Can Nessus scanner be used behind a proxy?

Summary

+ Yes, Nessus can be used behind a proxy by configuring the connection settings to use the proxy server.
+ The following steps will help in setting up Nessus to work with a proxy server.

Details

1. Introduction
* Nessus is a popular vulnerability scanner that helps organizations assess their security posture by identifying vulnerabilities and potential threats.
* One common challenge faced by users is configuring Nessus to work behind a proxy server, particularly in enterprise environments where network access is controlled.
1. Configuring Nessus to work with a proxy server
* To configure Nessus to work with a proxy server, follow these steps:
1. Open the Nessus client and click on “Settings.”
2. Select “Connection” from the left-hand menu.
3. Check the box next to “Use HTTP proxy.”
4. Enter the proxy server address, port number, and authentication credentials (if required).
5. Click “Save” to apply the settings.
* If Nessus is installed on a remote system or behind a firewall, you may need to configure the proxy server settings on that system as well.
1. Troubleshooting common issues
* If Nessus cannot connect to the proxy server, ensure that the server address and port number are correct, and that the connection settings allow access through the firewall.
* If authentication is required, ensure that the credentials entered are correct.
* If you continue to experience issues, contact Tenable support for assistance.
2.

Conclusion

* Nessus can be used behind a proxy server by following the steps outlined above.
* Properly configuring Nessus to work with a proxy server ensures that vulnerability scans can be performed in enterprise environments, helping organizations protect their systems from potential threats.

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