Nessus v6

What's New in Nessus v6

The latest version, Nessus v6, enables you to reduce your attack surface by enforcing compliance and system hardening policies. Nessus users will more easily be able to create and customize compliance and security policies while also being able to manage scan results, schedules, and policies.

Keeping Nessus v6 up-to-date is now an automated process and provides you with more control over the update process.

Easily integrate Nessus into your existing security processes with a new API, which is fully documented and accessible from within the Nessus UI.

Compliance and System Hardening Policies

Hundreds of compliance and system hardening policies (“audit” files) are now available directly from the Nessus UI via the plugin feed. Nessus users can access out-of-the-box policies for network gear, firewalls, storage devices, virtualization and cloud platforms, and a wide variety of major operating system platforms (including UNIX, Linux and Windows), and much more!

Compliance and System Hardening Policy Editor

Nessus v6 simplifies the customization of policies, enabling the user to tune various compliance and system hardening policy settings from within the Nessus UI.

Automatic Updating

The Nessus engine and UI can now be updated automatically, allowing you to deploy more Nessus scanners with less maintenance. Users can choose to enable complete automatic updates (Nessus engine, UI and plugins) or select to only receive plugin updates until such time an upgrade is desired.

Nessus RESTful API

Nessus v6 provides a standard and supported API for integrating Nessus into your vulnerability management workflow. The XMLRPC API has been replaced with a simpler RESTful API, complete with documentation and examples available from the Nessus UI.

New Policy Editor

Nessus v6 simplifies editing scan policies. Plugin preferences and policy settings have been reorganized to improve navigation and discoverability, allowing you to more easily define how Nessus will scan your assets!

Selective Host Re-Scanning

Once a scan completes, users can select individual hosts and launch a re-scan of all hosts (“Default”), only those hosts selected by the user (“Selected”) or specify a custom list of hosts (“Custom”).

Other Features & Enhancements

Cisco ISE Integration

This feature will allow users to take mitigation actions against hosts in a given scan utilizing integration with Cisco ISE.

Exporting Scan Results Workflow Improvements

Users can now easily export an Executive Summary of the scan results, or select individual components to export a custom report.

Nessus Scanner Management Overview

A new set of options has been added for easy access to the Nessus scanner settings, including the management of user accounts, other scanners, proxy settings, and defining advanced settings.

Unified Scan View

Simplify creating and managing scans. Remove scan and schedule views and replace with a single view. Scans can be controlled from the scan listing. A new “History” tab shows previous results, and changes can be made via a “Configure” button in Scan Detail view.

New Compliance & System Hardening Policies

Nessus v6 adds support for hardening policies which include Salesforce, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and MongoDB.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Support

Nessus v6 now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 as an installation platform.

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