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Learning Nessus for Penetration Testing by Himanshu Kumar

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Chapter 2. Scanning

Vulnerability scanning, or in other terms, identification of vulnerabilities in the target infrastructure, is the key activity performed by any vulnerability scanner such as Nessus. While using such scanners to perform a Vulnerability Assessment, it is of prime importance to configure the scan parameter, in the most efficient way, keeping the target infrastructure in mind. This will result in getting the most effective scan results in the optimized scan time.

This chapter will introduce how to set up Nessus for vulnerability scanning. Scan configuration in Nessus involves two major steps, namely configuration of a scan policy and launching a scan using the configured policy. The key areas that will be covered in this chapter ...

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