Nessus Features

For vulnerability, configuration and compliance assessment

Flexible Deployment Options

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Designed for Single or multiple users Single Multiple Multiple
How deployed On-premises or Tenable cloud-hosted solution On-premises Cloud-hosted On-premises

Multiple Assessment Types

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Vulnerability scanning Assess systems, networks and applications for weaknesses
Configuration auditing Ensure that IT assets are compliant with policy and standards
Compliance checks Audit system configurations and content against standards
Malware detection Detect malware as well as potentially unwanted and unmanaged software
Web application scanning Discover web server and services weaknesses and OWASP vulnerabilities
Sensitive data searches Identify private information on systems or in documents
Control system auditing Scan SCADA systems, embedded devices and ICS applications
Cloud Support Assess configuration weaknesses in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace public clouds

Rich Assessment Capabilities

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High speed asset discovery and scanning Network devices including next generation firewalls, operating systems, databases, web applications, virtual and cloud environments and more
Scan multiple networks Scan on IPv4, IPv6 and hybrid networks
Credentialed / non-credentialed Flexible scanning options to meet different needs
Scan scheduling Set up scans to run when and how often you want
Selective host re-scanning After a scan, re-scan all or a subsection of previously scanned hosts
Automatic scan analysis Remediation action priority and scan tuning recommendations
Agent-based scanning Increase scan coverage with Nessus Agents  
Multi-scanner support Manage and share scan resources from a central console  
Worldwide Scanners Use scanners in multiple locations around the world    

Ongoing Management

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Product updates Nessus software and UI changes can be configured for automatic feeds
Content updates Constant updates for vulnerabilities, advanced threats, zero-days and new types of regulatory compliance configurations through Nessus plugins
User management Create multiple users and groups with different privileges  
Resource management Share scan resources with multiple users and/or groups  
Customer Support Get assistance via the Tenable Support Portal and/or support team resources Chat Email Chat Email Phone Chat Email Phone

Connect with Core Systems

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Password vault integration Integrates with CyberArk for easier credential management  
Patch management auditing Integrates with patch management solutions from IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat®, and Dell  
Mobile device security Integrates with major MDMs, including Microsoft, Apple, Good, MobileIron, AirWatch  
Nessus RESTful API Standard, supported and documented API for integrating Nessus into your workflow


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Flexible reporting Customize reports to sort by vulnerability or host, create an executive summary, or compare scan results to highlight changes
Multiple report formats Native (XML), PDF (requires Oracle Java be installed on Nessus server), CSV, and HTML
Targeted email notifications Notification of scan results, remediation recommendations and scan configuration improvements
Results and report sharing Automatic post-scan analysis with attachments/screenshots stored in scan reports  
Dashboards Presents a graphical summary of scans  
PCI ASV validation Submit scan results to Tenable for validation