How to open and work with (dot) Nessus 5 Reports in Excel 2010

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I have been working to find a functional way to quickly move from a completed Nessus scan into excel without a lot of trouble. The goal of bringing the files into Nessus is to make the data more usable and more report friendly. I wanted to avoid messing with transforming the original XML data into csv or even digging through the XML data to chop parts out.

The following assumes you are just using a single report or multiple reports you have consolidated using my previous post regarding consolidating multiple Nessus scans into a single XML file. The purpose of this post is to walk you through the steps to achieve the following:

  1. Import an already downloaded/saved .Nessus or .Nessus.XML file into Excel 2010
  2. Perform some simple changes to the table to make the data useful for further analysis and reporting.
  3. Create some simple charts using the data you have mined out of the overall total report.
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