A Comparison of Vulnerability and Security Configuration Assessment Solutions

Published: 01 August 2017 ID: G00322810

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Vulnerability assessment tools play a critical role in enterprise vulnerability management. Technical professionals implementing VA tools can use this assessment to compare enterprise-ready VA tools based on modern use cases, expanded core capabilities and emerging focus areas.

Table of Contents

  • Comparison
    • Vendor Criteria
    • Highlights Comparison
  • Analysis
    • VA/SCA Market
      • Market Basics
      • Market Drivers
      • VA/SCA Deployment Options
      • Vendor Enterprise Readiness
      • VA and SCA Integration
    • Vulnerability Assessment Market Trends
      • Effective Prioritization Is Still an Issue
      • Highly Specialized VA May Still Require Special-Purpose Tools
      • Organizations Are Seeing the Limitations of VA Tools Versus Homegrown Application Vulnerabilities
      • VA Versus DAST: Key Differences
    • Market Evolution and Potential Disruptors
    • Alternative Approaches
  • Guidance
    • For Large Deployments, Choose Vendors That Can Demonstrate Proven Experience With Similar Projects
    • Plan Your VA Deployment Architecturally, Then Talk to References
    • Compare Vendors on Core Capabilities First, but Don't Stop There
    • Use a Dedicated Product for VA
    • Match the Vendor's VA/SCA Approach to Your Own
    • Know Where the General-Purpose VA Tool Reaches Its Limits
    • Steer Compliance-Focused VA Projects Toward a Risk-Based Approach
    • Assess Vulnerability Prioritization Capabilities, and Consider Additional Tools If Necessary
  • The Details
    • Comprehensive Capability Comparison
    • Vendor Profiles
      • BeyondTrust
      • Qualys
      • Rapid7
      • Tenable Network Security
      • Tripwire
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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