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Tenable Network Security Announces Malware Detection for Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

May 30, 2012

Columbia, MD

The World's Most Widely Deployed Scanner Fills Critical Security Gaps by Incorporating Malware Intelligence from Twenty-Five Antivirus Solutions

Tenable Network Security, Inc., the leader in Unified Security Monitoring (USM), today announced new malicious process detection capabilities on Windows computers for the Nessus® vulnerability scanner. This new functionality complements and extends enterprise-grade antivirus (AV) solutions and empowers businesses to discover often-overlooked and difficult-to-detect malicious software like Flame.

Nessus' malicious process detection enhances an organization's AV strategy by red-flagging threats which often slip through the cracks, including malware specifically designed to avoid and target corporate AV solutions. This new feature, which is available immediately for Nessus, Perimeter Service, and SecurityCenter™ customers, extends Tenable's ability to help organizations fight malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs) including:

  • Identification of infected systems by leveraging the power of dozens of industry-leading antivirus engines
  • Identification of botnet infections, systems connected to known botnets, and websites hosting malicious content associated with botnet propagation
  • Auditing an organization's antivirus agent for vulnerabilities, out-of-date signature rules, and misconfigurations

"When targeting an organization, cybercriminals will create viruses which are designed to bypass detection of whichever antivirus technology is deployed," said Ron Gula, CEO of Tenable Network Security. "With this new Nessus feature, the power of multiple antivirus industry technologies can be leveraged to identify malicious software that has slipped through."

Nessus uses multiple methods to detect malware by scanning networks for evidence of infection — including known Trojans, APTs, and backdoors — and with this plugin, by comparing cryptographic hashes against a database of known malicious hashes. Leveraging technology from ReversingLabs, the expansive database of malicious hashes integrates intelligence from a wide variety of AV vendors, effectively enabling Nessus users to scan running processes with 25 AV solutions at once.

For more information, please visit www.tenable.com.

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.

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