HP is scanning my vulnerabilities, is this OK?

Andrew Smith asked:

I have free server at HP cloud, and I am receiving scans from them like this. It is from and reverses to internal-scanner.ops.uswest.hpcloud.net. I have been told numerous times that this kind of scanning is not right, so I cant do this myself in my network. Is this really OK? Basically scanning services running on my own server as well desktops.

GET /v93otn4w.jsp?<IMG%20SRC="javascript:alert(cross_site_scripting.nasl);"> HTTP/1.1
Host: 15.185.xx.xx
Accept-Charset: iso-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.9,*;q=0.1
Accept-Language: en
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0)
Pragma: no-cache
Accept: image/gif, image/x-xbitmap, image/jpeg, image/pjpeg, image/png, */*
X-Varnish: 1073461166, 1225953173
X-Forwarded-For:,, 213.229.xx.xx

HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Content-Length: 214
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

My answer:

HP does indeed offer a vulnerability scanning service as part of its Enterprise Security Services. Their whitepaper seems to imply that it’s required.

Unfortunately, HP’s web site is in a persistent state of disarray, (and has been for years) and information is rather hard to find. But it seems that they do indeed offer (and mandate) this service.

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