuring the security of your company’s web assets.
What Does Acunetics do?
The Acunetics dashboard or user interface shows the user the vulnerabilities detected, the average remediation time for those vulnerabilities, as well as the most frequent vulnerabilities detected across the web assets being monitored.
Acunetics uses the word “target” to refer to the websites, web applications, or network assets that it has been configured to scan.
How Does Acunetics Scanning Work?
Within the drop-down menu in the Acunetics dashboard, the user has the option of choosing from a variety of pre-set scans as well as the added value of building a custom scan.
The pre-set scans are as follows:
Scans can be scheduled to run at a later date or to be run on a regular interval.
As a scan runs, the user can go to the Scan Stats Panel to see the progress of the scan updated in real time.
Acunetics and Reporting
Once your scan has been run, you can then download a report in PDF or HTML of the scan results. The reports give details such as:
One advantage of the Acunetics system is that the user can view all the vulnerabilities across their chosen “targets” in one central location.
Comparison reports of the scans done are available to be produced by the system as well. The comparison reports list all the vulnerabilities for a specific target or allow you to compare vulnerabilities across multiple targets.
Acunetics and Vulnerability Sorting
Acunetics has a powerful built-in filtering function that allows you to:
Digging into the upgrades found in Acunetics Version 12
Acunetics is promoting Version 12 as an increase in automation, speed, and accuracy. So far, Version 12 is living up to the hype.
Acunetics has redesigned their scanning engine from the ground up for Version 12. They claim that it is now the fastest in the industry, and it just might be.
With Version 12, a company can run most scans in half the time it took them to run the same scans on the previous versions of Acunetics.
In addition, a user can set up multiple scan engines and run them from one central console. These scan engines can be deployed over multiple networks over a variety of geo-locations.
The multiuser, multirole environment has been enhanced in Version 12 with the introduction of two important security functions.
In addition to the dramatically improved scanning speed to which we have already referred, Version 12 now allows:
After having thoroughly reviewed Acunetics Version 12, the opinion of the IT services and IT consulting professionals of Alliance Technology Partners is that Version 12 is a significant improvement to an already robust web application, website, and network asset vulnerability scanning platform.
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