NV: Nessus Vulnerability Visualization for the Web

Lane Harrison
October 11, 2012 - 12:30 PM
Woodward 130
Refreshments will be served. Abstract: This talk describes nv, a web-based vulnerability analysis visualization. Network vulnerability is a critical component of network security, yet vulnerability analysis has received relatively little attention from the security visualization community. Nv utilizes treemaps and linked histograms to allow security analysts and systems administrators to discover, analyze, and manage vulnerabilities on their networks. In addition to visualizing single Nessus scans, nv supports the analysis of sequential scans by showing which vulnerabilities have been fixed, remain open, or are newly discovered. Nv operates completely in-browser, to avoid sending sensitive data to outside servers. We discuss the design of nv, as well as provide case studies demonstrating vulnerability analysis workflows which include a multiple-node testbed and data from the 2011 VAST Challenge.