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Find out what your peers are saying about Tenable Nessus vs. Tenable SC and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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"We looked at Tenable, Qualys and Rapid7. We found Tenable was the best of all three.""Tenable Nessus streamlines the process of scanning for our organization.""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.""The solution is very stable.""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.""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."

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"We really love the Security Center dashboard. It basically performs vulnerability scanning and then outputs a vulnerability data.""I think that this is a good solution for evaluating vulnerability in the network.""What is useful to me is being able to fulfill very customized scanning policies. In the clinical environment, because of vendor control, we can't perform credential-vulnerability scanning. And network scans, which I've done before, can cause a lot of impact. Being able to create very customized policies to be able to routinely scan and audit our clinical networks, while simultaneously not causing impact, is important to us.""One of the most valuable features is their distributed scan model for allotting engines to work together as a pool and handle multiple scans at once, across multiple environments. Automatic scanning distribution is a distinguishing feature of their toolset.""This solution has a much lower rate of false positives compared to competing products.""The predictive prioritization features are pretty good. They do a lot of research and we trust the research that they do internally. They have knowledge of what's going on with many companies, where we only get a view into what's going on here. So the ability to get best practices out of them as part of this solution, is valuable to us.""Tenable also helps us to focus resources on the vulnerabilities that are most likely to be exploited. And since it is continuously updated, it allows us to reevaluate quickly if there are new vulnerabilities found...""The scans are the most valuable aspect of this solution."

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Cons
"From my point of view the solution basically is not for the big enterprise.""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.""We have had some false positives in the past, which we hope can improve in the future.""I would like to see an improvement in the ranking of high, medium and low vulnerability.""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.""We use credentialed scans. They need more permissions and more changes or settings on Windows and Linux.""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."

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"A good plugin editor would be a good additional option for the Security Center.""The web application scanning area can be improved.""If I want to have a very low-managed scan policy, it's a lot of work to create something which is very basic. If I use a tool like Nmap, all I have to do is download it, install it, type in the command, and it's good to go. In Security Center, I have to go through a lot of work to create a policy that's very basic.""It's good at creating information, it's good creating dashboards, it's good at creating reports, but if you want to take that reporting metadata and put it into another tool, that is a little bit lacking.""The vulnerability scan does not work correctly until the access privileges are set by the system administrator.""There's a lot of information being streamed out of the reports. What would be nice, and maybe we just haven't found it, would be more of an executive-type view. We still expect it to collect all this information, but we would like a feature that would allow us to show it to an executive or a director or someone like that and give them some type of high-level overview but not get into the nitty-gritty.""The reporting needs a lot of work on the template.""The integration is very good, although it still needs to improve."

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

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"We're able to save because we don't have to employ more staff members to help wit ht he scheduling of the scans, running the reports or sending them out to the systems owners. That alone is a big ROI for us.""The licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100,000 US, and I think that covers everything.""The pricing is more than Nexpose.""Costing is pretty reasonable compared to the competition.""We're a Fortune 500 company... our licensing costs [are] in the seven figures.""We pay around 60,000 on a yearly basis.""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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Qualys is clearly the winner, especially with the new VMDR offering. 
Top Answer: The scans are the most valuable aspect of this solution.
Top Answer: There should be an easier way to build your own type of reports because the data is there but it is quite painful to get what I want from it. I prefer Tenable SC to other solutions.
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Also Known As
Tenable Unified Security, Tenable SecurityCenter
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Overview

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 UniversityIBM, Sempra Energy, Microsoft, Apple, Adidas, Union Pacific
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm25%
Healthcare Company17%
Retailer8%
Comms Service Provider8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider20%
Government6%
Media Company5%
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Financial Services Firm29%
Government14%
Comms Service Provider14%
Healthcare Company14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government10%
Media Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise29%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise57%
Find out what your peers are saying about Tenable Nessus vs. Tenable SC and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,546 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Tenable Nessus is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 14 reviews while Tenable SC is ranked 5th in Vulnerability Management with 9 reviews. Tenable Nessus is rated 8.6, while Tenable SC is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Tenable Nessus writes "Saves me significant time when putting together reports for compliance agencies". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tenable SC writes "Enables us to centralize and correlate all data and understand where the gaps are in our security posture". Tenable Nessus is most compared with Tenable.io Vulnerability Management, Rapid7 InsightVM, Qualys VM, Rapid7 Metasploit and Tripwire IP360, 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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