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Pros
"All of the features are great.""The most valuable feature for us is the support for testing Linux-based web server components.""The reporting on the solution is good.""Rapid7 Metasploit is a useful product.""The solution is open source and has many small targetted penetration tests that have been written by many people that are useful. You can choose different subjects for the test, such as Oracle databases or Apache servers."

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"Tenable Nessus is cheap and flexible.""Scanners and reports using CIS templates ("de-facto" standard, easy to fix and to locate correction tips at documentation), tests against cloud providers, database profiles, several types of telecom devices, and others highly customizable scans.""The reports are pretty nice and easy to understand.""The solution is the most dynamic one I have seen thus far.""Ease of reviewing scores, identifying vulnerabilities, and getting information on them.""User friendly and good dashboards.""Tenable Nessus is an absolutely stable and fantastic product.""With the Tenable Nessus enterprise edition, you have unlimited licenses to scan the device."

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Cons
"The solution should improve the responsiveness of its live technical support.""At the time I was using it, the graphical user interface needed some improvements.""Rapid7 Metasploit can add a GUI feature because it is only available online.""Better automation capabilities would be an improvement.""The solution is not very scalable, it does not provide any automation to be able to scale it."

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"Remediation needs improvement.""Some things in the user interface could be better. The user interface could allow more adjustments to plugins. The price could also be better.""The solution should be able to support more devices.""The reporting feature needs to be improved.""The price could be reduced.""It wasn't very clear how the scripts are running the scans. There's information about the script but it's not straightforward. The script information for each of the plugins should be available, but it doesn't give us straightforward direct information about how it was executed. That needs to be more clear.""Scans aren't done properly and some devices aren't pinged.""The price could be more reasonable. I used the free Nessus version in my lab with which you can only scan 16 IP addresses. If I wanted to put it in the lab in my network at work, and I'm doing a test project that has over 30 nodes in it, I can't use the free version of Nessus to scan it because there are only 16 IP addresses. I can't get an accurate scan. The biggest thing with all the cybersecurity tools out there nowadays, especially in 2020, is that there's a rush to get a lot of skilled cybersecurity analysts out there. Some of these companies need to realize that a lot of us are working from home and doing proof of concepts, and some of them don't even offer trials, or you get a trial and it is only 16 IP addresses. I can't really do anything with it past 16. I'm either guessing or I'm doing double work to do my scans. Let's say there was a license for 50 users or 50 IP addresses. I would spend about 200 bucks for that license to accomplish my job. This is the biggest complaint I have as of right now with all cybersecurity tools, including Rapid7, out there, especially if I'm in a company that is trying to build its cybersecurity program. How am I going to tell my boss, who has no real budget of what he needs to build his cybersecurity program, to go spend over $100,000 for a tool he has never seen, whereas, it would pack the punch if I could say, "Let me spend 200 bucks for a 50 user IP address license of this product, do a proof of concept to scan 50 nodes, and provide the reason for why we need it." I've been a director, and now I'm an ISO. When I was a director, I had a budget for an IT department, so I know how budgets work. As an ISO, the only thing that's missing from my C-level is I don't have to deal with employees and budgets, but I have everything else. It's hard for me to build the program and say, "Hey, I need these tools." If I can't get a trial, I would scratch that off the list and find something else. I'm trying to set up Tenable.io to do external PCI scans. The documentation says to put in your IP addresses or your external IP addresses. However, if the IP address is not routable, then it says that you have to use an internal agent to scan. This means that you set up a Nessus agent internally and scan, which makes sense. However, it doesn't work because when you use the plugin and tell it that it is a PCI external, it says, "You cannot use an internal agent to scan external." The documentation needs to be a little bit more clear about that. It needs to say if you're using the PCI external plugin, all IP addresses must be external and routable. It should tell the person who's setting it up, "Wait a minute. If you have an MPLS network and you're in a multi-tenant environment and the people who hold the network schema only provide you with the IP addresses just for your tenant, then you are not going to know what the actual true IP address that Tenable needs to do a PCI scan." I've been working on Tenable.io to set up PCI scans for the last ten days. I have been going back and forth to the network thinking I need this or that only to find out that I'm teaching their team, "Hey, you know what, guys? I need you to look past your MPLS network. I need you to go to the edge's edge. Here's who you need to ask to give me the whitelist to allow here." I had the blurb that says the plugin for external PCI must be reachable, and you cannot use an internal agent. I could have cut a few days because I thought I had it, but then when I ran it, it said that you can't run it this way. I wasted a few hours in a day. In terms of new features, it doesn't require new features. It is a tool that has been out there for years. It is used in the cybersecurity community. It has got the CV database in it, and there are other plugins that you could pass through. It has got APIs you can attach to it. They can just improve the database and continue adding to the database and the plugins to make sure those don't have false positives. If you're a restaurant and you focus on fried chicken, you have no business doing hamburgers."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The great advantage with Rapid7 Metasploit, of course, is that it's free."
  • "There are two versions available, one of which is the Pro version, and the other is the free version."
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  • "Nowadays, your vulnerability applications are going to be kind of pricey because lots of them, including Rapid7, are based upon a base price, but then they add in the nodes. That's where they get you. If you're a big network, obviously, you need to scan everything. Therefore, it's going to be costly. The risk and insurance money associated with having ransomware on my networks is going to cost me more money, time, and marketing than the price of the tool. That's why I'm speaking only as an information security officer to security operations. This is the tool that is there in my toolbox to say whether we vulnerable or not. At this point, I don't care about how much it costs my company to have it because if I wasn't able to report it and we got ransomware, then who cares? I'm probably going to be out of business because it happened. That's why I don't care about the price. I have it, and I could use it effectively and do my report. At the end of the day, even if we get ransomware, as long as I reported it, followed my protocol, and put in the change, irrespective of whether it was ignored or denied, I did my job."
  • "We pay approximately $2,500 on a yearly basis."
  • "We have a subscription, the licensing fees are paid yearly, and I am using the latest version."
  • "We incurred a single cost for a perpetual license, although I cannot comment on the price as this is above my management level."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "In general, it is extremely expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "One problem with Tenable is its pricing policy. Optimal results can be achieved with Greenbone Solutions which has much more friendly pricing policies."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Rapid7 Metasploit is a useful product.
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    There are two versions available, one of which is the Pro version, and the other is the free version. In the four years that we've been using this solution, we've only used the free version. We… more »
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    Rapid7 Metasploit can add a GUI feature because it is only available online. While it is simple to use, including a GUI would make things easier. It would be very helpful.
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    You have full visibility across cloud, network, virtual, and containerized infrastructures with Rapid7 Insight VM. You can easily prioritize vulnerabilities using attacker analytics. Overall, Rapid7… more »
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    Tenable Nessus is a vulnerability assessment solution that is both easy to deploy and easy to manage. The design of the program is such that if a company should desire to handle the installation… more »
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    The trial version is very good for testing whether it will suit your needs.
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    Overview

    Attackers are always developing new exploits and attack methods—Metasploit penetration testing software helps you use their own weapons against them. Utilizing an ever-growing database of exploits, you can safely simulate real-world attacks on your network to train your security team to spot and stop the real thing.

    Nessus Professional is the industry’s most widely deployed assessment solution for identifying the vulnerabilities, configuration issues, and malware that attackers use to penetrate your, or your customer's network. With the broadest coverage, the latest intelligence, rapid updates, and an easy-to-use interface, Nessus offers an effective and comprehensive vulnerability scanning package for one low cost.

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    Sample Customers
    City of Corpus Christi, Diebold, Lumenate, Nebraska Public Power District, Prairie North Regional Health, Apptio, Automation Direct, Bob's Stores, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, Carnegie Mellon University
    Bitbrains, Tesla, Just Eat, Crosskey Banking Solutions, Covenant Health, Youngstown State University
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Security Firm13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Rapid7 Metasploit is ranked 10th in Vulnerability Management with 5 reviews while Tenable Nessus is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 24 reviews. Rapid7 Metasploit is rated 7.6, while Tenable Nessus is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Rapid7 Metasploit writes "Straightforward to set up, and helpful for moving from development to production". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tenable Nessus writes "Easy to use, good support, and gives full reports of what's vulnerable per device". Rapid7 Metasploit is most compared with Rapid7 InsightVM, Wireshark, Darktrace, Qualys VM and Acunetix by Invicti, whereas Tenable Nessus is most compared with Rapid7 InsightVM, Qualys VM, Tenable.io Vulnerability Management, Tenable SC and Microsoft Intune. See our Rapid7 Metasploit vs. Tenable Nessus report.

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