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Tenable Network Security Expands Cloud Services Division, Unveils Nessus Cloud, Hires Sean Molloy as VP of Cloud Services

February 25, 2015

Columbia, MD

Note: Nessus Cloud is now a part of Tenable.io Vulnerability Management. To learn more about this application and its latest capabilities, visit the Tenable.io Vulnerability Management web page.

Tenable launches Nessus® Cloud to deliver world-class vulnerability management capabilities for SaaS applications in a hosted cloud-based service

Tenable Network Security®, Inc., the leader in continuous network monitoring, today announced plans for major expansion of its cloud services division with the hiring of Sean Molloy as vice president of cloud services and the release of Nessus Cloud. Molloy is responsible for overseeing the operations, deployment, design and architecture of a complete Tenable product lineup in the cloud.

“As more organizations rely on enterprise-wide software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for day-to-day operations, cloud security becomes a critical concern,” said Ron Gula, CEO, Tenable Network Security. “Tenable is investing heavily in cloud and Sean Molloy is exactly the right blend of visionary leader and hands-on project manager to help us give customers more choice and flexibility by delivering all of Tenable’s products as cloud services.”

Nessus Cloud brings the industry-leading capabilities of Nessus vulnerability management to SaaS platforms and local systems in a Tenable-hosted managed cloud service, eliminating overhead costs. It builds on the capabilities of its predecessor, Nessus Enterprise Cloud, to provide enhanced remote management of distributed scanners and collaboration features that allow security, compliance, IT and other staff to work together on their vulnerability management program.

Tenable’s plans for the cloud go beyond the Nessus product line and are intended to give customers more choice and flexibility when selecting a deployment that works for them. To accomplish this Tenable will shape its cloud offerings into a global platform that complements the company’s existing line of market-defining continuous network monitoring and vulnerability management products.

“My job is to design, deploy, and operate a world-class cloud framework for the full Tenable product suite,” said Molloy. “We want to assure both capacity and availability, and provide a tight integration to the on-premises software. It’s something Tenable is uniquely positioned to deliver and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with such incredibly talented people to make our products available in the cloud.” 

Prior to joining Tenable, Molloy served as director of software engineering at Qualys before being promoted to chief architect. During this time, Molly was responsible for the design, architecture and deployment of the company’s next-generation cloud platform and the company’s transition to a services-based software model. 

About Nessus Cloud

Agent-Based Scanning: Nessus Agents simplify, automate and extend vulnerability management capabilities by performing offline scans of network assets. Agents run remotely on any Windows device—including laptops, tablets and mobile phones, which can come and go from the network and are often unavailable for scheduled assessments.

Easy Deployment: Nessus Cloud provides all the functionality of the gold-standard Nessus vulnerability management platform as a managed service hosted by Tenable and deployed from the cloud.

Remote Management: Nessus Cloud provides centralized scan management for an entire enterprise and enhanced scheduling for multiple scanners. It takes just a few minutes to access and manage remote scans across the entire enterprise, regardless of the number of locations or the complexity of the network.

Resource Sharing: Nessus Cloud harnesses the power of collaboration with four user levels, enabling resource sharing based on user/group permissions. Scanners, schedules, policies, and results can be shared with system administrators across the enterprise from any Internet browser, providing time and resource efficiency.

PCI Support: Nessus Cloud is a PCI-certified Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) solution, to help merchants and service providers ensure the safety and security of payment card data from the cloud.

Nessus Cloud is will be publicly available March 31, 2015.

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:

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