Get Started with Tenable Nessus


Install and configure Tenable Nessus

  • Follow the installation steps depending on your Tenable Nessus software and operating system, as described in Install Tenable Nessus.

Create and configure scans

  1. Run a host discovery scan to identify assets on your network.
  2. Create a scan.
  3. Select a scan template that fits your needs.

    When you configure a Tenable-provided scan template, you can modify only the settings included for the scan template type. When you create a user-defined scan template, you can modify a custom set of settings for your scan. Tenable sometimes refers to a user-defined template as a policy.

  4. Configure the scan:
    • Configure the scan settings available for your template.

      For information about scan targets, see Scan Targets.

    • (Optional) To configure live results, see Live Results.
    • (Optional) If you are running a credentialed scan, configure credentials.
    • (Optional) If you are running a compliance scan, select the compliance audits your scan includes.
    • (Optional) If you are using an advanced scan template, select what plugins your scan includes.
  5. Launch the scan.

View and analyze scan results

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