Gartner Research

Vulnerability and Security Configuration Assessment Solutions Comparison

Published: 01 April 2014

ID: G00261471

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin


Vulnerability assessment tools play a critical role in enterprise vulnerability management. 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
  • Scope
  • Vulnerability Assessment Market
    • Market Basics
    • Relevant Market Segmentation
    • Vulnerability Market Trends
    • Potential Market Disruptors


  • Framework
  • Approach and Core Capabilities
  • Use Cases Supported
  • New Environment Assessment Capabilities
  • Prioritization Approach
  • Brief VA/SCA Vendor Assessment
  • Alternative Approaches

Gartner Definitions

  • 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
    • BeyondTrust
    • McAfee
    • Qualys
    • Rapid7
    • Tenable Network Security
    • Tripwire
  • VA/SCA Core Capabilities


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