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The Nessus vulnerability scanner allows you to perform compliance audits of numerous platforms including (but not limited to) databases, Cisco, Unix, and Windows configurations as well as sensitive data discovery based on regex contained in .audit files. Audit files are XML-based text files that contain the specific configuration, file permission, and access control tests to be performed.

Tenable provides a wide range of audit files, and you can write new ones for specific environments. Common audit files are maintained on the Tenable Downloads Page and through the SecurityCenter feed. The Audit Files page lists information about the audit file, including the name, owner, group, type, version, and the last time the audit file was modified.

After you create an audit file, you can reference the audit file in a template-based Policy Compliance Auditing scan policy or a custom scan policy. For more information about compliance options in custom scan policies, see Compliance Options.

For more information, see Manage Audit Files, Add a Template-Based Audit File, and Add a Custom Audit File.

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