Retina Network Security Scanner
Strengths: Solid feature set with easy-to-use scanning controls
Weaknesses: None that we found
Verdict: An excellent vulnerability scanner at a good price. This one gets our Best Buy
Retina Network Security Scanner provides multi-platform vulnerability management. It identifies known and zero-day vulnerabilities and provides security risk assessment, enabling security best practices, policy enforcement and compliance with regulatory audits. It analyses specific pieces of the operating system, applications and policies and targets high-risk host components and how a cybercriminal could potentially leverage them.
This product is a quick and simple install, via a small executable that launches a short setup wizard. After the setup is complete, management and scanning are done through the Retina application. The interface of the application has the feel of Windows Explorer, so it is comfortable and easy to navigate. Setting up and configuring scans is simple and intuitive. It is also available as an appliance with the application already installed.
Retina provides multi-platform network discovery and scalable vulnerability assessment for any size network environment. It can discover network assets, scan them for vulnerabilities, give remediation information and provide a solid set of reports, along with regulatory compliance standards such as SOX, HIPAA, GLBA and PCI. This distributed system can also be controlled with REM, eEye's central management console, to provide complete threat management coverage.
Documentation is in the form of two PDF manuals. The first is an installation guide that provides step-by-step instructions on installing Retina. The second is a user guide that provides in-depth information on using the product and its features. Both guides contain numerous screenshots and step-by-step instructions.
eEye provides three levels of support options. Standard support is included with the purchase of Retina and provides 8/5 phone and email technical support as well as access to the web knowledgebase and customer download portal.
At a price starting at £400 for 32 IPs, this product is great value for the money for almost any size environment. Retina provides a lot of great functionality that is easy to use and manage at a reasonable price.