IT teams require visibility into their network in order to fulfill
their respective duties—they may not be able to understand the
relationship between devices and how they communicate with each other
when network discovery is not in play. When networks experience
downtime, network discovery provides response teams with relevant data,
allowing them to more quickly identify and address the issue.
Hybrid networks, such as virtual, wired, and wireless networks can
complicate a network topology and make it difficult for IT teams to
identify any root causes when an incident or issue occurs. And, as
digital operations continue to increase in scale, networks are also
beginning to change in terms of layout. BYOD policies and increased
dependency on smart technology mean that employees are adding personal
devices to the workplace. As such, monitoring basic health metrics is no
longer a usable baseline—businesses must be able to use network
discovery tools to have visibility of all internal activity.
Cybersecurity is also aided by network discovery, as invalid IP
addresses can be identified as a sign of a malicious device that is
carrying malware. IT and Security teams may use network discovery to run
regular scans to identify any threats that might be sitting quietly on a
network, poised for attack.
Network discovery can further improve security by helping teams
identify open ports on connected devices, and inform decisions regarding
which ports do and do not need to be open for business operations to