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Executive Summary
Updated on April 6, 2022

We performed a comparison between Qualys VM and Tenable Nessus based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both products say the initial setup is straightforward.
  • Features: Users of both products say the solutions are easy to use and offer good stability and scalability. Qualys VM users find the reporting to be great and the continuous monitoring to be excellent, and like that it offers a customizable dashboard. They would like to see more accuracy in detections, as well as features for scanning SCADA, IoT, and Industrial Control Systems. Tenable Nessus users like the automatic scanner and scheduler, and that the solution is fast. Users of Tenable Nessus would like to see better reporting and better integration.
  • Pricing: Users of Qualys VM say the solution is expensive, but note that they offer discounts. Tenable Nessus users agree that its price could be better.
  • Service and Support: Most Qualys VM users say that the service and support is good. Tenable Nessus reviewers feel that the technical support is satisfactory, but response times could be improved.

Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, both products have an easy deployment, unique features, and reasonable service and support. However, users rated Tenable Nessus as a slightly better solution.

To learn more, read our detailed Qualys VM vs. Tenable Nessus report (Updated: September 2022).
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  • "They have recently changed the pricing model, which is now better than it was before."
  • "It is different for every company, but for us, it's every three years."
  • "Qualys is cheaper and more affordable than other solutions."
  • "The pricing and licensing for Qualys could be improved."
  • "We do see over $100,000 in terms of price, for mid-size programs. You likely will pay more than $100,000 without any discount. It is a bit pricey."
  • "I used to work there, so I never paid for the product. As an employee, we get a lifetime license for personal use, and that's what I'm using. It is a comprehensive platform, so there is a lot more to it. There could be other solutions that are probably a little bit cheaper, but it depends on what people need. Different people have different needs. It offers many things on the same platform. If you add all the things up, it should be cheaper, but I have not done any analysis specifically."
  • "There is a license for the use of this solution. We pay annually instead of monthly to receive a better discount on the price."
  • "Qualys VM is better suited for medium to large companies because the price can be too much for smaller customers."
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  • "Nowadays, your vulnerability applications are going to be kind of pricey because lots of them, including Rapid7, are based upon a base price, but then they add in the nodes. That's where they get you. If you're a big network, obviously, you need to scan everything. Therefore, it's going to be costly. The risk and insurance money associated with having ransomware on my networks is going to cost me more money, time, and marketing than the price of the tool. That's why I'm speaking only as an information security officer to security operations. This is the tool that is there in my toolbox to say whether we vulnerable or not. At this point, I don't care about how much it costs my company to have it because if I wasn't able to report it and we got ransomware, then who cares? I'm probably going to be out of business because it happened. That's why I don't care about the price. I have it, and I could use it effectively and do my report. At the end of the day, even if we get ransomware, as long as I reported it, followed my protocol, and put in the change, irrespective of whether it was ignored or denied, I did my job."
  • "We pay approximately $2,500 on a yearly basis."
  • "We have a subscription, the licensing fees are paid yearly, and I am using the latest version."
  • "We incurred a single cost for a perpetual license, although I cannot comment on the price as this is above my management level."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "In general, it is extremely expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "One problem with Tenable is its pricing policy. Optimal results can be achieved with Greenbone Solutions which has much more friendly pricing policies."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the ability to run different capabilities with the same agent. With only one agent, we can… more »
    Top Answer:It is a high cost product. Compared to the other solutions, it is around 15 to 20% higher in cost. Qualys VMDR has… more »
    Top Answer:This solution could be improved by extending the agent capabilities to different operating systems including Mac and… more »
    Top Answer:You have full visibility across cloud, network, virtual, and containerized infrastructures with Rapid7 Insight VM. You… more »
    Top Answer: Tenable Nessus is a vulnerability assessment solution that is both easy to deploy and easy to manage. The design of the… more »
    Top Answer:Nessus' most valuable feature is vulnerability management because it helps to discover vulnerabilities proactively and… more »
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    Overview

    We’re on a mission to help organizations effectively reduce risks in their Cloud and Kubernetes environments. Purpose-built for the unique complexities of multi-environment, multi-workload, and multi-project cloud estates, Wiz automatically correlates the critical risk factors to deliver actionable insights that don't waste time.

    Wiz connects in minutes using a 100% API-based approach that scans both platform configurations and inside every workload. Our full security stack context surfaces the toxic combinations that show the attackers’ view to a breach. Security and development teams use Wiz workflows to proactively remove risks and prevent them from becoming breaches.

    Qualys Vulnerability Management (VM) is a cloud-based service that gives you immediate, global visibility into where your IT systems might be vulnerable to the latest Internet threats and how to protect them. It helps you to continuously identify threats and monitor unexpected changes in your network before they turn into breaches.

    Nessus Professional is the industry’s most widely deployed assessment solution for identifying the vulnerabilities, configuration issues, and malware that attackers use to penetrate your, or your customer's network. With the broadest coverage, the latest intelligence, rapid updates, and an easy-to-use interface, Nessus offers an effective and comprehensive vulnerability scanning package for one low cost.

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    Sample Customers
    Fox Mars DocuSign Avery Dennison Blackstone Bridgewater BMW
    Agrokor Group, American Specialty Health, American State Bank, Arval, Life:), Axway, Bank of the West, Blueport Commerce, BSkyB, Brinks, CaixaBank, Cartagena, Catholic Health System, CEC Bank, Cegedim, CIGNA, Clickability, Colby-Sawyer College, Commercial Bank of Dubai, University of Utah, eBay Inc., ING Singapore, National Theatre, OTP Bank, Sodexo, WebEx
    Bitbrains, Tesla, Just Eat, Crosskey Banking Solutions, Covenant Health, Youngstown State University
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Comms Service Provider5%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Healthcare Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Security Firm13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Qualys VM vs. Tenable Nessus
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Qualys VM vs. Tenable Nessus and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Qualys VM is ranked 3rd in Vulnerability Management with 24 reviews while Tenable Nessus is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 38 reviews. Qualys VM is rated 8.2, while Tenable Nessus is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Qualys VM writes "Excellent continuous monitoring, helpful technical support, easy to scale, and simple to install". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tenable Nessus writes "Easy to use, good support, and gives full reports of what's vulnerable per device". Qualys VM is most compared with Tenable.sc, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, Rapid7 InsightVM, Tenable.io Vulnerability Management and Darktrace, whereas Tenable Nessus is most compared with Rapid7 InsightVM, Tenable.io Vulnerability Management, Tenable.sc, Rapid7 Metasploit and Microsoft Intune. See our Qualys VM vs. Tenable Nessus report.

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