Qualys Introduces First Network Vulnerability Assessment Platform for Managed Security and Consulting Organizations

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Qualys, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualys, Inc., a leading provider
 of enterprise network vulnerability assessment and monitoring solutions, today
 unveiled the first web-hosted, global vulnerability scanning platform for
 Managed Security Providers (MSPs) and other security professionals looking to
 provide proactive network security auditing services.  The announcement was
 made at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.
     "The Qualys platform extends the value of what managed security experts
 bring to their clientele, which is enabling companies to focus on their core
 businesses instead of worrying about security issues," Charles Kolodgy,
 Research Manager at International Data Corporation (IDC). "A particularly
 strong point for Qualys is that when a company outsources its network scanning
 via the Qualys platform, the vulnerability reports are encrypted and are
 visible only to the end-customer, so there is no dilution of trust."
     Qualys enables businesses to continuously audit their networks via the
 Internet to detect security vulnerabilities and assess risks. The company has
 now extended its platform to provide the only global scanning infrastructure
 that enables MSPs to quickly build online vulnerability assessment and
 monitoring services into their security offerings. The new-generation platform
 includes (1) a distributed global architecture on which to base scalable
 scanning services, (2) an open application programming interface (API) for
 rapid integration, and (3) a significant expansion of audit capabilities
 including scanning of custom applications for Internet security holes.
     Services leveraging the Qualys platform enable customers to benefit from
 an intruder's eye view' of their network security exposures. Qualys-based
 services quickly and accurately locate vulnerabilities across any sized
 network (inside and outside of firewalls), assess their severity, and provide
 real-time alerts and suggested fixes in an easily understood graphical format.
 There is nothing for users to deploy or learn, and they can scan granularly to
 discover only those things they need to discover at a given time-such as
 application-level vulnerabilities, or who's downloading MP3 files onto
 corporate PCs.
     Already embraced by such leading security service providers as
 eSecurityOnline, Global Integrity and Ubizen, the new-generation Qualys
 platform is the only platform to support "modular scanning." This capability,
 based on Qualys' multithreaded inference engine, accelerates the speed of
 scans as well as MSPs' time to market. Unlike traditional scanning engines,
 the inference engine does not require a logic tree. Instead it deduces which
 scans to trigger. The end results of having such a slim, stable and Internet
 bandwidth-friendly engine include the ability to perform more tests in less
 time, perform closely focused scans, and rapidly build highly targeted
 scanning modules to meet particular end user needs.
     "The implementation of the Qualys scanning engine into eSO Scan gives us
 the opportunity to scan networks against our knowledgebase of over
 3,000 vulnerabilities-limited previously to 700 or 800 vulnerabilities with
 other scanning tools," said Robin Hutchinson, CEO for eSecurityOnline LLC, an
 Ernst & Young LLP Company. "The Qualys platform clears the way for branded and
 unique security services to proactively scan and assess worldwide networks
 remotely, via the Internet."
     "Network security is not a product nor a service-it is a process," said
 Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys. "By delivering a global scanning
 infrastructure and providing security professionals the means to leverage that
 infrastructure through value added services, Qualys will greatly enhance the
 security process and help transform the way network security is managed."
 
     Pricing and availability
     The Qualys platform is live and fully functional now. QualysGuard
 subscriptions start at $1,995 per IP per year for one IP address. Volume
 discounts apply to MSPs. Prices for traveling licenses for security
 consultants start at $15,000 per consultant (unlimited IP addresses, unlimited
 customers, 6 scans per IP address per year).
 
     About Qualys, Inc.
     Qualys, Inc. is a leading provider of network assessment and monitoring
 solutions, enabling Managed Security Providers, security professionals and
 corporate customers to remotely and automatically audit Internet-connected
 networks for security vulnerabilities. Where traditional security monitoring
 products require customers to buy, develop and manage solutions internally,
 Qualys' service platform approach enables immediate, transparent and
 continuous security auditing and risk assessment of global networks, inside
 and outside the firewall. Founded in 1999 by a team of Internet security
 experts, Qualys is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with research and
 development facilities in Paris and offices in Germany and the U.K. The
 company is privately financed by ABS Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners,
 Trident Capital, and VeriSign, the leading provider of Internet trust
 services. For more information about Qualys, please visit www.qualys.com.
 
 

SOURCE Qualys, Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Qualys, Inc., a leading provider
 of enterprise network vulnerability assessment and monitoring solutions, today
 unveiled the first web-hosted, global vulnerability scanning platform for
 Managed Security Providers (MSPs) and other security professionals looking to
 provide proactive network security auditing services.  The announcement was
 made at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.
     "The Qualys platform extends the value of what managed security experts
 bring to their clientele, which is enabling companies to focus on their core
 businesses instead of worrying about security issues," Charles Kolodgy,
 Research Manager at International Data Corporation (IDC). "A particularly
 strong point for Qualys is that when a company outsources its network scanning
 via the Qualys platform, the vulnerability reports are encrypted and are
 visible only to the end-customer, so there is no dilution of trust."
     Qualys enables businesses to continuously audit their networks via the
 Internet to detect security vulnerabilities and assess risks. The company has
 now extended its platform to provide the only global scanning infrastructure
 that enables MSPs to quickly build online vulnerability assessment and
 monitoring services into their security offerings. The new-generation platform
 includes (1) a distributed global architecture on which to base scalable
 scanning services, (2) an open application programming interface (API) for
 rapid integration, and (3) a significant expansion of audit capabilities
 including scanning of custom applications for Internet security holes.
     Services leveraging the Qualys platform enable customers to benefit from
 an intruder's eye view' of their network security exposures. Qualys-based
 services quickly and accurately locate vulnerabilities across any sized
 network (inside and outside of firewalls), assess their severity, and provide
 real-time alerts and suggested fixes in an easily understood graphical format.
 There is nothing for users to deploy or learn, and they can scan granularly to
 discover only those things they need to discover at a given time-such as
 application-level vulnerabilities, or who's downloading MP3 files onto
 corporate PCs.
     Already embraced by such leading security service providers as
 eSecurityOnline, Global Integrity and Ubizen, the new-generation Qualys
 platform is the only platform to support "modular scanning." This capability,
 based on Qualys' multithreaded inference engine, accelerates the speed of
 scans as well as MSPs' time to market. Unlike traditional scanning engines,
 the inference engine does not require a logic tree. Instead it deduces which
 scans to trigger. The end results of having such a slim, stable and Internet
 bandwidth-friendly engine include the ability to perform more tests in less
 time, perform closely focused scans, and rapidly build highly targeted
 scanning modules to meet particular end user needs.
     "The implementation of the Qualys scanning engine into eSO Scan gives us
 the opportunity to scan networks against our knowledgebase of over
 3,000 vulnerabilities-limited previously to 700 or 800 vulnerabilities with
 other scanning tools," said Robin Hutchinson, CEO for eSecurityOnline LLC, an
 Ernst & Young LLP Company. "The Qualys platform clears the way for branded and
 unique security services to proactively scan and assess worldwide networks
 remotely, via the Internet."
     "Network security is not a product nor a service-it is a process," said
 Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys. "By delivering a global scanning
 infrastructure and providing security professionals the means to leverage that
 infrastructure through value added services, Qualys will greatly enhance the
 security process and help transform the way network security is managed."
 
     Pricing and availability
     The Qualys platform is live and fully functional now. QualysGuard
 subscriptions start at $1,995 per IP per year for one IP address. Volume
 discounts apply to MSPs. Prices for traveling licenses for security
 consultants start at $15,000 per consultant (unlimited IP addresses, unlimited
 customers, 6 scans per IP address per year).
 
     About Qualys, Inc.
     Qualys, Inc. is a leading provider of network assessment and monitoring
 solutions, enabling Managed Security Providers, security professionals and
 corporate customers to remotely and automatically audit Internet-connected
 networks for security vulnerabilities. Where traditional security monitoring
 products require customers to buy, develop and manage solutions internally,
 Qualys' service platform approach enables immediate, transparent and
 continuous security auditing and risk assessment of global networks, inside
 and outside the firewall. Founded in 1999 by a team of Internet security
 experts, Qualys is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with research and
 development facilities in Paris and offices in Germany and the U.K. The
 company is privately financed by ABS Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners,
 Trident Capital, and VeriSign, the leading provider of Internet trust
 services. For more information about Qualys, please visit www.qualys.com.
 
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