Gartner Research

Vulnerability and Security Configuration Assessment Solutions Comparison

Published: 06 March 2012

ID: G00225382

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Vulnerability assessment tools play a critical role in enterprise vulnerability management. The tools are being expanded toward an in-depth security configuration assessment, large-scale vulnerability prioritization and security assessment of new cloud, mobile and virtualization environments. This comparative assessment reviews the enterprise-ready vulnerability assessment tools based on modern use cases, expanded core capabilities and emerging focus areas.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Introduction
    • Broader Vulnerability Management Context
  • Scope
  • Vulnerability Assessment Market
    • Market Basics
    • Broader Market Segmentation
    • Market Evolution
    • Vulnerability Market Trends
    • Market Disruptors
  • VA/SCA Tool Use Cases


  • Framework
  • Approach and Core Capabilities
  • Use Cases Supported
  • New Environment Assessment Capabilities
  • Prioritization Approach
  • Individual Vendor Comments
  • Alternative Approaches
  • For Large Deployments, Choose Vendors That Can Demonstrate Proven Experience With Similar Large Projects
  • Plan Your VA Deployment Architecturally, Then Talk to References
  • Compare Vendors on Core Capabilities First, but Don't Stop There
  • For Remotely Deployed Components, Carefully Verify the Extent of Centralized Management
  • Use a Dedicated Product for Vulnerability Assessment
  • Match the Vendor's VA/SCA Approach to Your Own
  • Know Where the General Purpose VA Tool Reaches Its Limits
  • Investigate Vulnerability Assessment for New Environments Now
  • Steer Compliance-Focused Vulnerability Management Projects Toward a Risk-Based Approach

The Details

  • Vendor Profiles
    • eEye Digital Security
    • McAfee
    • nCircle
    • Qualys
    • Rapid7
    • Tenable
  • VA/SCA Core Capabilities


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