Pause or Resume a Scan (Unified Scan Configuration)

Required Scan Permissions: Can Control

You can pause scans that you want to stop temporarily. When you pause a scan, Tenable.io pauses all active tasks for that scan and concludes the scanner's local scan task. Paused scans do not consume scanner resources, and other scans can run while there is a paused scan. Tenable.io does not dispatch new tasks from a paused scan job. If the scan remains in a paused state for more than 14 days, the scan times out. Tenable.io terminates the related tasks on the scanner and categorizes the scan as aborted.

You can resume scans that you previously paused. When you resume a scan, Tenable.io instructs the scanner to start the tasks from the point at which the scan was paused. If Tenable.io encounters problems when resuming the scan, the scan fails, and Tenable.io categorizes the scan as aborted. Tenable.io does not dispatch new tasks from a paused scan job. If the scan remains in a paused state for more than 14 days, the scan times out. Tenable.io terminates the related tasks on the scanner and categorizes the scan as aborted.

Note: You can only pause and resume Vulnerability Management scans.

To pause or resume a scan:

  1. In the upper-left corner, click the Menu button.

    The left navigation plane appears.

  2. In the left navigation plane, click Scans.

    The Scans page appears.

  3. In the scans table, roll over the scan.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To pause the scan, click the Pause button in the row.
    • To resume the scan, click the Resume button in the row.

    A confirmation window appears.

  5. In the confirmation window, click Pause or Resume as appropriate.

    Tenable.io pauses or resumes the scan.