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Re: Vulnerability Scanners
From: "Deepak J. Mathew" <deepakm () RICE EDU>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 23:14:59 -0500

Are you familiar with Tenable NESSUS ?

Deepak J. Mathew

Systems Manager - Administrative Systems

Rice University

(t) 713-348-4328

-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Rivers [mailto:rivers () TENNESSEE EDU]
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:48 AM
Subject: [SECURITY] Vulnerability Scanners


We are looking at purchasing a new vulnerability scanner to use on our
security assessments, and I was wondering if anyone could provide insight to
some of the tools that they currently use.  Right now we use a combination
of open source tools and commercial products, but we are not very happy with
the results that we are getting from our commercial products.

We have three main categories that we assess: database, web, and
workstations/servers.  So we are examining if we will get more accurate
results by having a specialized scanner for each category or if there's a
product out there that will accurately and thoroughly scan all three
categories.  I would be interested in hearing how some of you currently do
your assessments, do you have a separate tool for each one or do you use the
same scanner for all of them?

Also, we are pretty sure that we are going to have to do an RFP for this, so
if anyone has already done a similar RFP and would be willing to share that
would great.

Thanks in advance for you responses.

Andy Rivers
Senior Security Analyst
Information Security Office
University of Tennessee
(865) 974-2032
rivers () tennessee edu

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