Spiceworks Unveils Free Tools to Help IT Professionals Spot Network Vulnerabilities
Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced four new cloud-based tools to help IT professionals more effectively manage their network. The free, easy-to-use tools including Spiceworks Blacklist Check and IP Reputation, IP Lookup, Port Scanner and Tester, and Subnet Calculator enable IT professionals to analyze unknown IP addresses, identify network vulnerabilities, and understand network ranges.
Spiceworks provides millions of IT professionals with the tools, content, connections, and information needed to do their jobs. By making the new networking tools more accessible, IT professionals can spend less time searching for the tools they need and more time solving IT issues, supporting end users, and focusing on strategic IT projects.
“Spiceworks’ new networking tools don’t require extensive set up and they’re incredibly easy to use,” said Elijah Holiday, IT professional at Piscataway Township. “I’m already in Spiceworks every day to connect with my peers and get answers to various IT issues so it’s convenient to also have the tools I need, when and where I need them.”
The new networking tools Spiceworks announced today include:
- Blacklist Check and IP Reputation – The Spiceworks Blacklist Check and IP Reputation uses AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange to identify if an IP address or hostname is blacklisted or flagged as malicious. IT professionals can use the tool to determine if their organization’s email servers are listed on an anti-spam database or email blacklist. They can also use the tool to check if an unknown IP address that appeared on their organization’s firewall log is a threat.
- IP Lookup – The Spiceworks IP Lookup analyzes IP addresses and hostnames to provide details about the internet service provider’s domain, the organization or owner of the address, and the country, state, and city of origin. The tool can help IT professionals troubleshoot firewall notifications about an intrusion attempt from an unknown IP address and determine if it’s a threat. IT professionals can also use the tool to ensure IP addresses are located in countries deemed safe by their organization.
- Port Scanner and Tester – The Spiceworks Port Scanner and Tester identifies which ports are open to the internet based on a given IP address, regardless of whether it is a router, switch, or server. IT professionals can use the tool to understand how vulnerable their organization is to external attacks so they can modify firewall settings accordingly. It also helps IT professionals test their firewall settings, ensure port forwarding is working properly, and determine if server applications are being blocked by their firewall.
- Subnet Calculator – The Spiceworks Subnet Calculator can be used to understand network ranges and divide organizations’ IP network into smaller subnets. The tool enables IT professionals to quickly set up a new network when deploying a new piece of hardware or migrating to a new internet service provider. IT professionals can also use the tool to resize their existing network when moving data centers or consolidating network infrastructure.
“The IT industry has changed immensely over the past 10 years with a shift toward IT tools that show immediate value so that’s exactly what we’re focused on,” said Tabrez Syed, vice president of products at Spiceworks. “Our goal is to make it easier for IT professionals to find the tools they need as they need them. By giving them access to tools that don’t require a lot of set up and overhead, IT professionals can quickly solve the problem at hand and get back to their busy day.”