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Tenable Network Security Releases Passive Vulnerability Scanner 3.2

April 21, 2010

Columbia, MD

Enhanced vulnerability discovery, real-time forensic and file share and database activity monitoring 

Tenable Network Security, Inc., the leader in Unified Security Monitoring™ and creator of the popular and award-winning Nessus® vulnerability scanner, is proud to announce the release of version 3.2 of the Passive Vulnerability Scanner (PVS). Tenable’s PVS is a passive technology that monitors network traffic and provides real-time vulnerability data to Tenable’s SecurityCenter management console. In addition, Tenable’s PVS also collects real-time user and forensic activity on the network. 

New Features

This release increases the ability of Tenable’s PVSs to decode complex protocols to find server and client vulnerabilities as well as adding many new forensic and activity monitoring functions. New features include but are not limited to: 

  • Passive discovery of many client and server side vulnerabilities such as vulnerable ActiveX applications embedded on web servers
  • Real-time logging of all file transfers and sharing via SMB, HTTP, FTP and NFS
  • Real-time passive monitoring and logging of SQL database transactions from user and web server applications 

Database Activity Monitoring

PVS’s new capability to monitor networks for real-time SQL transactions enhances Tenable’s ability to perform security monitoring of databases. Tenable Network Security customers will not only be able to perform static vulnerability and configuration analysis of SQL servers with Nessus, they will also be able to monitor database activity in real-time to identify abuse.

Enhanced Forensics

Tenable’s PVS provides continuous passive auditing and discovery of networks. As hosts connect to the network, the hosts are automatically profiled and a majority of the host activity is logged to enable forensic analysis of any security event. 

“Tenable’s PVS allows gathering of a great deal of security and event data without requiring agents or excessive scanning,” said Tenable CEO, Ron Gula. “Since Tenable’s PVS is real-time, it allows for early detection of unauthorized network changes, discovering new types of software and identification of both server and client vulnerabilities.”

About Tenable

Tenable™, Inc. is the Cyber Exposure company. Over 23,000 organizations of all sizes around the globe rely on Tenable to manage and measure their modern attack surface to accurately understand and reduce cyber risk. As the creator of Nessus®, Tenable built its platform from the ground up to deeply understand assets, networks and vulnerabilities, extending this knowledge and expertise into Tenable.io™ to deliver the world’s first platform to provide live visibility into any asset on any computing platform. Tenable customers include more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500, large government agencies and mid-sized organizations across the private and public sectors. Learn more at tenable.com.

Contact Information:

Cayla Baker
cbaker@tenable.com
(443) 539-6476