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Real User
CISO at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Dec 09 2019

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

One thing that is important for us is that when the regulation agency is asking for something. we can send them reports from Nessus and they're very satisfied. If they're satisfied, and they don't… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We bought a one-year license. We are now preparing a new budget for next year and, given our experience with Nessus, we plan to continue with it for next year. We are satisfied with it. It's the best… more»

What other advice do I have?

If I were to speak to someone who works with IBM Guardium they would probably tell me, "Ah, Nessus is too simple for me. Guardium is better." But I can recommend Nessus to anyone who wants a good… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I didn't have a lot of experience with this type of product. I heard and knew that vulnerability assessment is most important. We paid a company to do a pen-test in our bank. That was the first time I… more»
Real User
Security Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 26 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of just looking at high, medium or low risk for vulnerabilities, and having to remediate all of them, we can remediate in a more effective manner. We have limited resources for remediation… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing is on a yearly basis but we did a three-year deal. It is a fixed cost to cover a certain number of hosts or assets. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were on Rapid7. We switched because of scalability and performance. We were looking for a solution that could handle and scan our volume of assets. It wasn't working with our previous solution… more»

What other advice do I have?

Leverage authenticated scans if you can. That reduces the number of false positives compared to just network-based scanning. Leverage the Tenable Agents if you can, as well, because that will help… more»
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Keith S. Crumpton
Consultant
President and Sr CISO Consultant at CISO Consulting Inc.
Nov 26 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I went to a client's site and I ran the report. They had a number of fives, fours, and threes. With that information, we were able to remediate the fives, fours, and threes down to a couple of threes. It also helps to prioritize based on… more»

What needs improvement?

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. Or, if they change… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before Nessus, I used Qualys. I switched because the reporting in Nessus is better. The reporting in Nessus is more executive-friendly. When giving information to clients, I don't need to repackage it. It is fine the way it is. The level of… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're going to employ this product, it's the better one for smaller to medium businesses because of the executive documentation. I would not try to sell it as a technical tool for a technical group. As a consultant it would be best for… more»
John-Kang
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at Government Scientific Source
Nov 28 2019

What is most valuable?

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. The product's VPR did a great job in prioritizing and giving the highs versus the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were a lot less vulnerable after implementing the changes that the application recommended. The solution helped limit our company's cyber exposure by pointing out every single vulnerability we had and showing us how to fix them. By following the application's directions, we were less vulnerable… more»

What needs improvement?

The Nessus predictive prioritization feature is very nice, the way it displays. The interface could look better, but it has everything it needs. It could do a better grouping of the workstations and run a better schedule. But it was sufficient in what it provided. There is room, overall, for… more»

What other advice do I have?

Know that it's only a detection tool and that it has limitations as a detection tool, but the deployment can be pretty scalable. The solution didn't reduce the number of critical and high vulnerabilities we needed to patch first. It tells you what the critical vulnerabilities are that you need to… more»
JianHuang
Real User
Network Security Engineer at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 26 2019

What is most valuable?

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. I can export reports to Excel to adjust them and it's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us limit our vulnerabilities and to reduce exploitations. Tenable also helps us focus resources on the vulnerabilities that are most likely to be exploited.

What needs improvement?

We use credentialed scans. They need more permissions and more changes or settings on Windows and Linux. Also, Agent scanning is more efficient than credential scanning but Agent scanning is more expensive than credential scanning. I… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before Tenable, our global team used Qualys, but I myself didn't use that. The switch to Tenable was decided on by our U.S. team. It was a global strategy to move to Tenable.

What other advice do I have?

Tenable mainly works on vulnerability scanning and prioritizing.
Miguel Angel Hernández Armas
Real User
Implementation Engineer at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Jan 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The comprehensive coverage offered by Nessus has been the most remarkable; it really does everything that has been asked of the software. It's great, the possibility of automating implementations and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Nessus has greatly improved the security of our clients' networks. The comfortable management of their systems makes it easier for engineers to use the codes for each vulnerability or compliance… more»

What needs improvement?

* I think that the next versions could improve the graphical interface to make more intuitive the management of the reports. * Additionally, it could include better features in the vulnerability scan… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The costs are not high, considering all the support and service offered by Tenable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In the company, Qualys was used, and it was not possible to manage the projects with this tool.

What other advice do I have?

Scans using agents are very useful, and taking advantage of them is the best way to take advantage of the tool.
Thomas Kung
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 06 2019

What is most valuable?

We wanted to do a lot of Hardening and we have to make sure that all endpoints are up to the certain Hardening standard and we propose the CIS benchmark to do this. That's why we use Tenable to do… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use Tenable Nessus for scanning. We find lots of vulnerabilities and then we reduce the time spent on finding inbox vulnerabilities. Of course, Tenable streamlines the process. It has been a… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of Tenable Nessus is much more competitive versus other solutions on the market.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that people considering this solution should choose the cloud-based solution versus the on-premise version.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were manually scanning before using Tenable Nessus. We looked at Rapid7 but we are satisfied with Tenable Nessus.
KalaiarasuSanthirasekeran
Real User
Security Professional at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 14 2019

What do you think of Tenable Nessus?

What is our primary use case?

Primarily, I use this for assessment and administration testing.

What is most valuable?

I find the features that are most valuable are the policies that help us identify the vulnerabilities. These policies are then used for scanning and identifying instabilities.

What needs improvement?

The reporting functionality needs improvement. I think it would be beneficial to have a high level explanation for a particular user. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable, based on our past experience. We have had some false positives in the past, which we hope can improve in the future.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is…
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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.

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