Nexpose vs Nessus - Which one is better?

Nexpose and Nessus both are commercial vulnerability scanning tools. Both are able to identify more than 20,000 CVEs in the IT infrastructure. Nexpose is owned by Rapid7 while Nessus is owned by Tenable Inc.

This blog helps you to compare and identify which tool is better.


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Nessus Professional

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ParameterNexposeNessus Professional
TrialAvailable for 30 daysAvailable for 7 days
Authenticated ScanAvailable - SSH public key authentication, password-based, Kerberos authenticated scan, LDAP authentication etc.Available - SSH public key authentication, password-based, etc.
Supported Operating SystemCan be installed on Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS
Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS, Microsoft Windows Server 2019, Microsoft Windows Server 2016, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Windows 8.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 8, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6, CentOS 7, Oracle Linux 7, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Can be installed on Debian / Kali Linux, Red Hat / CentOS / Oracle Linux, Fedora, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, Mac OS X, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012, SUSE Linux, Windows 7, 8 and 10
Compliance ChecksSupport SOC 2 Type II, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) etc.Best practice guidance and security policies, such as CIS benchmarks, SOX, FISMA, HIPAA, etc.
Offsite scanAvailableThe remote scan option is available
IPv6support IPv6 scanning support IPv6 scanning
Cost (approximate)up to 128 IPs cost about $2,0001 Year - $2,990
2 Years - $5,830
3 Years - $8,520
Hardware SolutionAvailableNot Available
Known Web Application VulnerabilitiesDesktop Attack Vectors (Adobe Reader, Acrobat, Quicktime, Browsers, Flash, Java), Identify Vendor vulnerabilities (Adobe, Apple, Microsoft), Web (Apache, IIS, OWASP Top 10, PHP, XSS, SQL Injection, Browsers), Operating Systems (Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X), Databases (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL),
Identify known web application vulnerabilities
SCADA systemSupport SCADA scanning Support SCADA scanning
Audit ReportPriority issues report availableCompliance results in Nessus - Pass, Fail, and Warning
SupportAvailable Available


Nexpose and Nessus Professional both are great tools and can be used to scan IT infrastructure. Meanwhile, Nessus is more popular used by security analysts to audit IT systems. Nessus is easily configurable for scan configurations of servers, routers, firewalls, cloud, etc.

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