Why Read This
In Forrester's 53-criteria evaluation of vulnerability management vendors, we found that the market is rife with mature products. Qualys led the pack because of its strong vulnerability assessment capability, forward-thinking strategy, and exceptional customer reviews. Rapid7, Lumension, McAfee, and nCircle are a notch down, but all turned in solid scores that landed them in the Leaders section. eEye Digital Security, Tenable Network Security, and Critical Watch are ranked as Strong Performers. These products may lack platform diversity, have slightly weaker application-level scanning capability, or do not support comprehensive policy compliance. However, all of the products we evaluated have mature vulnerability assessment functionality. Given this, IT security professionals should choose a vulnerability management product based on the more cutting-edge functionality, such as support for remediation and application-level scanning, rather than on traditional network and system vulnerability management functions.