Tenable Nessus says that the are "the most widely deployed vulnerability scanner in the world". Truth be told I have not seen the data but I am always impressed when I use it as a stage-1 step in web application testing. It almost always gives me great leads to follow through stage-2 tools and manual testing.

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The latest version, Nessus v6, enables you to reduce your attack surface by enforcing compliance and system hardening policies. Nessus users will more easily be able to create and customize compliance and security policies while also being able to manage scan results, schedules, and policies.

It seems like the storyline and endgame are increasingly repetitive when it comes to hacking.

The Massive Breach at Sony Pictures Has Raised Fears That Cyber Crime Is Outpacing Corporate Security

When it comes to security best practices, Is it not prevention versus detection? Proactive mitigation or mopping up after the fact? Proactive risk assessment or trying to come up with an excuse once valuable data/info has been stolen?

Therefore IT audits and internal penetration testing before someone else (who you do not know) “audits” or “pen-tests” or simply hacks your environment are crucial.