Tenable announces comprehensive web application and API scanning capabilities for its Nessus Expert

Glen Pendley, Chief Technology Officer at Tenable
Glen Pendley, Chief Technology Officer at Tenable

Tenable®, the Exposure Management company, announced web application and API scanning in Tenable Nessus Expert, new features that provide simple and comprehensive vulnerability scanning for modern web applications and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  

What do the capabilities bring to Nessus Expert?

Web application and API scanning in Nessus Expert are dynamic application security testing (DAST) features that enable security practitioners to proactively identify and assess web applications and APIs for known vulnerabilities. This includes OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities in custom application code and known vulnerabilities found in third-party components.  

Backed by Tenable Research, Nessus provides broad and accurate vulnerability coverage for web applications and APIs – spanning web app servers, content management systems, web frameworks, programming languages and JavaScript libraries. The result is fewer false positives and negatives, ensuring security practitioners know the true risks in their apps.   

Nessus Expert is the industry’s first vulnerability assessment solution that spans traditional IT assets and the dynamic modern attack surface, including the external attack surface, cloud infrastructure and web applications and APIs. This feature enables security practitioners to: 

  • Set-up new web app and API scans and easily generate comprehensive results  
  • Rapidly discover known vulnerabilities and cyber hygiene issues using predefined scan templates for SSL/TLS certificates and HTTP header misconfigurations 
  • Identify all web applications, APIs and underlying components owned by a given organization  
  • Confidently and safely scan environments without disruptions or delays 

What does the solution mean for Tenable?

“Web applications are under siege and the security practitioners in charge of protecting them face numerous challenges,” commented Glen Pendley, Chief Technology Officer at Tenable.

“With Nessus Expert – the gold standard in vulnerability assessment – we’re tackling the crux of these challenges head on by widening visibility into web applications and APIs. Whether the apps are running on-prem or in the public cloud, Nessus Expert assesses their exposures and provides security practitioners, consultants and pentesters with actionable results quickly.”

More information on Nessus Expert is available here