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Target Groups


This document describes how to set up and manage target groups.


Targets are added under the Manage Target section, which is accessible either using the icon on the desktop of from the menu at the bottom left of the GUI.

First time when you enter this section it does not contain any targets groups and only state, All Targets and Ungrouped. Multiple groups can be created, and the targets can be in multiple groups. Arrangement can either be done automatically in Dynamic Target Groups or by manually using drag-n-drop functionality of added target.

When creating target groups, consider these best practices.

  • If the number of targets justifies groups of targets, then consider adding targets that matches your organizations requirements. For example, create groups so that you can compare targets and/or teams in order to see how the vulnerability management is progressing over time.
  • If you have complex requirements regarding scanning time and restrictions, consider managing those rules from groups instead of having to manually edit schedule objects but simply use drag-n-drop when moving/changing scanning periods.
  • If you have additional information that would help in the day to day operation if that information was present in vulnerability management reports, add those detains to the target using custom fields. Read the user guide for more information about custom fields.
  • If the number of users having access to the tool is large along with the network, consider adding target groups per role (or even per user). This will allow you to re-assign assets between users and grant access to systems without having to re-configure users.
  • Use dynamic groups to always have updated information about the targets so that the information does not become obsolete over time.
    For example: system owners can be defined as a separate customer field and be used as a dynamic filter to organize the targets. See the Dynamic Target Groups for information on how to add Dynamic Groups.

The grouping system provided by the tool can be used in many ways and allows you to have a better control of what is currently going on within your organization.

On the left side you have an overview of some of the things that has been discussed above (the number to the right of the group name represents the number of targets present in the group).

The Business Function group contains two subgroups that are used for reporting those systems separately even though they share the same database cluster for instance.

In the Event system you can see that groups have been created for different types of notifications and this allows you to simply re-configure notifications and likewise tasks without going over the notification event list trying to figure out which object to edit. Same thing applies to the Scan Window group.

The Target Assignment group contains both By Role and By User and both can be used simultaneous giving you the possibility to have individual targets assign to users and belong to a group of administrators.


Best practice is also to not use the groups for anything else without updating the name to reflect their usage.
Do not perform scheduling on system owner groups without specifically adding that information to the group name.

A target group can contain any number of targets and subgroups. This allows for organization of the targets to make them easy to navigate. A target can exist in more than one target group. The number next to the target group name represents the number of targets present in that group.

Icon List



Clicking New opens the Add New Targets window. The newly created targets will belong to the currently selected target group. 

Show GroupsShow all target groups in which this target has been added to.

Audit Log

To see the changes made to a certain entry, right click on it and select Audit log. This show a dialog with all the changes made to the object that were made by you or one of the users that you administrate.

LookupFilter the target group grid.


Clicking Delete while having any targets selected deletes them from the system. Multiple targets can be selected for deletion by holding shift while selecting the targets.


Reports for the selected targets are not deleted.


To edit a target, right-click on it and select Edit. This allows you to set the Hostname, MAC Address, label the systems importance which is used to calculate CVSS scores, and set Virtual host, hidden URLs. It also includes settings to set target to override scan policy.

ExportTo export data from the grid, right click on any entry and select either to export it as HTML or CSV (comma separated values) in the sub menu. This gives you either a HTML page or a CSV file with data that you can save or copy data from.


Global settings for Target Management

ScanCreate a scan schedule for the target group.

Label Target, Update from ServiceNow, Set Policies on TargetBy right-clicking on a target you can choose to update specific labels or attributes on the target.

Show Scanner, Set Scanners on TargetsLists or set scanners on targets groups.


Refresh the grid

Label Targets,Update from ServiceNow, Set Policies on TargetsBy right-clicking on a target group you can choose to update specific labels or attributes on the targets in that group.

Set Target AuthenticationSelect available authentication from a drop down menu

Column Menu

To add or remove columns, hover the mouse over any column name and click the down pointing arrow.

Managing Target Groups

Built In Target Groups

A couple of special target groups are already built in the system by default:

All Targets: This group contains all the targets that have been added to the system.

Ungrouped contains all targets that are not in another group.

Populate the new groups with targets from these groups.

Create Target Group

To create a target group:

  1. Go to Main Menu > Netsec > Manage Targets.

  2. Click on + New in the Target Groups field and name the group.

Populate a Target Group

To populate a new group with already existing targets within another group:

  1. Select the Targets field to add to the new group, either by ctrl + select or shift + select multiple entries, then drag them to the group and release.

Edit a Target Group

Select a target group to edit and right click on the groups.

Targets Menu


The edit menu allows you to:

Label Targets: By right-clicking on a target group you can choose to label all your targets. The labels are used to calculate CVSS scores. In the Label Targets window you can define exactly which fields that will be updated. See Label Targets section for more information.

Update from ServiceNow: If you have a ServiceNow license, The ServiceNow window displays the Username and URI that is used when updating an asset.


Set Policies on Target: Select policies for the group.

Set Policies on Target

Set Target Authentication: This option allows you to define authentication on all targets currently present in the selected group. Choose from:

  • None
  • SSH
  • SMB
  • CyberArc SSH
  • CyberArc SMB
  • Thycotic SSH
  • Thycotic SMB

Fill in the credentials and click the Test button to verify the credentials against the target.


Set Target Authentication

SSH usernameEnter your SSH user name.
SSH passwordEnter your SSH password.
SSH substitute user command
  • None
  • sudo
  • doas
  • sesu
  • dzdo
  • pfexec
  • custom
SSH custom user commandIf custom is selected in SSH substitute user command then add it here.
SSH public keyAdd or select public key.
SSH private keyAdd or select private key.
SSH private key passphraseSet a private key password.
Test Credentials

Verify your credentials by selecting port and press the Test button




SMB DomainSMB Domain which will authenticate the user.

SMB allow NTLMv1

Allow NTLM authentication over SMB.
SMB usernameSMB username to be authenticated with.
SMB passwordSMB password to be authenticated with.
Enable remote registryEnable to be able to scan target registry.
Test Credentials

Verify your credentials by pressing the Test button

CyberArk SSH

CyberArk SSH

UsernameUsername to be authenticated with.
Object nameThe name of the object that stores the credentials.
Override safeOverride the CyberArk safe that contains the credentials.
Override folderOverride the CyberArk folder that contains the credentials.
Test Credentials

Verify your credentials by pressing the Test button

CyberArk SMB

CyberArk SMB

UsernameUsername to be authenticated with.
Object nameThe name of the object that stores the credentials.
Override safeOverride the CyberArk safe that contains the credentials.
Override folderOverride the CyberArk folder that contains the credentials.
SMB DomainSMB Domain which will authenticate the user
SMB allow NTLMv1Allow NTLM authentication over SMB
Enable remote registryEnable to be able to scan target registry
Thycotic SSH /SMB

Refer to Thycotic for information about setting up Thycotic SSH or Thycotic SMB authentication. 

Test Credentials

Verify your credentials by pressing the Test button.

Set Scanner on targets: This option sets the scanner for selected targets. Select available scanners from the drop-down menu.

Set Scanner on targets

Show Scanners: Displays a list of scanners that has been set for this group.

Delete Targets: Deletes the targets in the group.


The targets will be deleted and not just removed from the group.

Perform DNS lookup: To perform a DNS lookup on all targets in a group, right click on the group and select Perform DNS lookup, this does a DNS lookup to get the targets host names in the system.

Perform MAC lookup: To perform a MAC address lookup on all targets in a group, right click on the group and select this option.

Perform NetBIOS lookup: To perform a NetBIOS lookup on all targets in a group, right click on the group and select Perform NetBIOS lookup, this does a NetBIOS lookup to get the targets NetBIOS names in the system.

Export target list: This option will display the targets within this group and any sub groups in a pop up window.

New dynamic group: This option will create a new dynamic group. A dynamic group is managed by the system so all targets that match the criteria for the group will automatically be added to the group. Targets that no longer matches the criteria will be removed. To create a group, first select a set of filters matching the criteria that the group should have.

Target Group

New: Allows you to add a new target group, as a subgroup to the currently selected target group. To move a target group in the hierarchy, use the drag and drop functionality.

Delete: Allows you to delete the group you have currently selected.

Edit: Lets you add a description to the selected group.

Scan: A scan can be started on a target group by right clicking on it and select Scan. From here you can set a Name, Scan Mode, Scan Policy, Scanning Frequency, and the start of the next scan.

Create Scan Schedule

NameName the Scan Schedule.
Scan Mode

Select scan mode

  • Discovery
  • Discovery/Scan
  • Scan
Scan Policy

Select scan policy from drop down menu.

Scanning Frequency
  • Select scan frequency from list:
  • Once
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Bimonthly
  • Quarterly
  • Fortnightly
  • Daily
Next ScanSet date and time for next scan.

Audit Log: It is possible to right click on a group and check the audit entries related to that group.

Label Targets

  1. Right click the target.
  2. Select Label targets in list.

  3. Select labels from drop-down menus.

    Note that the checkbox to the left of the drop-down must be checked for the value to be set. 

    Business criticalityLow, Medium, High , Critical
    Collateral Damage PotentialNot Defined, None, Low, Low-Medium, Medium-High, High
    Security Requirements - AvailabilityNot Defined, Low, Medium, High
    Security Requirements - IntegrityNot Defined, Low, Medium, High
    Security Requirements - ConfidentialityNot Defined, Low, Medium, High
    Target distributionNot Defined, None, Low, Medium, High
  4. Click Save.


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