QUALYS SECURITY ALERT: Qualys Offers FREE Security Test for Potential July 6 Attacks

Jul 02, 2003, 01:00 ET from Qualys, Inc.

    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
     For additional information, please visit:  www.qualys.com/July6 or contact
 Qualys directly at support@qualys.com 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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