Forescout Platform vs Tenable Security Center comparison


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Executive Summary

Categories and Ranking

Forescout Platform
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Network Access Control (NAC) (4th), IoT Security (1st), Endpoint Compliance (4th), Extended Detection and Response (XDR) (14th)
Tenable Security Center
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Vulnerability Management (1st), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) (11th), Risk-Based Vulnerability Management (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Network Access Control (NAC) category, the mindshare of Forescout Platform is 12.6%, up from 11.3% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Tenable Security Center is 0.3%, down from 1.0% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Network Access Control (NAC)
Unique Categories:
IoT Security
Endpoint Compliance
Vulnerability Management
Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)

Featured Reviews

Nov 9, 2022
We can go granular on each endpoint, quarantine non-compliant machines, and target vulnerabilities through scripting
Logging would be one area for improvement. When we're troubleshooting, there are not a lot of clear things on Google that we can look up for ourselves. When we have an issue with it, we have to call the company to get the vendors involved. The logging of Forescout is horrible compared to other things that we've used. We don't use ISE, but based on what we heard from the users we've reached out to who do use ISE, the logging capabilities of ISE are better, and troubleshooting is so much easier with ISE than it is with Forescout. It doesn't have a lot of end-user support after the purchase of the license. There is no training either for Forescout. That's something that it's lacking. We need refresher training. The vendors came out and trained us whenever we first set up Forescout, but we have people coming and going all the time. There are some things that we wish that it would do. We use ACAS, which is a reporting tool that scans our network and then lets us know what kind of vulnerabilities are on the network. It would be nice if there was a way to connect Forescout. I know ISE connects with our configuration management tools to push patches and things like that out to a large array of machines. With Forescout, we can push some patches out, but it can't handle anything on a large scale. So, we wish that Forescout would be able to handle more and connect to some of the other tools that we use. We have 15 different tools that do pretty much the same thing but in a different way to get a good picture of our network. It would be nice if we can condense that down or have something that is a central hub-type tool that can reach out to some of our other tools, compile the data better, and have that data in one place.
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 initial setup is quite simple. It's not too complex or difficult to set up."
"The user management has been very easy for the most part."
"Vulnerability remediation is valuable. We can narrow down a system and its properties. We can go granular on the properties of each endpoint, such as which operating system you're using."
"The most valuable feature of the Forescout Platform it's highly customizable and flexible."
"Forescout Platform has granular features and one of the most impressive features is the agentless feature."
"Forescout Platform is stable, it is great."
"You can quickly filter your view of devices and zero in on the ones you want using a variety of tools, such as what subnet it is on or what it has been classified as."
"Forescout Platform's best feature is plug-in integration."
"The scans are the most valuable aspect of this solution."
"The scanning part, the agent part – that's the valuable aspect."
"Their overall cost of service is pretty good."
"The tool gives us fewer false positives. Compared to its competitors, the solution’s reports are more accurate."
"The predictive prioritization features are pretty good. They do a lot of research and we trust the research that they do internally. They have knowledge of what's going on with many companies, where we only get a view into what's going on here. So the ability to get best practices out of them as part of this solution, is valuable to us."
"The tool provides us insight into the happens of the network and its hosts. It provides me with a list of hosts."
"The most valuable features in Tenable SC are scanning and analysis."
" is user-friendly."


"The solution's customer support is bad and should be improved."
"The system controls could be better."
"Multitenancy should be included in the next version so it could be used as a managed service provider."
"Forescout needs to upgrade its development in the future."
"Custom integrations need to be better."
"Forescout Platform would benefit from using AI. Everything has to be set up manually, but AI can learn and suggest rules over time. It also lacks visualization, and some interface configurations need improvement. The visualization seems a couple of years behind compared to other products."
"We have found that the agent-based authentication, available within this solution could be improved."
"Forescout Platform isn't flexible with connections to devices like printers and forces you to re-enter details like the MAC address after any breakdowns."
"Tenable SC could be improved with additional connectivity to external company postures and the capability of managing and sustaining agents in the systems directly without additional platforms in the middle."
"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."
"Security can always be improved."
"It's good at creating information, it's good creating dashboards, it's good at creating reports, but if you want to take that reporting metadata and put it into another tool, that is a little bit lacking."
"The biggest issue I have with the solution is when I'm using the scanning it picks up the original DNS of that device. That means, before we image it and actually change the DNS to something within our company structure, it'll just be random numbers and letters and Tenable will stick to that DNS for a long time."
"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."
"In terms of configuration, there is some level of flexibility that we are not able to achieve."
"The reporting side can be improved. The dashboards are nice, but exporting things out for reports for management was a little tough."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Devices with multiple IP's count multiple times against your license count."
"The price of Forescout is reasonable when compared to Cisco ISE."
"We have a very clear licensing model for business. I don't have to have a Ph.D. to be able to understand the licensing model as you might need for other solutions. If I know exactly what we want, it can tell you which license you need. The solution is easy for purchasing, ordering, and ease of deployment as well."
"We might have paid in the ballpark of $20,000 yearly for our licenses. I do not recall there being other fees over and above the standard licensing fee."
"They base the license on the number of devices, which is quite misleading."
"The pricing structure should be enhanced."
"The cost of licensing for this product is quite high, but this cost covers all the features of the solution so it is a single payment for the term that has been selected."
"Forescout Platform is on the expensive side."
"Though reasonable, the main competitor of Tenable SC, Rapid7, offers a more aggressive and better priced product."
"Costing is pretty reasonable compared to the competition."
"I would rate the pricing a nine out of ten, where ten is expensive. It is the most expensive tool my company is using."
"We're happy with the licensing cost and find it affordable."
"It is a bit expensive. Everything is included in the license."
"I use a local license to perform penetration testing and I'm pretty happy with everything when it comes to pricing and licensing."
"My company needs to make yearly payments towards the licensing costs. The pricing of the solution falls in the mid-range level, so it is not too expensive"
"Tenable SC is priced per asset, with the basic solution starting around US$12,000 for 500 assets."
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Top Industries

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Educational Organization
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Educational Organization
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm

Company Size

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Small Business

Questions from the Community

What advice do you have for others considering Forescout Platform?
Forescout is a very powerful NAC product that does not rely on port level configuration. It can detect and block unauthorized devices very quickly. But it has a lot of capabilities and really would...
What advice do you have for others considering Forescout Platform?
I would rate the Forescout Device and Visibility Control Platform at a six out of ten.
What advice do you have for others considering Forescout Platform?
I recommend doing a compression demo. If people use it, they will buy it. So they have to see the product in place. That's the main recommendation is to do a proof of concept. If they do, they will...
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

Forescout Platform, CounterACT for Endpoint Compliance, ForeScout CounterACT, Tenable Unified Security, Tenable SecurityCenter

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