Product comparison: Lynis VS Nessus

In this article we do a comparison of Tenable Nessus and Lynis from CISOfy. We look at the features, their goals and where they can be compared or differ.


Professionals ask us often how Lynis is different than Tenable Nessus. As the original author of Lynis, let me address that very interesting question. Different goal Nessus is focused on vulnerability scanning, or in other words, finding weaknesses in you environment. The huge amount of plugins and their actions show that this is the primary focus. Along the way it started to implement others services, like compliance checking. Lynis also detects vulnerabilities, but that is not its main goal.