Tenable Security Center vs Tenable Vulnerability Management comparison

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Executive Summary
Updated on May 11, 2022

We performed a comparison between Tenable.io Vulnerability Management and Tenable SC based on our users’ reviews in four categories. Our conclusion is presented below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both products were close to unanimous that the initial setup is straightforward.

  • Features: Both solutions provide effective vulnerability scanning and are stable and scalable.

    Users of Tenable.io Vulnerability Management note a range of valuable features, including a good API and integration with third-party solutions. A number of users say the user interface of Tenable.io could be improved.

    Tenable SC users are pleased with the intuitive UI, dashboards, and the ability to customize the solution. The reporting provided by Tenable SC garners mixed feedback, and some users feel the speed of the solution could be improved.

  • Pricing: A majority of users who comment feel that the pricing of both products could be reduced. Tenable SC reviewers note that it is expensive compared to other solutions.

  • Service and Support: Tenable.io Vulnerability Management users are generally satisfied with the support they receive, although turnaround time and documentation are noted as areas for improvement. Tenable SC users are very pleased with the support for the product, noting that support staff are responsive and helpful.

Comparison Results: Tenable SC comes out ahead when it comes to the user interface and product support. However, it is an on-prem solution only, while Tenable.io Vulnerability Management is available for both cloud or on-prem deployment and is noted as integrating well with third-party solutions.

To learn more, read our detailed Tenable Security Center vs. Tenable Vulnerability Management Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What are the differences between Tenable.sc and Tenable.io?
Answer: Here are some of the key differences between Tenable.sc and Tenable.io: In terms of deployment, Tenable.sc is an on-premises solution, while Tenable.io is a cloud-based solution. Let's talk about features next. It is reported that Tenable.sc offers a broader range of features than Tenable.io. For example, Tenable.sc includes vulnerability scanning and compliance assessment, plus it has risk management capabilities, while Tenable.io focuses on vulnerability scanning and compliance assessment. Regarding affordability, Tenable.sc may be more expensive than Tenable.io. Support-wise, Tenable.sc offers 24/7 support, while Tenable.io provides 24/5 support. If you need a solution with a wide range of features and 24/7 support, then Tenable.sc may be a good option. However, if you are looking for a cloud-based solution that may be more affordable, Tenable.io may be a better solution.
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"The product is our second solution, and we are happy that it meets our requirements.""Initial setup was pretty straightforward.""The solution is very intuitive and the dashboards are simple to use.""The most valuable features in Tenable SC are scanning and analysis.""The solution is one of the most, if not the most, stable product available.""The most valuable features of Tenable SC are scanning, reporting, dashboards, and automation.""The most valuable feature of the product is the Assurance Report Card, which gives us an overview of the security poster in just a simple glance.""It is a very good and user-friendly product."

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"It is a stable solution. Stability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.""It is a very, very user-friendly tool...The setup is easy""It is pretty stable. I would rate it nine or maybe ten.""Tenable.io, in particular, is quite a powerful product. It looks at your traditional environment, which is pretty much anything that is on-premises, and it also goes a step ahead and covers your modern assets, which is anything that is currently sitting in the cloud. You get complete visibility of your entire environment and tech operation. The ability to give you visibility across the entire tech surface is one of the biggest advantages that Tenable.io has.""It is easy to manage. Most of the information the tool provided helped to further investigate the vulnerability and its impact.""The solution creates vulnerability tickets within the VM profile but should also include them under the Remediation tab so the fixes can be viewed in the ticketing queue.""The initial setup is straightforward so long as your infrastructure, components, and networks are in place.""The vulnerability management itself is the most valuable feature as well as references to the mitigation techniques."

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"Though the solution's technical support is responsive, they do take a lot of time, making it one of the solution's shortcomings that needs improvement.""The solution needs to improve the vulnerability assessment because we have experienced some challenges with accuracy.""The solution's user interface has some issues.""The solution needs to improve its support. I would like to see a bird's eye view of my network architecture. I would also like to see the continuous view feature in the tool.""The vulnerability scan does not work correctly until the access privileges are set by the system administrator.""In terms of configuration, there is some level of flexibility that we are not able to achieve.""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.""The tool's initial configuration is not so easy."

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"I don't recommend Tenable.io Vulnerability Management for web scanning""Tenable.io Vulnerability Management could be improved with an increased number of dashboards and MSSP integration.""The tool's reports are bad. They're not very customizable or flexible. During audits, we often have to exclude things that aren't relevant to our organization, but we can't do that easily with the reports. They come in HTML or PDF format, and we can't compare current results with previous ones in Excel because we never receive reports in Excel.""The stability has room for improvement.""It can have more integration.""The pricing of the solution could be more reasonable.""It's not a user-friendly tool since it has a complicated interface.""The one drawback that we have found is the reports."

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  • "It is slightly more expensive than other solutions in the same sphere."
  • "We're able to save because we don't have to employ more staff members to help wit ht he scheduling of the scans, running the reports or sending them out to the systems owners. That alone is a big ROI for us."
  • "The licensing costs for this solution are approximately $100,000 US, and I think that covers everything."
  • "The pricing is more than Nexpose."
  • "Costing is pretty reasonable compared to the competition."
  • "We're a Fortune 500 company... our licensing costs [are] in the seven figures."
  • "We pay around 60,000 on a yearly basis."
  • "The price can start at €10,000 ($13,000 USD) for between 500 and 1,000 assets, and the price can climb into the millions as more assets are added."
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  • "There are additional features that can be licensed for an additional cost."
  • "The solution is not too expensive."
  • "Tenable.io Vulnerability Management's pricing solution model isn't great."
  • "The total cost we pay for this solution is over 45K. This is for a large education organization."
  • "Compared to other VM solutions, Tenable.io Vulnerability Management is expensive."
  • "On a scale of one to ten, where one is low, and ten is high price, I rate the pricing an eight. So, it is a pretty expensive solution."
  • "Tenable.io is not known for being a cheap product."
  • "A yearly payment has to be made toward the solution's licensing costs."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer: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 needs… more »
    Top Answer: Tenable Nessus is a vulnerability assessment solution that is both easy to deploy and easy to manage. The design of the program is such that if a company should desire to handle the installation… more »
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    Also Known As
    Tenable.sc, Tenable Unified Security, Tenable SecurityCenter
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    Get a risk-based view of your IT, security and compliance posture so you can quickly identify, investigate and prioritize your most critical assets and vulnerabilities.

    Managed on-premises and powered by Nessus technology, the Tenable Security Center (formerly Tenable.sc) suite of products provides the industry’s most comprehensive vulnerability coverage with real-time continuous assessment of your network. It’s your complete end-to-end vulnerability management solution.

    Managed in the cloud and powered by Tenable Nessus, Tenable Vulnerability Management (formerly Tenable.io) provides the industry's most comprehensive vulnerability coverage with real-time continuous assessment of your organization. Built-in prioritization, threat intelligence and real-time insight help you understand your exposures and proactively prioritize remediations.

    Sample Customers
    IBM, Sempra Energy, Microsoft, Apple, Adidas, Union Pacific
    Global Payments AU/NZ
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Educational Organization17%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Security Firm24%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Educational Organization24%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise46%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business53%
    Midsize Enterprise3%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    Tenable Security Center vs. Tenable Vulnerability Management
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about Tenable Security Center vs. Tenable Vulnerability Management and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    Tenable Security Center is ranked 1st in Vulnerability Management with 48 reviews while Tenable Vulnerability Management is ranked 2nd in Vulnerability Management with 39 reviews. Tenable Security Center is rated 8.2, while Tenable Vulnerability Management is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Tenable Security Center writes "A security solution for vulnerability assessment with automated scans". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tenable Vulnerability Management writes "Discovers vulnerabilities and integrates well with other solutions". Tenable Security Center is most compared with Qualys VMDR, Tenable Nessus, Rapid7 InsightVM, Horizon3.ai and Tanium, whereas Tenable Vulnerability Management is most compared with Tenable Nessus, Qualys VMDR, Amazon Inspector, Microsoft Defender Vulnerability Management and Rapid7 InsightVM. See our Tenable Security Center vs. Tenable Vulnerability Management report.

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