Nessus Vulnerability Scan
“What it does – vulnerability management – it does as well or better than any system we’ve seen and its long history makes it completely reliable.”
The average cost of a cyber security breach is $7 million.
In today’s world of constantly changing security vulnerabilities and new exploits, no system should be left unmonitored. Doing so will lead to a system compromise, potential data loss, ransomware, and any number of many other business impacting threats. A critical step in the monitoring of any system is regular external scanning of all resources.
This service allows the scheduling of consistent monitoring of any network accessible resource by the very latest and most up-to-date security monitoring platform available. Every system exposed to the Internet benefits from continual security monitoring. System administrators and security firms around the globe rely on this service to routinely check on the integrity of their services and platforms.
Nessus allows for your host to be scanned as often as once daily; this scan is hosted by Fibernet. The scan’s report is integrated into the customer backroom, so it’s easily accessible. Color-coded vulnerabilities ranging from low to critical make it simple to read, leaving you time to fix the problems instead of trying to decipher the report. Fibernet offers two different types of this service, the Remote Scan, and the Agent Scan.
Nessus Remote Vulnerability Scanner
The Nessus Remote Scan is an external vulnerability scanning software hosted offsite. It remotely scans all external-facing ports and searches for any communication with botnet-infected systems, or potential exploits from outside sources. The exploits used in the WannaCry ransomware attacks, for example, could have been easily discovered with a Nessus Remote Scan. A single host starts at $24.95.
Nessus Agent Vulnerability Scanner
Unlike the Remote scan, the Nessus Agent Scan is installed directly on the host, so that you can scan internally the software of the host. This allows for the discovery of malware, infected software, backdoor implants, and other potential vulnerabilities. Within your own server, you can scan for anything that might cause an issue, or worse, in the future. Pricing starts at $24.95 for 1 host.
Which One Is Better?
Between the two, the Nessus Agent is not a different version of the Nessus Remote, and it isn’t a more advanced, or enterprise edition. The Remote scanner works externally, scanning the host from other sources, and the Agent scans the host’s internal software. One can’t replace the other, but they can work in conjunction to create a complete vulnerability scanner. With both, more vulnerabilities are found and then fixed promptly, instead of waiting for your PCI or compliance audit. The reports are still integrated into the customer backroom or can be easily downloaded in the same format from the software, with the same easy-to-read features and color-coded risk levels.
Nessus can benefit anyone and everyone who wants to improve their cyber security. That should be everyone, since cyber attacks number in the billions according to the 2016 Dell Security Annual Threat Report If you don’t think you’re at risk, think again.
Nessus is the best-known vulnerability scanner in the world, and with good reason, according to SCMagazine.com. In a product review, they stated that “What it does – vulnerability management – it does as well or better than any system we’ve seen and its long history makes it completely reliable.”
Any company that needs to be PCI or HIPAA compliant knows the requirement of regular scans and regular audits. The Nessus Vulnerability Scanners is a great tool to prepare for these scans and audits and can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on remediation and repeat audits. Beyond compliance, the Nessus Vulnerability Scanner gives you information at your fingertips to know exactly how to upgrade, update, and maintain your system so that you can become free of anything that could cause you a much bigger loss.