Tenable Nessus Pros and Cons

Tenable Nessus Pros

reviewer1239462
CISO at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
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.
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reviewer1229910
Security Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Keith S. Crumpton
President and Sr CISO Consultant at CISO Consulting Inc.
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.
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John-Kang
Senior Systems Administrator at Government Scientific Source
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.
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Jairo Willian Pereira
Information Security Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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MadhavanSrinivasan
CEO at Screenit Labs Pvt Ltd
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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JianHuang
Network Security Engineer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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reviewer1392108
Vulnerability Management Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The plug-in text information is quite useful.
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Thomas Kung
Senior Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Tenable Nessus streamlines the process of scanning for our organization.
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KalaiarasuSanthirasekeran
Security Professional at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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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Tenable Nessus Cons

reviewer1239462
CISO at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
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.
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reviewer1229910
Security Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Keith S. Crumpton
President and Sr CISO Consultant at CISO Consulting Inc.
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.
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John-Kang
Senior Systems Administrator at Government Scientific Source
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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Jairo Willian Pereira
Information Security Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Model OS costs (and its segregation schema for individual modules).
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MadhavanSrinivasan
CEO at Screenit Labs Pvt Ltd
We would like to have the option of using the solution for the cloud as well as on-premises with the same license at the same time. That would be very helpful.
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JianHuang
Network Security Engineer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use credentialed scans. They need more permissions and more changes or settings on Windows and Linux.
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reviewer1392108
Vulnerability Management Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It wasn't very clear how the scripts are running the scans. There's information about the script but it's not straightforward. The script information for each of the plugins should be available, but it doesn't give us straightforward direct information about how it was executed. That needs to be more clear.
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Thomas Kung
Senior Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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KalaiarasuSanthirasekeran
Security Professional at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We have had some false positives in the past, which we hope can improve in the future.
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Learn what your peers think about Tenable Nessus. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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