Nessus Turns 15!

by Paul Asadoorian
April 4, 2013

Nessus 15th Anniversary

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Nessus® vulnerability scanner. Over the years, there have been many significant improvements to Nessus, and it’s repeatedly proven to be an essential part of my information security toolset.

I started using Nessus about 13 years ago. As a UNIX systems administrator, I was tasked with implementing security across our systems in preparation for a security audit. Naturally, one of the pieces of software I discovered was Nessus, which allowed me to scan my systems, reduce the number of exposed services, and apply patches to the operating system and software.

Fast forward to today, and guess what? It’s still a crucial part of my security toolkit — I use Nessus in support of penetration testing efforts, to evaluate the security of my own systems, and test the security of software and devices before they’re deployed.

We published a Nessus timeline which highlights more than 30 key milestones over the past 15 years.

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Below are some examples:

As of today, April 4, 2013, the official 15th birthday of Nessus, there are 54,396 plugins, 55,000+ .audit checks, and 10,000,000+ downloads. It’s a testament to the hard work of Renaud and several talented software engineers who have contributed to the Nessus engine itself, the API, and the plugins. Happy 15th birthday, Nessus, and I’m looking forward to the next 15 years.

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