Gartner Research

A Comparison of Vulnerability and Security Configuration Assessment Solutions

Published: 17 November 2015

ID: G00290479

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros , Anton Chuvakin


Vulnerability assessment tools play a critical role in enterprise vulnerability management. This comparative assessment reviews enterprise-ready VA tools based on modern use cases, expanded core capabilities and emerging focus areas.

Table Of Contents


  • Framework
    • Approach and Core Capabilities
    • Use Cases Supported
    • Emerging Environment Assessment Capabilities
    • Vulnerability Prioritization Approach


  • VA Market
    • Market Basics
    • Vulnerability Market Trends
    • Potential Market Disruptors
  • Alternative Approaches


  • 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
  • For Remotely Deployed Components, Carefully Verify the Extent of Centralized Management
  • 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
  • Investigate VA for Emerging Technologies Now
  • Steer Compliance-Focused VA Projects Toward a Risk-Based Approach

The Details

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

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