What are some best practices for avoiding port scanning?
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
The simplest thing you can do to protect yourself from port scan attacks or reconnaissance attacks is to use a good firewall and intrusion prevention system (IPS). It's not possible to protect against all such attacks -- after all, if you're running a Web server, port 80 is obviously going to be visible to the world -- but, this approach will limit an organization's exposure.
The firewall strictly controls which ports are exposed and to whom they are visible, limiting the attack surface discoverable with a port scan. The IPS will detect port scans in progress and shut them down before they are able to gain a full map of your network.
Dig Deeper on Network Intrusion Prevention (IPS)
Related Q&A from Mike Chapple
Are nonprofit organizations, like higher education institutions, subject to FTC cybersecurity regulations and oversight? Expert Mike Chapple explains.continue reading
It's important for healthcare organizations to have a clear social media policy. Expert Mike Chapple explains what needs to be in the policy to stay ...continue reading
SOC 2 evaluations can be helpful tools for organizations assessing their HIPAA compliance, but companies should not solely rely on them. Compliance ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.