Scheduling Future Scans

Future scans are advantageous when you need to schedule a scan for a specific date and time in advance. This feature allows you to plan security assessments to coincide with maintenance windows or other operational considerations, ensuring minimal disruption to regular activities. Importantly, the Future Scan is conducted only once, at the set date and time.

How to schedule a Future Scan

  1. From the Acunetix header, click New Scan.

  1. Using the checkboxes, select the Targets you would like to scan.

  1. Click Scan in the upper right-hand corner. You are now able to configure the scans.

  1. In the Choose Scanning Options window, select your preferred Scan Profile and Report. For more information, refer to Default Scan profiles, and Types of Acunetix reports documents.
  2. In the Schedule dropdown, select Future Scan.


  1. Specify the desired Start date of the scan by clicking the calendar icon.

  1. Optionally, select the Time Sensitive checkbox to specify the precise start time for the scan. However, make sure that these do not conflict with any Excluded Hours that may have been put into place beforehand.
  2. Select the I confirm that I am fully authorised to scan the selected target checkbox and click Create Scan. The scan will commence at the set date and time.

Alternative scan schedule options

If you don't want to run a Future scan, the following alternative scan schedule options are available:

  • Instant scan: provides a quick and efficient way to detect and address potential vulnerabilities in real-time
  • Recurrent scan: allows you to set up automated scanning routines to execute at predefined intervals on specified days
  • Continuous scan: conducts daily scans to identify and report any newly discovered vulnerabilities plus a weekly full scan
  • Incremental scan: selectively scans only newly discovered or modified pages

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