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Question: What's the difference between Tenable Nessus and Tenable.io Vulnerability Management?
Answer: Both, but I prefer Nessus Pro (costs and you can define out-of-band your better presentation/xLAP platform). Tenable.io has its facilities and extra plugins/views/analytics, but nothing that can't be externally performed by another ETL/presentation tool (for a fraction of cost, sometimes using free toolings like Pentaho, OpenRefine, OBIEE and others).
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"They are on a good trajectory as a company and investing in R&D in the right ways.""The most valuable feature for me is container scanning because I am interested in CICD security.""The vulnerability scanning is the most important aspect of the solution for us.""It is very stable, and it is updated periodically by adding new vulnerabilities.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""The solution can integrate with third parties and meets standard compliance."

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"Tenable Nessus is one of the best vulnerability assessment tools, that I know.""User friendly and good dashboards.""With the Tenable Nessus enterprise edition, you have unlimited licenses to scan the device.""Tenable Nessus is an absolutely stable and fantastic product.""The solution is great for scanning servers.""The features of Tenable Nessus that I have found most valuable are its reliability and its ability to collate a dependable output, where we are able to get the same vulnerability when we test manually. The output is quite reliable.""We have done code scanning for a long period because as a company, we do DevOps as part of our development life cycle.""Ease of reviewing scores, identifying vulnerabilities, and getting information on them."

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"It would be helpful if Tenable could be more clear with regard to everything the solution can and cannot do with the particular license that you have.""It can have more integration.""The solution seems to focus too much on enterprises, and they really need a product that works for SMBs.""An area of improvement for this solution is being able to customize the dashboard. For example, the dashboard does not allow us to view a previous months vulnerability results alongside current results to make comparisons.""The pricing of the solution could be more reasonable.""There needs to be better dashboard navigation."

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"We'd like to see more integration potential within the solution.""The reporting feature needs to be improved.""The features are limited when it comes to scanning network devices for vulnerabilities.""We would like to have the option of using the solution for the cloud as well as on-premises with the same license at the same time. That would be very helpful.""The solution should be able to support more devices.""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.""The reports are okay, but the interface is a bit difficult to navigate in some cases.""Some things in the user interface could be better. The user interface could allow more adjustments to plugins. The price could also be better."

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  • "There are additional features that can be licensed for an additional cost."
  • "The solution is not too expensive."
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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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    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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    It is very stable, and it is updated periodically by adding new vulnerabilities.
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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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    The trial version is very good for testing whether it will suit your needs.
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    Tenable.io Vulnerability Management provides the most accurate information about all your assets and vulnerabilities in ever-changing environments. Available for cloud or on-prem deployment, Tenable.io features a streamlined interface, intuitive guidance, and seamless integrations that help security teams maximize efficiency. When visibility and insight matter most, Tenable.io helps you truly understand your Cyber Exposure.

    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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    Global Payments AU/NZ
    Bitbrains, Tesla, Just Eat, Crosskey Banking Solutions, Covenant Health, Youngstown State University
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Security Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business100%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise29%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Tenable.io Vulnerability Management is ranked 8th in Vulnerability Management with 6 reviews while Tenable Nessus is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 24 reviews. Tenable.io Vulnerability Management is rated 7.8, while Tenable Nessus is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Tenable.io Vulnerability Management writes "Very mature and quite stable but could use a better user interface". 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". Tenable.io Vulnerability Management is most compared with Tenable SC, Rapid7 InsightVM, Snyk, Qualys VM and Arctic Wolf Managed Risk, whereas Tenable Nessus is most compared with Rapid7 InsightVM, Qualys VM, Tenable SC, Rapid7 Metasploit and Microsoft Intune. See our Tenable Nessus vs. Tenable.io Vulnerability Management report.

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