Qualys vs. Nessus

Qualys and Nessus are two powerful vulnerability scanning tools with some common features and some unique traits. Here's a comparison for you to understand how the tools fare against each other in terms of features and performance.

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Qualys vs. Nessus

Pricing
Not mentioned
$5,888.20/year
Scan behind login
Pentesting by security experts
Continuous automated scanning
Yes
Yes
Number of vulnerability scans
Unlimited
Limited
Zero false positives assured with vetted scans
Yes
Cloud Security Review for AWS/GCP/Azure
Yes
Yes
Compliance Reporting
Yes
Yes
Publicly Verifiable Pentest Certificate
Collaboration with expert pentesters
Remediation support within 24-hours
Yes
Integrations
Yes
Yes
Continuous compliance scanning
Actionable vulnerability risk scoring

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Feature Comparison

Qualys

Pricing not mentioned

Qualys offers a free trial version but does not mention its pricing and packages on the website. 

It provides a cloud-based continuous scanning solution and detection of vulnerabilities and misconfigurations.

Nessus

Pricing on the higher side

Nessus provides its top package at $5,888.20 per year. It is built to scan modern attack surfaces to find any vulnerabilities and protect the assets from the same. 

Easy to navigate

Qualys provides a web security scanning solution that is easy to use, navigate and set up. 

It provides a deep scan of the internal and external environment and even the APIs for web apps and mobile apps. 

Does not ensure zero false positives with its scanning which is a drawback of the tool. This leaves the users feeling dissatisfied with the scanning experience. 

Easy to navigate

Nessus provides a point-in-time vulnerability assessment solution that can easily identify vulnerabilities like missing patches, malware, and misconfigurations. 

It offers a limited number of scans but ensures zero false positives with its scanning.

No pentest

Qualys does not provide penetration testing. Rather it focuses on the exhaustive scanning of assets to find any unsafe exposed areas within web security. 

No Pentest

Nessus mainly opts for thorough vulnerability assessments and as such does not provide manual expert pentesting or a pentest certificate.

Insufficient remediation support

Qualys doesn’t offer a lot in terms of remediation support.

Hence, it essentially dumps the workload back onto the customers once the vulnerabilities are discovered. 


Remediation support

The advanced remediation support is only available for an additional $472. 

This comes with 24*365 access to phone, emails, and chat support. It is a hefty price to pay on top of the price of the package.

Integration 

Qualys has integrations with Splunk, Cisco, IBM, and more. 

However, its lack of well-developed remediation measures acts as a hindrance to seamless CI/CD integrations.

Integration 

CI/CD integration is possible with Nessus and it partners with IBM Security, Splunk, GitHub, and GitLab. 

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Collaborative dashboard
Seamlessly collaborate with your team members, CXOs and our Security experts.
Comprehensive Scanner
Our intelligent scanner find issues that other pentests often miss.
Industry-recognized certificate
Build trust among customers and partners with a security certificate.
Real-time, expert support
Get support from security experts right within and your dashboard.
Experienced team
Identify and patch security gaps in your cloud set-up.
Collaborative dashboard
Seamlessly collaborate with your team members, CXOs and our Security experts.
Comprehensive Scanner
Our intelligent scanner find issues that other pentests often miss.
Industry-recognized certificate
Build trust among customers and partners with a security certificate.
Real-time, expert support
Get support from security experts right within and your dashboard.
Experienced team
Identify and patch security gaps in your cloud set-up.
Collaborative dashboard
Seamlessly collaborate with your team members, CXOs and our Security experts.
Comprehensive Scanner
Our intelligent scanner find issues that other pentests often miss.
Industry-recognized certificate
Build trust among customers and partners with a security certificate.
Real-time, expert support
Get support from security experts right within and your dashboard.
Experienced team
Identify and patch security gaps in your cloud set-up.

Testimonials

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Co-founder, Rattle

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Astra the best VAPT provider?

Astra combines automated and manual pentest to offer the most comprehensive security testing solution, without burning a hole into your pocket. The pentest platform integrates easily with your CI/CD pipeline and the intuitive dashboard makes it easy to manage and monitor the vulnerabilities. It is a self-served tool, with excellent remediation support, and an impeccable record.

Do I need to make an upfront payment?

Yes, a Pentest is an in-depth exercise that requires hours of effort of human & technology resources. That’s why an upfront payment is expected.

Can I request a re-scan to check if the vulnerability is patched?

Definitely, once you’ve fixed the vulnerabilities you can request a scan simply by clicking a button on your dashboard. Following which, our engineers are notified and they plan a re-scan. If you are a business plan customer, you get a re-scan every month. If you’ve opted for a security audit separately then one re-scan is available to you.

Do you work with our developer in patching the vulnerabilities?

Yes, for sure. We assist your developers in fixing the vulnerabilities reported. Your developer can comment under each vulnerability if they have any questions regarding the fixation process.

What should I look for in a Pentest tool?

- A self-served tool with a capable team behind it to help you with roadblocks.

- Easy integrations with your SDLC.

- Value for money.

- Scan behind login pages.

- Remediation Support

Till what time can I ask for assistance for fixing?

You start seeing vulnerabilities reported by us from the day testing is started. You can ask for support in fixing the vulnerabilities for 30-days, starting from the day our engineers finish testing. During these 30 days, our engineers will be available to work with you or your developers and assist them in fixing bugs via the comment system of our dashboard. At any point, if the engineers feel that there is a need for a chat, they’ll be happy to talk to you over a chat too.

Does the vulnerability scanner/VAPT work only on a certain technology?

Not at all, the security audit and VAPT are agnostic of the technology stack and work well on all websites.

How to choose a VAPT company?

The main role of a VAPT service provider is to reveal all the underlying security vulnerabilities in your website. Always check for:

- # of tests

- VAPT methodology

- Depth of Penetration testing Report

- Video POCs

- Qualification of security engineers

- Certifications

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