Pause or Resume a Scan

Required User Role: Scan Operator, Standard, Scan Manager, or Administrator

Required Scan Permissions: Can Control

You can pause scans that you want to temporarily stop. When you pause a scan, Tenable.io pauses all active tasks for that scan. The paused tasks continue to fill the task capacity of the scanner that the tasks were assigned to. 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.

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, in the Tools section, click Scans.

    The Scans page appears. By default, the My Scans folder is active.

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

    The action buttons appear in the row.

  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 message appears.

  5. Click Pause or Resume as appropriate to confirm the action.

    Tenable.io pauses or resumes the scan.