Qualys Network Passive Sensor

Qualys Network Passive Sensor helps you to detect automatically, and profile devices connected to your network, eliminating blind spots across your IT environment and gaining visibility to all known and unknown assets in your network. Network Passive Sensor (NPS) monitors network activity without any active probing of the device in order to detect the active assets in your network. It also identifies key device attributes that help the PS Microservices on the cloud platform to catalog the devices into operating system/hardware categories. PS also monitors the traffic flow and reports it to the application, helping identify the amount of chatter between communicating endpoints.

Benefits of Qualys Network Passive Sensor

  • Monitors all network traffic and raises an alert for any asset-related activity that requires attention.

  • Identifies and profiles devices the moment they connect to the network, including those difficult to scan, corporate-owned, brought by employees, and rogue IT. The asset metadata is sent immediately to the Qualys Cloud Platform for centralized analysis.

  • Enriches existing asset inventory with additional details, such as recent open ports, traffic summary, network services, and applications in use. Helping you gain a deeper understanding of an asset and its activity on the network in near-real time.

  • Identifies assets that can't be actively scanned or monitored with agents for different reasons. That's often the case with assets like industrial equipment, IoT, and medical devices.

  • Aggregates and correlates the data gathered from various sensors, including Qualys Passive Sensors, Qualys network sensors, and Qualys Cloud Agent. and provide a comprehensive, detailed inventory of all your hardware and software, as well as a multi-dimensional view of your global, hybrid IT environment. 

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