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Qualys Context XDR
(Extended Detection & Response)

Bringing context and clarity to enterprise security operations with Qualys Context XDR


Cybersecurity operators need risk awareness to prioritize the alerts, incidents, and threats bombarding our teams. Many SIEM / XDR solutions deliver data and expect us to make sense of it. True telemetry is more than data. Providing meaningful context and actionable insights is the ultimate goal. Next-gen tech like Qualys gives us insights faster.

Vishal Salvi John Ayers Vice President of Advanced Detection at Optiv

A new risk centric approach to eXtended Detection and Response

Too often XDR and SIEM solutions are difficult to implement, rely on complex integrations, and place undue burdens on the SOC. Understanding the enterprise’s risk posture, so crucial in security operations, is rarely a native capability of most solutions, and instead is bolted on as an afterthought. The same holds true for asset criticality when trying to analyze the potential business impact of threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits.

Qualys Context XDR solves these challenges by providing a risk focused, single pane of glass for enterprise-wide threat detection and incident response. This provides visibility, contextual priority, and meaningful insights about the assets that allow teams to quickly make the most impactful decisions for enhanced protection.

Qualys Context XDR provides clarity through context by bringing together:

  • Risk Posture
    Qualys Context XDR goes beyond simple OS patch to CVE mapping to include third-party apps, misconfiguration impact, and end-of-life awareness for a complete picture of your risk posture.
  • Asset Criticality
    Policy-driven criticality assignments evolve dynamically with the asset’s current state to deliver the security and business context needed prioritize high-value assets in real time.
  • Threat Intelligence
    Qualys is a proven leader in threat intelligence and this award-winning research drives Qualys Context XDR’s detection logic and correction content feed.
  • Third-Party Data
    Using the Qualys Cloud Agent combined with cloud-based and on premises sensors, Qualys Context XDR gathers up-to-the-second log and telemetry data from your enterprise’s third-party solutions. This is then correlated against known attack patterns to create high fidelity alerts.

Context = Clarity

Qualys Context XDR: Context = Clarity | Qualys

Faster Time to Value with Unified Data in Qualys Cloud Platform

Qualys Context XDR leverages the same lightweight Qualys Cloud Agent used by other Qualys solutions like EDR, VMDR, CSAM, and FIM. It ingests real-time telemetry into the highly scalable Qualys Cloud Data Lake which is then analyzed to produce actionable alerts.

Qualys Cloud Platform: Configuration Profile Editor | Qualys
Qualys Cloud Platform: VMDR Prioritization | Qualys

Continuous risk assessment and asset criticality assignment

Traditional XDR/SIEMs lack native tools for tracking open vulnerabilities, misconfigurations and missing patches and instead rely on externally bolted on data of questionable age and accuracy. Asset criticality is either manually assigned or added as a bolt-on. Qualys Context XDR leverages the Qualys Cloud Platform and continuously assesses endpoint risk for exploits available in the wild, as well as exploitable security misconfigurations. Asset criticality is assigned dynamically based on real time asset status to ensure responders can properly prioritize response where it matters most.

  • Provides continuous detection of vulnerabilities and automatically prioritizes them based on their threat indicators, such as zero days, high data loss, lateral movements, available exploits, malware family mapping, and more.

  • Real time asset criticality is assigned based on current status that evolves with the enterprise. Your enterprise is dynamic, shouldn’t your tools reflect that?

  • Continuous assessment of misconfigurations provides visibility into weak security hygiene areas.

  • Discover and monitor endpoints with missing patches, end-of-life or unauthorized software for malicious behavior.

Qualys Cloud Platform: VMDR Prioritization | Qualys
Qualys Context XDR: Threat Management - Threat Hunting tab | Qualys

MITRE ATT&CK™-driven threat hunting and analytics

The MITRE Enterprise Adversarial Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) framework is a curated knowledge base and a model for cyber-adversary behavior that reflects the various phases of the attack lifecycle, and the platforms attackers are known to target.

Qualys Context XDR provides in-house researched detections and enrichments from other Qualys apps as well as native integration of threat intelligence feeds from leading third-party sources.

  • Out-of-the-box MITRE driven signals track advisory behavior in your environment on a continuous basis, such as highlighting OS credential dumping attacks that have occurred in last 24 hours.

  • Includes a comprehensive library of in-house researched detections based on MITRE techniques for malicious behavior mapping, threat hunting and threat intelligence.

  • Through native integration with Qualys EDR, malicious attack path visualization is provided through process tree graphs, providing valuable insights into process details, scoring and other enrichments. Remediation actions such as killing processes and quarantining or deleting files are provided through this same intuitive interface.

Qualys Context XDR: Threat Management - Threat Hunting tab | Qualys
Qualys Context XDR: Threat Management - Events tab | Qualys

Qualys Cloud Data Lake for threat hunting and policy compliance

In addition to threat hunting, PCI, SOX, and other compliance frameworks require organizations to maintain historical logs for critical systems. The Qualys Cloud Data Lake, which can expand to any size or retention required, is the perfect complement to customers using Qualys Policy Compliance, File Integrity Monitoring modules and PCI scanning services.

  • Quickly search historical records for newly discovered indicators of attack to determine the organization’s exposure to previously unknown stealth attacks.

  • Provide unified audit reports from Qualys’ unified single cloud console for regular PCI, SOX and other compliance audits including benchmark audit results, vulnerability management history, file integrity monitoring and monitored critical logs.

Qualys Context XDR: Threat Management - Events tab | Qualys

Why Choose Qualys Context XDR

Faster Time to Value

  • With a few mouse clicks, begin pulling rich endpoint telemetry using the lightweight Qualys Cloud agent that enables all Qualys Cloud Platform technologies.

Single cloud portal

  • Not just a collection of tools that use a single agent; seamless workflows built on tight integration and the Qualys Cloud Platform enables limitless scalability

Risk Posture Awareness

  • No other vendor has a deeper understanding of risk management than Qualys. Our research team not only tracks the latest vulnerabilities and exploits but discovers new vulnerabilities like PWNKIT and others.

Dynamically Assigned Business Impact Criticality

  • Dynamically assigned tagging-based criticality adapts and updates criticality in real time based on current asset status to instantly determine the potential business impact of alerts to focus where it counts.

MITRE ATT&CK baked into XDR’s DNA

  • All Context XDR Threat Intelligence is mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK framework for at a glance attack life cycle categorization.

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Easy deployment

Deploy from a public or private cloud — fully managed by Qualys. With Qualys, there are no servers to provision, no software to install, and no databases to maintain. You always have the latest Qualys features available through your browser, without setting up special client software or VPN connections.

Centralized & customized

Centralize discovery of host assets for multiple types of assessments. Organize host asset groups to match the structure of your business. Keep security data private with our end-to-end encryption and strong access controls. You can centrally manage users’ access to their Qualys accounts through your enterprise single sign-on (SSO). Qualys supports SAML 2.0-based identity service providers.

Scalable and extensible

Scale up globally, on demand. Integrate with other systems via extensible XML-based APIs. You can use Qualys with a broad range of security and compliance systems, such as GRC, ticketing systems, SIEM, ERM, and IDS.

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