Compare Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance vs. Tenable Nessus

Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance is ranked 9th in Vulnerability Management with 3 reviews while Tenable Nessus is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 11 reviews. Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance is rated 8.4, while Tenable Nessus is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance writes "Threat detection tells us which machines are infected with a vulnerability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tenable Nessus writes "Saves me significant time when putting together reports for compliance agencies". Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance is most compared with Kenna Security Platform, Microsoft Intune and Rapid7 InsightVM, whereas Tenable Nessus is most compared with Qualys VM, Rapid7 InsightVM and Rapid7 Metasploit. See our Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance vs. Tenable Nessus report.
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The most valuable feature is the certificate management.They also have threat detection which maps threats. There is a feed that comes from Qualys when a new vulnerability is found. It tells us which machines are infected with that vulnerability.

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Nessus gives me a good preview of vulnerabilities and good suggestions for remediation. It's easy to find a description of a given vulnerability and solutions for it.The most valuable feature is how it scanned and detected through its database to let us know exactly what fixes we needed to put in place for the vulnerabilities. It detects and it also gives you the way to fix it.Among the most valuable features are scanning for vulnerabilities and the reporting. The reporting templates are okay. I like that I can see all the hosts with different vulnerabilities.The most valuable feature is the breadth of vulnerabilities that it finds. It's able to find across a lot of different platforms and operating systems. It's also able to combine local testing with network-based testing.Nessus is good at finding out what nodes you have in place. It will then provide you a report, by node, of what the vulnerabilities are. It does it quickly and stealthfully.It also has an executive report where you don't have to provide the client all the detail for them to sift though. But if they wish to dig through the detail they can.The solution is very stable.I find the features that are most valuable are the policies that help us identify the vulnerabilities. These policies are then used for scanning instabilities and then identifying the particular vulnerabilities.

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The reporting in this solution can be improved.What we have found is that the solution is not closely tied with the patch management. It is okay with newer ones, like Windows 10 machines; it gives the correct patch. But for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, it does not give us the correct patch so we have to manually identify the patches. This is a major problem.

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One area that has room for improvement is the reporting. I'm preparing reports for Windows and Linux machines, etc. Currently, I'm collecting three or four reports and turning them into one report. I don't know if it is possible to combine all of them in one report, but that would be helpful.There is room, overall, for improvement in the way it groups the workstations and the way it detects, when the vulnerability is scanned. Even when we would run a new scan, if it was an already existing vulnerability, it wouldn't put a new date on it.We use credentialed scans. They need more permissions and more changes or settings on Windows and Linux.There is room for improvement in finishing the transition to the cloud. We'd like to see them keep on improving the Tenable.io product, so that we can migrate to it entirely, instead of having to keep the Tenable.sc on-prem product.One area with room for improvement is instead of there just being a PDF format for output, I'd like the option of an Excel spreadsheet, whereby I could better track remediation efforts and provide reporting off of that.I would like to see an improvement in the ranking of high, medium and low vulnerability.We have had some false positives in the past, which we hope can improve in the future.This is still a maturing product. Tenable is only a scanner for one ability, while other solutions like Rapid7 have more tools for verification. We still have to manually verify to see if the vulnerability is a false positive or not.

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I think the price is fairly affordable. It provides a license that is fair.The price of Tenable Nessus is much more competitive versus other solutions on the market.The pricing is much more manageable versus other products.

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Overview

Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance supports the same global scanning capabilities as our physical scanner appliance. The virtual scanner appliance is a stateless, disposable resource which acts as an extension of the Qualys Cloud Platform and is not a separately managed entity. This user guide describes how to get started with using a virtual scanner with your virtualization or cloud platform.

Nessus Professional is the industry’s most widely deployed assessment solution for identifying the vulnerabilities, configuration issues, and malware that attackers use to penetrate your, or your customer's network. With the broadest coverage, the latest intelligence, rapid updates, and an easy-to-use interface, Nessus offers an effective and comprehensive vulnerability scanning package for one low cost.

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Bitbrains, Tesla, Just Eat, Crosskey Banking Solutions, Covenant Health, Youngstown State University
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Energy/Utilities Company13%
Construction Company13%
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Software R&D Company30%
Comms Service Provider15%
Media Company8%
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