Tenable SC Reviews

Tenable SC is the #5 ranked solution of our top Vulnerability Management tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Tenable.io Vulnerability Management - Tenable SC vs Tenable.io Vulnerability Management

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Real User
Sr. Principal IT Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 26 2019

What is most valuable?

The continuous monitoring piece has been very valuable to us. The vulnerability priority setting in the software has been very useful to us as it allows us to focus on… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us prioritize based on risk and it also helps us prioritize manpower, to show we are getting the most value from the limited number of man-hours that all… more »

What needs improvement?

Using the product — especially very early on — even though we have things like prioritization, it can be a little verbose in that there's a lot of information being… more »

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

I don't know our licensing costs but they're in the seven figures. We have an enterprise license, so I believe everything is tied up in that. We do not have any additional… more »

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

We previously used their lower version of security management. It was their single-install product, Nessus. We were using the standalone, non-enterprise version.

What other advice do I have?

Go in with open expectations. Companies don't realize how big their infrastructure really is before they can get a single pane of glass view, which Tenable provides. Don't… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did two sets of white papers looking at the competition. We did a white paper in 2015 and another one in 2018. We selected Tenable after the 2018 white paper was… more »
Joey Smith
Real User
Medical Device Cybersecurity Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 02 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

My department is not enterprise-managed. We don't use like tools like SCCM to push out patches. Everything is manual updating. I need to be able to track and audit against… more »

What needs improvement?

In terms of the reporting, it's good for IT tools, but it doesn't give me contextual insight into what device, what kind of medical equipment it is. And in my world… more »

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

The pricing is more than Rapid7 Nexpose. PVS and the agents, etc., are all part of that agreement. So it's pretty comprehensive, but I don't know how much it is.

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

We used Rapid7 Nexpose. In our view, Security Center is a more thorough tool. It has more plugins to scan against a lot of vulnerabilities, and it is a bit more granular… more »

What other advice do I have?

In my type of medical environment, when you get into an operational technology environment, PVS or something that's a passive scanner is more the way to go than something… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In my own work, I've used some open-source solutions like Nmap. I've messed around with Retina, another open-source solution. Most of the stuff I've used has been… more »
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Justin Kolker
Real User
IT Security Specialist at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 10 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to view the plug-ins, the way that the plug-in library works, is really good. It's not an individual list of 80 million different CVEs. We can actually just say, "Hey, here's a plug-in,"… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

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

We migrated from Nexpose. We switched because Nexpose is not a scalable product for an enterprise. Also, in most instances, SecurityCenter is less false-positive prone and the detection seems to be… more »

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that your sizing is done correctly, in terms of the hardware size. When you do buy Tenable, a lot of times you'll use Professional Services to help you implement the tool. Whatever advice… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Qualys. It depends on whether you want to do on-prem or in the cloud. Qualys really is a black box. You literally put this thing on your network, you can't touch it, and if you want to do… more »
JoaoManso
Reseller
CIO / IT Consultant at RedShift
Jun 07 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the dashboards and reporting. They have multiple dashboards and reports for different types of details that can be used for different levels of reporting. This means… more »

What needs improvement?

Parallel scanning would be a nice improvement because it would speed up the detection process. It is not possible to search for vulnerabilities and do compliance checking at the same time. Rather… more »

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

The licensing fees are based on the number of assets. 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… more »

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

We used to work with Rapid7 Metasploit.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing this product is to search for a certified partner to help with the process. It's not difficult, but it's very important to have a partner who knows the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have researched other products on the market and by comparison, I would rate Tenable SC a ten out of ten. It still has some features lacking, but it is better than the other solutions that are on… more »
Beej
Real User
Information Security Expert at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 17 2019

What is most valuable?

We really love the Security Center dashboard. It performs vulnerability scanning and then outputs vulnerability data. When you are working with one, two, three, up to 10 IT pieces of equipment, managing the vulnerability data would just be… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Before, we did manual management of our assets. We have an EXO file that has all our assets in it. They have the IP address and all the details of each equipment. We manually enrolled those assets to our vulnerability scanning tool for them… more »

What needs improvement?

One of the challenges that we may have experienced with that platform would be the flexibility of how to modify or create. They have this configuration compliance audit function, so if ever an organization has their own configuration… more »

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

We previously used Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance.

What other advice do I have?

Before, just preparing the monthly scans alone would take us about two weeks to set up. Then, we would have to wait for at least another two weeks for those assessments to be done, for the scanning to be done, and then it will take us about… more »
Abill Nerry
Real User
Senior Manager, IT Security at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 05 2018

What is most valuable?

One valuable feature is the Assurance Report Card. with the Assurance Report Card, we are able to give our overview about security posters in just a glance. And with a report to cut this we can… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It easily detects issues, and alarms the site.

What needs improvement?

In terms of the configuration of the reports, there's some level of flexibility that we are not able to achieve. In terms of configuring the reports to achieve certain percentages and all of that. So… more »

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

It is slightly more expensive than other solutions in the same sphere.

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

I considered Rapid7 Nexpose and Metasploit in the past.

What other advice do I have?

If you are considering a product like this, you must take into account and properly plan, scope, and scan. You need to know how to properly place your scanners and how to schedule automatic scans. You… more »
Real User
Senior Information Security Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its ability to scan for vulnerabilities in our important systems, networks devices, and so on.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has given us visibility of the vulnerability in our network. It also shows what needs to be done to negate the vulnerabilities by providing links to the… more »

What needs improvement?

The web application scanning area can be improved. A feature that I would like to see is the ability to integrate with exploit tools.

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

The licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100,000 US, and I think that covers everything.

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

We did not use a solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution for evaluating vulnerability in the network. It gives wide coverage, and it is able to scan most platforms on the network. I would rate this… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this solution we evaluated Qualys Labs and Rapid7.
Reseller
Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Sep 10 2020

What is most valuable?

This solution is very customizable compared to everything else I've seen on the market, so you can easily customize it to suit your needs. There are a lot of templates you can use and you can install it pretty quickly so in one hour you can have your scanner up and running.

What needs improvement?

I think the company should redo their web page because the way things are now there are a lot of things you can't do. For example, if you want to filter something on the solution and have it filter down to all of your widgets, you can't do it, you have to go from one widget to the other. It takes… more »

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

I've used Rapid7 in the past and I've also used Qualys a little as well. I work with customers, so I go with whatever they want to use.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend the solution but I would tell people that it requires dedicated staff. You need to have someone looking at what's going on when you scan and you need somebody to go through all the results, otherwise it just sits there. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
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What is Tenable SC?

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.

Also known as
Tenable Unified Security, Tenable SecurityCenter
Tenable SC customers

IBM, Sempra Energy, Microsoft, Apple, Adidas, Union Pacific

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