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How to Detect Remote Control Tools on Your Network

February 19, 2024

By Peter Barnett

In the evolving landscape of cybersecurity, the significance of maintaining visibility over the tools used within your network cannot be overstated. Remote control software, while essential for productivity and remote support, can also pose potential vulnerabilities if not properly managed. Recent breaches involving widely used remote control and management tools such as AnyDesk, Kaseya, and SolarWinds underscore the urgent need for rigorous oversight and management of these applications. These incidents highlight how even reputable software can become a vector for cyberattacks, emphasizing the importance of continuous monitoring and proactive security measures to safeguard against unauthorized access and potential exploitation.

To address this, Action1 developed a PowerShell script allowing to provide IT administrators with comprehensive insights into the presence of common remote access applications within their networks, such as AnyDesk, TeamViewer, Splashtop, among others.

Run this script using Action1 (as shown below) or use with any endpoint management/RMM system.

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Leverage this script to monitor for remote control software within your network and detect potentially vulnerable products swiftly:

1. Click to create a new data source or follow these steps:

    • Go to Configuration | Data Sources, click [+New]
    • Enter data source name, such as ‘Remote Control Tools’, [Next]
    • Copy and paste the script above, [Next]
    • Run on a test endpoint*, [Finish]

    *This step WILL run the script on the endpoint, so ensure whatever system is being tested on has a proper backup recovery procedure.

2. Click to create a new report based on the new data source or:

    • Go to Real-time Reports & Alerts | Custom Reports, click +Add
    • Select your new data source (e.g. ‘Remote Control Tools’)
    • Enter report name, such as ‘Remote Control Tools’, [Next].
    • Choose [Simple Report]
    • Click [Add Columns] and add all columns, [Next], [Finish]

Use this report regularly to spot any unauthorized remote control tools on your network. For more insights and updates, keep an eye on our blog and join our upcoming webinars.

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