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Compliance

Nessus can perform vulnerability scans of network services as well as log into servers to discover any missing patches.

However, a lack of vulnerabilities does not mean the servers are configured correctly or are “compliant” with a particular standard.

The advantage of using Nessus to perform vulnerability scans and compliance audits is that all of this data can be obtained at one time. Knowing how a server is configured, how it is patched and what vulnerabilities are present can help determine measures to mitigate risk.

At a higher level, if this information is aggregated for an entire network or asset class, security and risk can be analyzed globally. This allows auditors and network managers to spot trends in non-compliant systems and adjust controls to fix these on a larger scale.

When configuring a scan or policy, you can include one or more compliance checks.

Audit Capability Required Credentials
Adtran AOS SSH
Amazon AWS Amazon AWS
Blue Coat ProxySG SSH
Brocade FabricOS  SSH
Check Point GAiA SSH
Cisco IOS SSH
Citrix XenServer SSH
Database Database credentials
Dell Force10 FTOS SSH
Extreme ExtremeXOS SSH
FireEye SSH
Fortigate FortiOS SSH
HP ProCurve SSH
Huawei SSH
IBM iSeries IBM iSeries
Juniper Junos SSH
Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure
Mobile Device Manager AirWatch/Apple Profile Manager/Mobileiron 
MongoDB MongoDB
NetApp Data ONTAP SSH
Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS PAN-OS
Rackspace Rackspace
RHEV RHEV
Salesforce.com Salesforce SOAP API
SonicWALL SonicOS SSH
Unix SSH
Unix File Contents SSH
VMware vCenter/vSphere VMware ESX SOAP API or VMware vCenter SOAP API
WatchGuard SSH
Windows Windows
Windows File Contents Windows

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