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"Scanners and reports using CIS templates ("de-facto" standard, easy to fix and to locate correction tips at documentation), tests against cloud providers, database profiles, several types of telecom devices, and others highly customizable scans.""The plug-in text information is quite useful.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""Ease of reviewing scores, identifying vulnerabilities, and getting information on them.""I like its ease of use. It has the script that is pre-built in it, and you just got to know which ones you're looking for.""Out of the box, the product works well for us, so it's not a tool that we need to customize very much.""User friendly and good dashboards.""We have done code scanning for a long period because as a company, we do DevOps as part of our development life cycle."

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"Very customizable with a lot of templates.""The scans are the most valuable aspect of this solution.""Tenable SC is good for reporting and alerting. The filtering feature is also very valuable. Its integration with multiple vendors is quite good. It can be integrated with SIEM solutions and PAM solutions such as Thycotic, which is very helpful.""The solution is one of the most, if not the most, stable product available.""The feature we've liked most recently was being able to take the YARA rules from FireEye and put them into Tenable's scan for the most recent SolarWinds exploit. That was really useful.""This product has the best results in terms of the lowest number of false-positives and false-negatives.""Their overall cost of service is pretty good.""It's a very useful tool."

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"The professional version is not very scalable.""Consumes more system resources when it's running.""We feel the solution's technical support to be very bad.""Some things in the user interface could be better. The user interface could allow more adjustments to plugins. The price could also be better.""The solution should be able to support more devices.""Remediation needs improvement.""We'd like to see more integration potential within the solution.""The reporting feature needs to be improved."

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"The pricing is reasonable, but this could be brought down more aggressively, such as we see with Rapid7, Tenable SC's main competitor.""The reporting needs a lot of work on the template.""The integration is very good, although it still needs to improve.""The biggest issue I have with the solution is when I'm using the scanning it picks up the original DNS of that device. That means, before we image it and actually change the DNS to something within our company structure, it'll just be random numbers and letters and Tenable will stick to that DNS for a long time.""Current web page needs improvement, slows down processes.""The GUI could be improved to have all concerns and priorities use the same GUI, allowing them to see all tickets, assign vulnerabilities, and assign variation failures to each member of their team.""There is not much room for improvement. However, there should be a guide that describes the step-by-step procedures for doing tasks. Otherwise, training is required from a senior guy to a junior guy.""I will say it's a lot slower compared to an MS scan. It takes so much longer, so the performance could definitely be worked on."

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"One problem with Tenable is its pricing policy. Optimal results can be achieved with Greenbone Solutions which has much more friendly pricing policies.""There is an annual license required to use this solution.""We incurred a single cost for a perpetual license, although I cannot comment on the price as this is above my management level.""The solution has free options.""The price of the solution is reasonable.""Nowadays, your vulnerability applications are going to be kind of pricey because lots of them, including Rapid7, are based upon a base price, but then they add in the nodes. That's where they get you. If you're a big network, obviously, you need to scan everything. Therefore, it's going to be costly. The risk and insurance money associated with having ransomware on my networks is going to cost me more money, time, and marketing than the price of the tool. That's why I'm speaking only as an information security officer to security operations. This is the tool that is there in my toolbox to say whether we vulnerable or not. At this point, I don't care about how much it costs my company to have it because if I wasn't able to report it and we got ransomware, then who cares? I'm probably going to be out of business because it happened. That's why I don't care about the price. I have it, and I could use it effectively and do my report. At the end of the day, even if we get ransomware, as long as I reported it, followed my protocol, and put in the change, irrespective of whether it was ignored or denied, I did my job.""The price is reasonable.""In general, it is extremely expensive."

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"Though reasonable, the main competitor of Tenable SC, Rapid7, offers a more aggressive and better priced product.""The price can start at €10,000 ($13,000 USD) for between 500 and 1,000 assets, and the price can climb into the millions as more assets are added.""We pay around 60,000 on a yearly basis.""I use a local license to perform penetration testing and I'm pretty happy with everything when it comes to pricing and licensing."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: You have full visibility across cloud, network, virtual, and containerized infrastructures with Rapid7 Insight VM. You can easily prioritize vulnerabilities using attacker analytics. Overall, Rapid7… more »
Top Answer:  Tenable Nessus is a vulnerability assessment solution that is both easy to deploy and easy to manage. The design of the program is such that if a company should desire to handle the installation… more »
Top Answer: I have experience with it on my attack stations, and it's pretty good to optimize. Personally, I think Nessus is quite a good product.
Top Answer: The license is perpetual and is based on the number of IP addresses you want to scan in your organization. The support comes with a different license.
Top Answer: Internal ticketing systems require improvement. The GUI could be improved to have all concerns and priorities use the same GUI, allowing them to see all tickets, assign vulnerabilities, and assign… more »
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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.

Tenable SC consolidates and evaluates vulnerability data across the enterprise, prioritizing security risks and providing a clear view of your security posture. With SecurityCenter, get the visibility and context you need to effectively prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities, ensure compliance with IT security frameworks, standards and regulations, and take decisive action to ensure the effectiveness of your IT security program and reduce business risk.

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Sample Customers
Bitbrains, Tesla, Just Eat, Crosskey Banking Solutions, Covenant Health, Youngstown State University
IBM, Sempra Energy, Microsoft, Apple, Adidas, Union Pacific
Top Industries
Financial Services Firm20%
Manufacturing Company15%
Security Firm15%
Healthcare Company10%
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider20%
Financial Services Firm6%
Financial Services Firm22%
Comms Service Provider11%
Healthcare Company11%
Manufacturing Company11%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm7%
Company Size
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise34%
Large Enterprise29%
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise53%
Find out what your peers are saying about Tenable Nessus vs. Tenable SC and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Tenable Nessus is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 23 reviews while Tenable SC is ranked 5th in Vulnerability Management with 8 reviews. Tenable Nessus is rated 8.4, while Tenable SC is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Tenable Nessus writes "Easy to use, good support, and gives full reports of what's vulnerable per device". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tenable SC writes "Good dashboards, reporting, and technical support, with a low rate of errors". Tenable Nessus is most compared with Rapid7 InsightVM, Tenable.io Vulnerability Management, Qualys VM, Rapid7 Metasploit and Microsoft Intune, whereas Tenable SC is most compared with Tenable.io Vulnerability Management, Qualys VM, Rapid7 InsightVM, Forescout Platform and Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). See our Tenable Nessus vs. Tenable SC report.

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