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Vulnerability Assessment

CVE coverage

74K CVEs – the most in the industry

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59K unique CVEs

59K detected by Rapid7

False-positive rate

Industry's lowest false-positive rate – better than six-sigma accuracy1

Not published; customers report many false-positives

Not published; customers report many false-positives

Pre-built audit scan templates

Tenable published 1071 audits covering 406 benchmarks

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Not available

Total number of benchmarks is not published, Nexpose provides templates for most common frameworks

Live Results

Live Results identifies vulnerabilities using existing scan data with new plugin updates, for real-time visibility

Not available

Not available

Vulnerability grouping

Grouped View presents similar vulnerabilities in a single thread for ease of management

Not available

Not available

IaC (Infrastructure as Code) policy violation scanning*

Yes

Not available

Not available

Continuous subdomain discovery scanning (Attack Surface Discovery)*

Yes

Not available

Yes

Security Configuration Assessment/Audit (SCA)

Pre-built compliance and configuration assessment templates

1100+ compliance and configuration templates (CIS, DISA STIG, HIPAA, PCI DSS, USGCB, FDCC, and more) – at no extra cost

Very limited set of configuration templates included. No support DISA STIG, USGCB, or FDCC audits

Total number is not published

Reporting and User Interface

Flexible report creation

Pre-built report templates simplify report creation. Reports can be tailored based on customized views by team or client

Limited report templates and filtering capabilities

Pre-built report templates. Reports can be created and tailored based on customized views

Report export formats

HTML, CSV, PDF, Nessus XML, and Nessus DB

Anonymous XML, CSV, ITG, PDF, TXT, XML

HTML, CSV, PDF, XML, and RTF/text

Branded reports

Option to add personal branding (name/logo)

Not available

Can request the creation of a custom report template through Professional Services

Automatic email distribution of reports after scans finish

Included

Not available

Not available

Security Research

Expert security research

Largest vulnerability research team in the industry with the best vulnerabilities coverage

Community driven

Rapid7 maintains a respected security research team

Platform Support

Supported operating systems

Windows: All supported Windows OS versions except for Windows on Arm

macOS: All supported macOS versions

Linux:RHEL versions 6, 7, 8, and 9

Ubuntu - 14.04, 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, and 22.04

CentOS versions 6, 7, and 8

Amazon Linux 1 and 2

Debian versions 9, 10, and 11

Oracle Linux 6, 7, and 8

SLES 11 SP4, 12 SP2, 12 SP3, 12 SP4, 12 SP5, 15, 15 SP1, 15 SP2, and 15 SP3

Runs on Unix and Linux and comes available by default with Kali Linux. No Windows support

The user has to build binaries from the source code or seek assistance from the community

Windows: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, 2019, 2022, and 8.1

Linux: RHEL versions 6,7,8

Ubuntu: 16.04, 18.04, 20.04

CentOS 7
Oracle Linus 7, 8
SUSE Linus 12

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Cost of acquiring, operating, and supporting product

7-day free trial
Full pricing here

Extensive pre-built capabilities, automation, and vendor support minimize manual effort

Free to download.2
Significant manual work required to deploy, operate, and self-support

Greenbone offers commercial distribution of OpenVas, pricing is not published

Not published.

Rapid7 urges visitors to try enterprise-grade InsightVM instead

Product Viability

Product investment

Tenable is investing heavily in Nessus – with 4 major releases in 2022

Community-driven releases - 2 minor releases in 2022

Rapid7 deprioritizing Nexpose and didn’t announce major releases in 2022

Industry Adoption

Paid customers

40,000+2

Not available

10,0003

Cumulative downloads

2+ million 4

Nessus

Not published

Not published

#1 market share for application VA

Yes5

No

No

1Approximately 0.32 defects per 1 million scans https://www.tenable.com/products/nessus.
2Source: https://www.tenable.com/about-tenable/about-us. Virtually all Tenable customers are using Nessus or a product built on Nessus technology.
3Source: https://www.rapid7.com/about/customers. Not all of Rapid7’s customers are using Nexpose (or InsightVM).
4Source: https://www.tenable.com/products/nessus.
5According to IDC WorldWide Device Vulnerability Management 2020: https://www.tenable.com/analyst-research/idc-worldwide-device-vulnerability-management-report-2020.
*Applies to Nessus Expert.
Data as of December 2022.
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