Aruba ClearPass vs Tenable Security Center comparison


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Categories and Ranking

Aruba ClearPass
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Network Access Control (NAC) (2nd)
Tenable Security Center
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Vulnerability Management (1st), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) (12th), Risk-Based Vulnerability Management (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Network Access Control (NAC) category, the mindshare of Aruba ClearPass is 24.3%, down from 24.7% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Tenable Security Center is 0.7%, down from 0.8% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Network Access Control (NAC)
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Vulnerability Management
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)

Featured Reviews

Aditya Buditama - PeerSpot reviewer
Jul 15, 2022
Has an access tracker that's helpful when you want to troubleshoot authentication failures
My company has eight hundred users of Aruba ClearPass in the IT security team, and about five or six people are required for the deployment and maintenance of the solution. Currently, my company doesn't have any plans of increasing usage for Aruba ClearPass because it's been scaled up three times more than the current need when it was first purchased, so the solution is only being used at about 30% of its maximum capacity. It could take another four or five years before my company increases its usage. Aruba ClearPass is a solution I would highly recommend to others looking into implementing it because, in my experience, it's really easy to manage. It has a low production cost, and even if the initial cost for the deployment is quite high, it becomes pretty cheap because you don't have to renew the license. If you need basic captive portal authentication, I would recommend Aruba ClearPass. I'm rating Aruba ClearPass nine out of ten. My company is a customer, not a partner of Aruba ClearPass.
Tharaka Shameera - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 10, 2023
The solution serves as a good tool and is very user-friendly
We use the solution for creating passwords and security scanning purposes The solution has been beneficial for our organization. The solution serves as a good tool and is very user-friendly as well. It has many features. We are able to identify vulnerabilities in our systems, and ways to fix…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The most valuable feature of Aruba ClearPass is the ease of deployment and integration with other equipment in the network."
"Support is decent."
"What I like best about Aruba ClearPass is its 802.1X certificate-based authentication feature."
"The most valuable features of Aruba ClearPass are the authentication mechanisms and the integration with Active Directory(AD)."
"Aruba is a highly scalable product. It just works. We have no issues with scalability."
"The most valuable feature, I would say, is the cost-effectiveness of the solution when compared to others."
"The customized modules for guests, the self-registration and login, one license for all, no license for guest users, and the self-integration of sandbox integration are the most valuable features."
"We are able to satisfy many different organizational needs because of its flexibility."
"Compared to other products, the most valuable features of the solution are its ease of use and ability to provide visibility over scan results while providing many templates to users, making it a helpful tool."
"I found the dashboard features very useful. It made it easy to track remediation progress. I could publish dashboards to remediation teams and track the progress on the dashboards."
"Feature-wise, Tenable Security Center is a very fast tool with many dashboards and reports, and it covers all our systems."
"Very customizable with a lot of templates."
"The most valuable features of Tenable SC are scanning, reporting, dashboards, and automation."
"The most important features are the dashboard and reporting. The dashboard provides statistics with graphs and bar charts for our management."
"Tenable also helps us to focus resources on the vulnerabilities that are most likely to be exploited. And since it is continuously updated, it allows us to reevaluate quickly if there are new vulnerabilities found..."
"It basically reviews our threat landscape vulnerability."


"The user interface should be improved. The logs and how the logging mechanism works can also use an upgrade."
"I would like the area of managing wired technology to be improved. Wireless is very good but I'm still struggling a bit to do my end to end configurations in the wired technology area."
"The interface could be made easier and more intuitive."
"Aruba ClearPass has fewer deployment scenarios and flexibility than Forescout."
"ClearPass' GUI could be more user-friendly."
"After HP, their support is the worst."
"Configuration should be more easy to understand between the link of two topics."
"What needs improvement in Aruba ClearPass is just the endpoint context server, in particular, the indication with the context server because sometimes the daily process isn't as smooth-sailing. Sometimes, the information isn't up-to-date. I'm not sure if that's a vendor limitation, but currently, it's the only tricky part of the current configuration. What I'd like to see in the next release of Aruba ClearPass is a dashboard or a monitoring feature that would allow users to see the integration process with an external server because there's no visibility into that right now."
"The web application scanning area can be improved."
"Additional costs are associated with using the solution, as additional scanners are required for different endpoints connected to the Tenable Security Center. If Tenable Security Center could extract information from these scanners automatically rather than manually, it would enhance user-friendliness for customers."
"There is not much room for improvement. However, there should be a guide that describes the step-by-step procedures for doing tasks. Otherwise, training is required from a senior guy to a junior guy."
"The solution needs to improve the vulnerability assessment because we have experienced some challenges with accuracy."
"The solution is expensive."
"Certain aspects require manual effort, such as exporting and analyzing data for our dashboards. The built-in components of the Tenable solution are somewhat clumsy that require external tools. So, this is an area of improvement."
"The product should provide risk-based vulnerability management."
"I will say it's a lot slower compared to an MS scan. It takes so much longer, so the performance could definitely be worked on."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"You can get Aruba ClearPass either where you purchase it outright or you can be subscription-based. The cost will vary according to what is selected, but it's licensed per device. For example, for a hundred users or a hundred device license, it would cost approximately $2,000."
"​Cost is important. I switched because Aruba's costs were well below Cisco's."
"We pay an annual licensing fee for Aruba and there are no additional costs."
"The starting price of Aruba ClearPass is 200k Hong Kong dollars. The licensing is based on the endpoints. For example, 100 - 500 end points."
"The price of Aruba ClearPass is expensive. When you want to build redundant systems it can be seen as necessary, so the enterprise will manage all of those costs."
"Run a 90 day free Proof of Concept (POC) for each product by implementing and using it fully in your environment. This way you will be educated on its features, functionality, and manageability.​"
"Aruba is a little more expensive than other products in the market here."
"There is a license to use Aruba ClearPass."
"We're happy with the licensing cost and find it affordable."
"This solution's price is quite high."
"The tool costs around 15,000 Saudi riyals monthly."
"Costing is pretty reasonable compared to the competition."
"We pay around 60,000 on a yearly basis."
" is more expensive than its competitors."
"Though reasonable, the main competitor of Tenable SC, Rapid7, offers a more aggressive and better priced product."
"I rate the solution's price as seven on a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive. The tool is quite expensive."
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Questions from the Community

Which is better - Aruba Clearpass or Cisco ISE?
Aruba ClearPass is a Network Access Control tool that gives secure network access to multiple device types. You can adapt the policies to VPN access, wired, or wireless access. You can securely ...
What is the biggest difference between Aruba ClearPass and FortiNAC?
I've done quite a lot of work with ClearPass, and not a lot with FortiNAC/Bradford. ClearPass incorporates a number of different functions including ClearPass Guest for creating complex wireless g...
What do you like most about Aruba ClearPass?
If you are looking at the base installation, then it was a very straightforward process, which I would rate an eight or nine out of ten.
What do you like most about Tenable SC?
The tool's dashboard and reporting capabilities match our company's needs since we are able to modify the basic view to create a new dashboard, and it works out very well for our needs.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Tenable SC?
I rate the solution's price as seven on a scale of one to ten, where one is cheap and ten is expensive. The tool is quite expensive.
What needs improvement with Tenable SC?
The tool's initial configuration is not so easy. The hardware requirements related to the tool need to be better because we need a lot of memory to achieve speed in the solution. If our company nee...

Also Known As

Avenda eTIPS, Tenable Unified Security, Tenable SecurityCenter



Sample Customers

Consulate Health Care, Los Angeles Unified School District, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), San Diego State University, KFC, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
IBM, Sempra Energy, Microsoft, Apple, Adidas, Union Pacific
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