Book Provides Insight on Nessus Vulnerability Scanner

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-11-15 Print this article Print

"Nessus Network Auditing" is dedicated to explaining the inner workings of the Nessus open-source vulnerability scanning tool.

"Nessus Network Auditing," by Renaud Deraison et al. (Syngress Publishing), is dedicated to explaining the inner workings of the Nessus open-source vulnerability scanning tool.

This $49.95 paperback is my new bible for running one of the most useful security testing tools available. The book takes an enterprise view in explaining everything from how to install Nessus to the best way to maintain the plug-in modules that are the backbone of the product.

Renaud Deraison, founder of the Nessus Project and a frequent online authoritative source of advice about Nessus, is one of the most significant contributors in this collaborative effort. The book is artfully edited, and each section reads as if written by the same author, with consistently useful tips and tricks.

After reading "Nessus Network Auditing," even senior IT managers with limited hands-on network security assessment will get fresh insight into how one of the most common scanning tools works.

One area that Ive always had questions about is how best to interpret Nessus reports. There is a chapter on this topic, and it was immediately useful to me in scanning the eWEEK Labs test network for weaknesses.

Youll be repaid many times over for investing in a copy of "Nessus Network Auditing."

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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