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May 12, 2020

“Home Network Risk Identifier” Finds Exposed Vulnerabilities in Seconds

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 12, 2020) — Censys, Inc., the leading cybersecurity company trusted by government departments like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and over 25% of the Fortune 500, today announced the release of a free security tool that allows work from home employees to instantly check their home networks and exposed devices for certain vulnerabilities, exposures and other security risks that they otherwise wouldn’t have known about.

To access the new tool, anyone can simply visit https://me.censys.io. Within seconds, the Home Network Risk Identifier tool automatically captures the user’s IP address and presents results.

If a user’s network is found to have certain exposures such as open ports or banners, the tool will list each risk along with its port location, and the level of risk. The tool also offers remediation suggestions and enables users to email a report directly to their IT or security team.

Items worth addressing right away that Censys can highlight:

Exposed IOT and embedded devices, like cameras, routers, SCADA or BACNET devices

Exposed databases – you’re just asking for data leaks

Exposed Microsoft LAN protocols like SMB – a popular vector for ransomware

Exposed telnet, FTP, and the like – plaintext gateways now mostly found on IOT devices with default credentials

Network management exposures, like Intel AMT and SNMP

“Since the coronavirus has taken hold, businesses of all sizes have had to enable remote workforces overnight and IT teams have had to scramble to make sure company data and devices remain protected against threats, exposed vulnerabilities and data breaches,” said Censys CEO and co-founder David Corcoran. “We created this tool to make it incredibly easy for at-home-workers to identify risks and misconfigurations in their routers. You don’t even need to know your IP address or where to find it in order to use this tool. One click and the results magically appear. We’re also hearing from our customers this is an easy way for them to push a tool to their at-home workers to make some simple changes that can help with their home network security.”

The free tool can be used from home, work, at a coffee shop, or anywhere a user is connected to the internet.

Censys, Inc.™ is the gold standard in data-driven security used by researchers, corporations, and governments to find and analyze every device connected to the Internet. Founded in 2013 by the creators of ZMap, Censys gives organizations the visibility they need to fight threats by continuously analyzing real-time Internet data. Customers like FireEye, Google, NATO, Swiss Armed Forces, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have relied on Censys data to proactively prevent cybersecurity threats. Censys was recognized by CB Insights as a 2019 Cyber Defender for pioneering technology with the potential to transform the cybersecurity industry. To learn more, visit censys.io and follow Censys on Twitter.

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