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 Nessus 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 following table briefly describes the settings for the default agent scan templates.
Nessus Agent Templates
Advanced Agent Scan
An agent scan without any recommendations, so that you can fully customize the scan settings. In Tenable.io, the Advanced Agent Scan template allows for two scanning methods:
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.
|Basic Agent Scan||
Scans systems connected via Nessus Agents.
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.
|Policy Compliance Auditing||
Audits system configurations against a known baseline for systems connected via Nessus Agents.
|SCAP and OVAL Auditing||
Audits systems using SCAP and OVAL definitions for systems connected via Nessus Agents.
(Tenable.io only) Scans a compiled inventory via Frictionless Assessment Nessus Agents. For more information, see the Special Use Templates in the Nessus Agent user guide.
Note: Collect Inventory scans provide coverage for:
Collect Inventory scans do not currently provide coverage for:
Note: Nessus Agents running on MacOS and Nessus Agents older than version 10.1.0 do not execute inventory scans, and are excluded from scan results.