Course Overview:

This course provides security professionals with the skills and knowledge to perform vulnerability and compliance scanning of supported operating systems, devices, and applications. Students will construct custom scan policies for topology discovery, network vulnerability detection, credentialed patch audits, and compliance benchmarks, and discuss the underlying technologies utilized by the Nessus scanner.

This course provides students with the necessary information to prepare for the Tenable Certified Nessus Auditor (TCNA) exam.


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Duration: 5 days

Course Objectives:

  • Introduction to Nessus and Vulnerability Scanning
  • Nessus Installation and Administration
  • Basic Nessus Scan Operation
  • Nessus Scan Configuration and Policy Creation
  • Vulnerability Analysis and Reporting with Nessus
  • Advanced Scan Configuration and Policy Creation
  • Introduction to Compliance and Auditing
  • Nessus Auditing Features
  • Windows System Auditing
  • Unix System Auditing
  • Cisco IOS Auditing
  • Nessus Database Auditing
  • Nessus Content Auditing
  • Auditing to Industry Guidelines
  • Auditing to Federal Guidelines


Students should possess a basic understanding of TCP/IP networking, operating systems security, and common client/server applications.


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