Vulnerability assessment tools

Core Security Technologies Core Impact v12

Core Security Technologies Core Impact v12

Strengths: Flexible, easy-to-use tool with lots of capability at all levels of use. Weaknessses: None that we found.
eEye Digital Security Retina CS

eEye Digital Security Retina CS

Strengths: Full featured and easy-to-use vulnerability management. Weaknesses: None that we found.
Fortinet FortiScan-3000C

Fortinet FortiScan-3000C

Stregths: Granular control over assets through administrative domains. Weaknesses: Can be expensive for some environments.
GFI LanGuard 2011

GFI LanGuard 2011

Strengths: Vulnerability assessment tool with many other features. Weaknesses: None that we found.
Lumension Scan

Lumension Scan

Strengths: Powerful scanning engine with an easy-to-use interface. Weaknesses: Lacks a lot of features.
McAfee Vulnerability Manager

McAfee Vulnerability Manager

Strengths: Compliance scanning and risk-based correlation ability. Weaknesses: Easy to misconfigure if setup procedures are not followed correctly.
netVigilance Internal Scan - Cloud

netVigilance Internal Scan - Cloud

Strengths: Cloud-based full scanning with no overhead. Weaknesses: None that we found.
Rapid7 Nexpose Enterprise Edition

Rapid7 Nexpose Enterprise Edition

Strengths: Vulnerability scanning, along with many other features for full vulnerability management. Weaknesses: Can be costly for some organizations.
Saintscanner and Saintexploit

Saintscanner and Saintexploit

Strengths: Solid set of vulnerability management tools. Weaknesses: None that we found.
SecPoint Penetrator

SecPoint Penetrator

Strengths: Vulnerability scanning, penetration and Wi-Fi auditing in an easy-to-use appliance. Weaknesses: Very little built-in compliance ability.
Secunia Corporate Software Inspector (CSI)

Secunia Corporate Software Inspector (CSI)

Strengths: Application vulnerability scanning with an always updated backend. Weaknesses: Would like to see integrated compliance-based scanning.
Tenable Network Security Nessus ProfessionalFeed

Tenable Network Security Nessus ProfessionalFeed

Strengths: Solid vulnerability scanning tool that is lightweight and easy to use. Weaknesses: Requires Tenable Security Center to provide full vulnerability management capability.
Zoho ManageEngine Security Manager Plus

Zoho ManageEngine Security Manager Plus

Strengths: Full vulnerability maangement and patch management platform in an easy-to-use application. Weaknesses: Weak documentation and can be expensive as an ongoing cost.
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The SC Magazine Labs Team tested some of the top vulnerability assessment tools on the market, and found that the new trend is a move toward management as opposed to evaluation.

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