Manage Your IPs (Host Assets)

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What are host assets?

Host assets are the IP addresses in your account. Host assets may be used as scan, map and report targets. You can view the hosts in your account by going to Assets > Host Assets. Then add new hosts using the New menu. You can only perform actions like scanning, mapping and reporting on the hosts in your account.

How do I add IPs?

Go to Assets > Host Assets. From the New menu, select IP Tracked Hosts, DNS Tracked Hosts or NetBIOS Tracked Hosts. The tracking method you choose will be assigned to all of the hosts being added. Review the number of hosts you can add, enter the new IPs/ranges, and click Add.

Which users have permission to add IPs?

Can I have different IPs for VM and PC?

Can I add IPs to VM and PC at the same time?

How do I purchase more IPs/licenses?

What is the tracking method?

The tracking method impacts how the hosts will be listed in scan reports (scan results are always sorted by IP address). Hosts assigned the IP address tracking method will be listed in numerical order by IP address. Hosts assigned the DNS or NetBIOS tracking method will be listed in alphabetical order by hostname. Learn more

Show me formats for entering IPs/ranges

IPs may be entered in any of the following formats:

Tell me about the host owner

The owner assumes responsibility for the host. When creating remediation policies and manual tickets, users have the option to automatically assign tickets to the owner.

Tell me about host attributes

You can assign certain host attributes, including tracking method and owner. Select the attribute you want to define and enter a value in the field provided or select from the available drop-down menu. Your selection will apply to all hosts included in the action. (Important: If you are a Unit Manager, the hosts you're adding may already be in the subscription. If you define host attributes at this time, then your values will override any previously set values.)

Besides tracking method and owner, you'll see three additional attribute fields. Initially these are Location, Function and Asset Tag but these labels may have been customized for your subscription. Managers can change the attribute names by going to Assets > Setup > Host Attributes.

Adding assets to business unit

When setting up business units be sure to assign at least one asset group with host assets. If you only assign empty asset groups then the business unit won’t have assets assigned and users in the business unit will not be able to scan or report on any assets. Learn more

Notes for Unit Managers adding hosts

If you are a Unit Manager adding hosts, please note the following:

1) Permission to add hosts: You need the "Add assets" permission. You also need permission to each application you want to add hosts to (VM and/or PC).

2) Add hosts to an asset group: You must add the new IPs to an asset group assigned to your business unit. Select Add To on the left side, and then choose an asset group from the Assigned Groups menu. Once added, new IPs are available in your business unit. New IPs are also available to Managers for inclusion in other business units and asset groups.

3) Overwriting host attributes: Keep in mind that the hosts you're adding may already be in the subscription (even though you don't see them in your business unit). If you define host attributes, then your values will overwrite any previously set values for the hosts.

How to remove host IPs (accounts without Cloud Agent app)

(Manager Only) Use our Remove IPs wizard (go to Assets > Host Assets > Actions > Remove IPs). You can choose which apps you want to remove the IPs from. This option is only available in subscriptions that do NOT have Cloud Agent (CA) enabled.

Once IPs have been removed...
- They are no longer available for scanning and reporting
- Host based scan data will be permanently removed; this is not recoverable.

How to remove host IPs (accounts with Cloud Agent app)

Go to the Cloud Agent (CA) app and uninstall the agents associated with the hosts you want to remove. We will then purge the hosts and remove them from VM, SCA, PC. When Cloud Agent (CA) is enabled for your subscription, you do not have the option to remove hosts from only the VM, SCA or PC app.

What does it mean to purge a host?

When you purge a host you permanently remove saved security data (like vulnerability data, compliance data) and scan history. It's best practice to purge a host when the host is being decommissioned or used in a completely new role - new operating system, new applications, new purpose. This ensures that security data collected from previous scans of the host does not affect reporting moving forward. Our service can not infer from scanning hosts if the host is decommissioned, firewalled, temporarily out of service, reappropriated, etc. For that it needs insider information.

How to purge a single host

How to purge multiple hosts in bulk

Tell me about the types of information purged

How to purge compliance data for inactive instances

A single asset can have multiple technology instances. You may choose to purge compliance data for only the instances that are no longer active, and keep compliance data for active instances. A Manager can enable the Inactive Instance Purge option (under PC > Scans > Setup > Inactive Instance Purge) and set a timeframe in order to automatically purge instances when they have not been evaluated within the specified timeframe. This way you won't see data in your reports for instances that are no longer active. This is especially useful when Scan by Policy is used. With Scan by Policy, we keep instance data for all previously discovered instances even if they are no longer present on the asset. (Note that we will only purge an instance if at least one instance of the same technology type was evaluated within the timeframe.)

Can I export my hosts to a CSV file?

Yes. Go to Assets > Host Assets. Select Export All from the New menu. The Comma-Separated Value (CSV) format is selected automatically. Click Download. You're prompted to open the CSV file or save it to disk. Your file is saved as IP_<login ID>_<date>.csv.

The first half of the file lists all hosts in your account and the second half of the file lists all active hosts. This data can then be imported into a third-party application, such as Excel. CSV data is encoded in UTF-8 format.

Importing the CSV data

Can I download the list in other formats?

Can I exclude certain hosts from scans?

Yes. You have the option to exclude hosts for a specific scan or for all scans within the subscription. No scanning traffic, including ICMP, TCP and UDP probes, will be sent to excluded hosts.

How to exclude hosts per scan

How to globally exclude hosts from all scans

An excluded host appeared in map results. How come?

What are asset groups?

Asset groups are user-defined groupings of host assets (IP addresses). You can group hosts by importance, priority, location, ownership, or any other method that makes sense for your organization. When you scan an asset group, only the hosts in the group are scanned. This allows you to limit the scope of your scans to a particular group of hosts or a subsection of your network, making the scan results and remediation tasks more manageable. Learn more

What are asset tags?

Asset tagging is another method for organizing and tracking the assets in your account. You can assign tags to your host assets. Then when launching scans you can select tags associated with the hosts you want to scan. This dynamic approach is a great way to ensure you include all hosts that match certain criteria, even if your network is constantly changing as hosts are added and removed. For example, scan all Windows XP hosts or all hosts with Port 80 open. There are multiple ways to create tags, for example you can create tags from asset search (go to Assets > Asset Search) or by using the AssetView application. Learn more