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Censys to Expand Internet Scanning for Threat Hunting

December 06, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

Visibility is key for IT security professionals trying to figure out the nature of a given cyber-security threat. While having visibility into an organization's environment is one thing, having visibility into the entirety of the internet is another, which is where Censys fits in. Censys has its roots in the open-source zmap project, which enables researchers to conduct broad network scans of the IPv4 network address space across the internet. The zmap project got started around 2014 and required systems that were capable of processing large data sets. The Censys website service that enables broad scanning from a web interface was launched in late 2015. "Basically, the initial goal with Censys was to broaden the audience of security researchers that could access the scanning tool and then let them ask questions about what was on the internet and how it's changing over time, from an infrastructure service standpoint," Brian Kelly, CEO of Censys, told eWEEK. "The t...