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Create a Scan

Steps

  1. On the top navigation bar, click the Scans button.

    The My Scans page appears.

  2. In the upper-right corner, click the New Scan button.

    The Scan Templates page appears.

  3. Click the scan template that you want to use.

  4. Configure the scan:

    1. In the Name box, type a name for the scan.
    2. In the Targets box, type an IP address, hostname, or range of IP addresses.
    3. Click the Scanner box, and then select the scanner or scanner group that you want to perform the scan.
    4. If desired, modify the scan's settings. The scan can be launched using the default settings.

    5. If you want to perform a credentialed scan, click the Credentials tab, and then specify the credentials that you want to use for the scan.

    6. If you want to use the scan to audit compliance, click the Compliance tab, and then specify which of the following platforms you want to audit. Tenable, Inc. provides best practice audits for each platform. Additionally, you can upload a custom audit file.

  5. If you want to launch the scan later, click the Save button.

    The scan is saved.

    -or-

    If you want to launch the scan immediately, click the down button, and then click Launch.

    The scan is saved and launched.

Create a Basic Network Scan

  1. On the Scans / My Scans page, select the New Scan button.

    The Scan Library appears.

  2. Select the Basic Network Scan template.
  3. Configure the scan settings using the Basic, Discovery, Assessment, Report, and Advanced links.
  4. Select Credentials.
  5. In the Credentials list, select the applicable credentials required to perform the scan. Multiple credentials can be added.
  6. Select Save or Launch.
    • Select the Save button to save the scan without launching. The scan is set to On Demand, and can be launched from the Scans / MyScans page.
    • Select the Save ▼ arrow to display the Launch option. If you select Launch, the scan will be saved and launch immediately.

Create an Advanced Scan

  1. On the Scans / My Scans page, select the New Scan button.

    The Scan Library appears.

  2. Select the Advanced Scan template.
  3. Configure the scan settings using the Basic, Discovery, Assessment, Report, and Advanced links.
  4. Select Credentials.
  5. In the Credentials list, select the applicable credentials required to perform the scan. Multiple credentials can be added and configured.
  6. If applicable, select Compliance.
  7. In the Compliance Checks list, select compliance checks applicable to perform the scan. Multiple compliance checks can be added and configured.
  8. If applicable, select Plugins.

    The enabled plugins appear.

  9. Select Save or Launch.

    • Select the Save button to save the scan without launching. The scan is set to On Demand, and can be launched from the Scans / MyScans page.
    • Select the Save ▼ arrow to display the Launch option. If you select Launch, the scan will be saved and launch immediately.

Create a PCI Quarterly External Scan (Unofficial)

  1. Navigate to the Scans / My Scans page.
  2. Select the New Scan button.
  3. Select the PCI Quarterly External Scan (Unofficial) template.
  4. Enter a Name and Description.
  5. Next, if applicable, configure settings: Basic, Discovery, and Advanced.

    Tip: In Nessus Professional and Nessus Manager, the scan results from the PCI Quarterly External Scan (Unofficial) may not be submitted to Tenable, Inc. for PCI AVS Validation. This feature is available only in Tenable.io.

Tip: For scanning agents, see Manage Nessus Agents.

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