When SpiderFoot HX initially launched some time ago as a vague link on the top right of the SpiderFoot website, it was mostly an experiment to see if people would be interested to use SpiderFoot in the cloud. This would not just be the open source version running on a hosted VM, but an enhanced version with more capabilities that would promise significantly faster scan speeds, insightful reporting, visualisations, monitoring and much more.
As interest from people began to trickle in, they were set up with a SpiderFoot HX instance on a dedicated VM that they could play around with and provide feedback to. The Private Beta was now born.
To get from where SpiderFoot HX was at its inception to where it is now, the beta involved many releases, bug fixes, feedback forms, a handful of production issues and a lot of scanning. The product itself evolved from a mostly nicer looking version of the open source SpiderFoot, to something that boasts a ton of unique features you can see the growing list here.
The end of the Private Beta marks the end of the first chapter of SpiderFoot HX. Just as SpiderFoot HX grew during the beta, you can expect the same growth after the beta, only a more robust base to be built on top of.
Perhaps one of the biggest features to be coming soon is Investigations. Alongside the other two pillars of SpiderFoot HX - scanning and monitoring - investigations will enable you to step through running a scan (an investigation) data-point by data-point so as to surgically collect and analyse data in a graph as opposed to running a long-running scan collecting a mass of data to be analysed afterwards.
Stay tuned for future posts about the Investigations feature and SpiderFoot HX over the coming months.