REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualys(TM), Inc., the market leader of on-demand security audits and vulnerability management, today announced it is offering a free security test to companies concerned about the reported hacker attacks predicted for July 6, 2003. The free QualysGuard(TM) security test allows companies to detect and eliminate the vulnerabilities that can be exploited. It can be accessed at www.qualys.com/July6. Hackers plan to attack thousands of Web sites in a loosely coordinated "contest" that could disrupt Internet traffic. The winner will be the first person or team to deface 6,000 sites, or whoever has defaced the most sites within the six hour time period. The New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination has issued a warning for state agencies to take simple steps such as changing default passwords, removing unused sample applications from production servers and backing up servers. QualysGuard has detected the vulnerabilities that can be exploited by this potential attack and offers one-click links to verified remedies to QualysGuard users. The free QualysGuard security test audits a wide range of servers and specifically reports on the vulnerabilities that can be exploited by such attacks to ensure that you are protected against them. "It is critical for everyone on the Internet to take immediate action by identifying and fixing their vulnerable systems," said Gerhard Eschelbeck, Chief Technology Officer of Qualys. "Qualys' dedicated security research team constantly monitors various sources of vulnerability intelligence and can help organization be better prepared for these types of attacks." Because QualysGuard is a globally distributed Web service available 24x7, Qualys customers are instantly and automatically alerted to new vulnerabilities without having to download any software or updates. IT managers avoid the time- and cost-intensive burden of vulnerability detection; instead, they can focus on fixing security issues and improving network reliability. For additional information, please visit: www.qualys.com/July6 or contact Qualys directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-801-6161. About QualysGuard QualysGuard is the only fully automated Web security auditing and vulnerability management solution for the enterprise. QualysGuard's proprietary inference-based methodology assures accurate and complete security auditing and vulnerability management and remediation, outside and inside the firewall. With an unparalleled KnowledgeBase of over 2800 vulnerabilities, QualysGuard continuously and proactively audits all network systems and access points for the widest range of security threats -- before hackers, worms and viruses can exploit them. The QualysGuard solution dramatically reduces security administrators' time researching, scanning and fixing network exposures and eliminates the cost and maintenance associated with traditional hardware and software solutions.
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