Welcome to Tenable Nessus Agent 10.4.x
Last updated: September 20, 2023
Tenable Nessus Agents are lightweight, low-footprint programs that you install locally on hosts to supplement traditional network-based scanning or to provide visibility into gaps that traditional scanning misses. Tenable Nessus Agents collect vulnerability, compliance, and system data, and report that information back to a manager for analysis. With Tenable Nessus Agents, you extend scan flexibility and coverage. You can scan hosts and endpoints that intermittently connect to the internet without using credentials. You can also run large-scale concurrent agent scans with little network impact.
About Tenable Nessus Agents
Tenable Nessus Agents help you address the challenges of traditional network-based scanning, specifically for the assets where it's impossible or nearly impossible to collect information about your organization's security posture consistently. Traditional scanning typically occurs at selected intervals or during designated windows and requires systems to be accessible when a scan executes. If laptops or other transient devices are not accessible when a scan executes, they are excluded from the scan, leaving you unaware of vulnerabilities on those devices.
Once installed on servers, portable devices, or other assets found in today’s complex IT environments, Tenable Nessus Agents identify vulnerabilities, policy violations, misconfigurations, and malware on the hosts where they are installed and report results back to the managing product. You can manage Tenable Nessus Agents with Tenable Nessus Manager or Tenable Vulnerability Management.