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Agent Templates

You can use templates to create an agent scan or policy.

In both Nessus Manager and Tenable.io, default templates for agent scans appear in the Agent tab. The manager interface provides brief explanations of each default template.

Note: If you create custom policies for agent scans, those templates appear in the User Defined tab.

The table below briefly describes the settings for the default agent scan templates. You may also have access to special templates.

For a comprehensive explanation of template settings, see the documentation for Nessus Manager or Tenable.io.

Template

Description

Settings Compliance/SCAP

Advanced Agent Scan

Note: When you create an agent scan using the Advanced Agent Scan template, you must also select the plugins you want to use for the scan.

Scans without any recommendations.

Basic: All

Discovery: Port Scanning

Assessment: General, Windows, Malware

Report: All

Advanced: Debug Settings

Unix

Unix File Contents

Windows

Windows File Contents

Basic Agent Scan

Scans systems connected via Nessus Agents.

Basic: All

Discovery: Port Scanning

Assessment: General, Windows

Report: All

Advanced: Debug Settings

None
Malware Scan

Scans for malware on systems connected via Nessus Agents.

Note: See the Application, Malware, and Content Audits video and the Application, Malicious Software, and Content Audits video for more information about scanning for malware in Nessus.

Basic: All

Discovery: Port Scanning

Assessment: General, Malware

Report: All

Advanced: Debug Settings

None
Policy Compliance Auditing

Audits systems connected via Nessus Agents.

Basic: All

Discovery: Port Scanning

Report: Output

Advanced: Debug Settings

Unix

Unix File Contents

Windows

Windows File Contents

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