Nessus is a proprietary vulnerability scanner developed by Tenable Network Security. It is free of charge for personal use in a non-enterprise environment.
According to surveys done in 2009 by sectools.org, Nessus is the world’s most popular vulnerability scanner, taking first place in 2000, 2003, and 2006 security tools survey. Tenable Network Security estimated in 2005 that it was used by over 75,000 organizations worldwide.
Tenable Network Security
Tenable Network Security provides continuous monitoring to identify vulnerabilities, reduce risk and ensure compliance. Our family of products includes SecurityCenter Continuous View, which provides the most comprehensive and integrated view of network health, and Nessus, the global standard for detecting and assessing network data.
Tenable defines vulnerabilities in the broadest sense of the term and our continuous monitoring technology identify vulnerabilities from missing patches, detection of intruders on your network, missing configurations and missing monitoring.
We are able to identify all of the different types of risk on the network so customers can make informed decisions about where they are exposed. Tenable’s continuous monitoring technology reaches across cloud, virtual, mobile and traditional IT systems and measures attack vectors in each of these domains.
From Tenable Network Security: Nessus is the most trusted vulnerability scanning platform for auditors and security analysts. Users can schedule scans across multiple scanners, use wizards to easily and quickly create policies, schedule scans and send results via email. Nessus supports more technologies than any other vendor, including operating systems, network devices, hypervisors, databases, tablets/phones, web servers and critical infrastructure.
Key features include:
High-Speed Asset Discovery -Vulnerability Assessment -Malware/Botnet Detection -Configuration & Compliance Auditing -Scanning & Auditing of Virtualized & Cloud Platforms
Easy to Use
Policy creation is simple and only requires a few clicks to scan an entire network
The Nessus scanner covers more technologies and identifies more vulnerabilities, providing a higher detection rate than competing solutions
Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Complete vulnerability scanning solution with unlimited scans against unlimited IPs for one low cost
Fast & Accurate
High-speed accurate scanning with low false positives lets you quickly identify those vulnerabilities that need fixing first
Tenable researchers leverage extensive intelligence sources – providing plug-ins that deliver timely response for the latest vulnerabilities and threats
Easily move to Tenable.io – with tools that speed migration – as vulnerability management needs increase.