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[Discuss] External network scanning service

On 3/28/2015 12:00 PM, discuss-request at wrote:
> So why the lack of SaaS offerings? Is it due to technical reasons or
> because of fear of liability? (A search did turn up
>; I can't find pricing on their site.) It sure
> seems like there ought to be a market for this. 

For websites, has launched recently. It feels
like they would naturally expand to cover network surveys as well, in
time. They have a SaaS model and offer transparent pricing for small
businesses. Acunetix also offers "as a service" nmap scans, I think.

Liability would be a concern (how, for example, would you prove to a 3rd
party that you own the IP range submitted for scanning?), as well as
potentially breaking the ToS of the hosting service (Amazon requires
preapproval of any pentesting, as I seem to recall from skimming their
policies). From the business risk perspective of starting a service like
this, looking only at Qualys they have 50-ish patents related to the
field, including things like "a security scanner" and "a dashboard for a
security status from a mobile device".


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