Tenable, vendor of Nessus, has changed its licensing structure for the vulnerability scanner. Starting August 1, 2008, the 'RegisteredFeed', used to obtain signatures, will no longer be available. Users of the product have the option of obtaining either the 'HomeFeed' or the 'ProfessionalFeed'. HomeFeed remains free and is licensed only for use on personal home networks. It has the same vulnerability updates contained in the ProfessionalFeed. The new licensing policy does not allow commercial and government users to scan with the latest updates without an upgrade to ProfessionalFeed. The cost of the ProfessionalFeed will be $1200 a year, and includes compliance checks (PCI, etc.). The ProfessionalFeed also provides subscribers with the latest vulnerability and patch audits, configuration and content audits, and commercial support for their Nessus 3 installation.
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