Powerful scanner with a plethora of options!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 27, 2018

Powerful scanner with a plethora of options!

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Tenable SecurityCenter

We use Tenable Security Center as an auditing tool for known hosts on a network or for a "catch all" for when we are doing black box testing. The tool is fantastic for either scenario and I highly recommend it. The clients that utilize Tenable Security Center usually use it across the whole department and or organization, depending on how large the organization is, that is. It is almost always used to address compliance within large organizations.
  • Network sweeps
  • Network/host auditing (NIST, DoD, etc)
  • Vulnerability Scans
  • Bulky - does not scale easily
  • Lack of detailed error logs for scan issues
  • Lack of stripped client (piggybacking off the bulky) - could use a mini/portable client like nmap
  • SecurityCenter has saved me from missing major items on tests. I would fixate on something, spend too much time on one item. Nessus broke the monotony and ensured that I didn't miss findings
From time to time I take a contract in which I am building a network which includes either a SOC or a compliance shop (lots of this occurring now with the 800-171 compliance push). In many cases businesses like to take the cheap way out. We'll install other lesser known vulnerability scanners and or vulnerability scanners like Openvas. While they all get the job done, they do not pack the power that Nessus/ SecurityCenter packs
SecurityCenter is definitely the juggernaut of the industry. You don't see many shops that are not using Nessus and or SecurityCenter. As a pen tester, I do not judge shops that use Nessus as a catch all, as there are a lot of things you can get hyper focused on and a tool like this helps you see things you may have missed.