Scheduled Scans - The Basics

How often will my scan run?

How do I prevent overlapping scans?

How many times will my scan run?

Tell me about the owner

Set scan duration

How do I stop my schedule from running

Resume is based on scan start time

See my upcoming schedules

Can I get email notifications?

Find the scan results

Support for continuous scanning

How to reactivate an inactive schedule

Can I schedule an EC2 Scan with no scannable EC2 Assets in Asset Tag?

 


How often will my scan run?

You can choose to have the scan run daily (or every 2 days, 3 days, etc), weekly (or every 2 weeks, 3 weeks, etc), monthly (or every 2 months, 3 months, etc), or to "Relaunch on Finish" (for continuous scanning, available only when this option is enabled for your account).

How many times will my scan run?

Your scan will run indefinitely unless you set the "Ends after N occurrences" option. Enter the number of times you want the scan to run in the field provided. When the set number of occurrences is reached, the scheduled scan will become inactive.

Set scan duration

Select the duration option to have the scan paused or cancelled if it runs longer than a set number of hours/minutes. If you have the scan paused then you also have the option to resume the scan automatically or specify that the scan is manually resumed by a user. When pause/cancel is set to 0 hours, the scan will pause/cancel after a minimum of 15 minutes.

Resume is based on scan start time

When you schedule your scan to pause and resume automatically it's important to note that we resume the scan based on the time the scan started, not when the scan was paused. Here are a few examples to illustrate this point.

Example 1
Start: April 23, 2019 at 14:00
Duration: Pause after 2 hours, 30 minutes
Resume: 1 day, 0 hours

In this example, the scan will pause on April 23rd at 16:30. It will resume on April 24th at 14:00.

Example 2
Start: April 23, 2019 at 14:00
Duration: Pause after 30 hours, 0 minutes
Resume: 2 days, 0 hours

In this example, the scan will pause on April 24th at 20:00. It will resume on April 25th at 14:00.

Can I get email notifications?

Yes. Go to the Notifications section and tell us when you want notifications sent.

- You can be notified days, hours or minutes before the scan starts. Select the "Send notifications N days|hours|minutes before the map/scan starts" check box. Once selected, you can enter a custom message for the email that will be sent (you can't type in this box until the check box is selected.)

- You can also be notified when the scan is finished and the results are ready to view. Select the "Send notification after the map/scan completes" check box. Once selected, you can enter a custom message for the email that will be sent (you can't type in this box until the check box is selected.)

Notifications are sent to the task owner. To send notifications to others, simply select from your existing distribution groups or create a new distribution group with a list of email addresses.

Support for continuous scanning

The Manager primary contact has the option to allow users to configure a scheduled scan to relaunch once a scan instance finishes. This gives users the ability to perform continuous scanning by launching a new scan as soon as the previous one finishes. This option is set by going to Scans > Setup > Scheduled Scans. Once configured, users have the option to start continuous scanning by configuring a schedule and selecting "Relaunch on Finish" from the Occurs menu.

Please note:

1) By default the service will deactivate the schedule the first time a scan error is reported. You can change this by choosing to deactivate it after more scans have errors.

2) Be aware that each active scan counts towards the concurrent scans limit set for your subscription. Active scans includes scan jobs that are in either "running" or "queued" state. Any scan may have impact to your network and the same impact could occur repeatedly, until the schedule is deactivated, canceled or paused.

How do I prevent overlapping scans?

The Manager primary contact has the option to prevent the service from starting a new scheduled scan when there's an instance of it running or paused. In this case the service skips launching the second scan, sets the next launch date to the future, and counts the skipped scan as an occurrence. This option is set by going to Scans > Setup > Scheduled Scans.

Tell me about the owner

When creating a new scheduled task, the user creating the schedule is set as the owner. Managers and Unit Managers have the option to change the owner. Simply select a different user from the Owner menu when creating or editing the scheduled task.

Stop my schedule from running

You can deactivate a schedule at any time so the scan will not be launched by the service in the future based on its occurrence (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.). Simply edit the schedule and go to the Schedule Status section, select "Deactivate this task". The task becomes temporarily inactive. To reactivate the task, clear this check box.

See my upcoming schedules

Your schedules list shows the next launch date/time for each of your scheduled scans. You can also switch to a calendar view of your upcoming schedules by clicking  above your list, on the right side.

Find the scan results

Each time your scheduled scan starts, it will appear on your Scans list where you can track its progress. When the scan status shows Finished, select View from the Quick Actions menu to see the full results in an HTML report. If you have notifications turned on you'll get an email.

Reactivate an inactive schedule

Simply edit the schedule and go to the Schedule Status section. Clear the "Deactivate this task" option to reactivate the task.

Can I schedule an EC2 Scan with no scannable EC2 Assets in Asset Tags?

You can schedule an EC2 scan that contains asset tags with no scannable assets. When you schedule an EC2 scan and select asset tags with no scannable assets, the system will show you a message that "No scannable assets match the select tags and connector details. Do you still want to schedule this scan job?". If you choose "Continue", the system will schedule a new EC2 scan with the selected asset tags. During the scan, the system skips the scanning for the Asset tags that contain no scannable hosts.