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Qualys File Integrity Monitoring (FIM).

Monitor integrity violations across global IT systems in real time.

Cloud solution for detecting and alerting on integrity violations of critical system files and registry objects


Deploying FIM via a cloud-based security and compliance platform allows enterprises to easily scale these efforts and take advantage of a consolidated security solution to achieve compliance on a global scale, while reducing the high costs of multiple point products.

Robert Ayoub Robert Ayoub Research Director, IDC

Qualys FIM Highlights

Preconfigured content

Deciding the monitoring scope is a challenge for the most compliance and security teams. Qualys FIM provides out-of-the-box monitoring profiles and automated incident generation that helps you to kick-start your monitoring efforts and comply with PCI-DSS Sections 10.5.5. and 11.5.

Robust, real-time change detection engine with threat intelligence

Qualys Cloud Agent continuously monitors the system files and registries specified in the monitoring profile and captures critical events which are sent to Qualys Cloud Platform where it enriches the event data with threat intelligence by adding Trusted Source and File Reputation context that control noise and prioritize events as either malicious or suspicious.

Scalable architecture that’s easy to manage

Qualys Cloud Platform allows you to scale to the largest environments, without having to purchase additional server software, hardware and storage. Performance impact on the endpoint is minimized by efficiently monitoring for changes using a real-time detection driver and sending the data to the Qualys Cloud Platform. That’s where all the heavy work of analysis and correlation occur. The Qualys Cloud Agent is self-updating and self-healing, keeping itself up to date with no need to reboot.

Unified security posture

Qualys Cloud Agent provides unified security capabilities for Qualys CyberSecurity Asset Management, Policy Compliance, Vulnerability Management Detection & Response and Endpoint Detection & Response within a single agent and console. Security analysts can leverage dynamic dashboards, interactive and saved searches, and widgets in Qualys’ Unified Dashboard to monitor changes. A native integration with Splunk as well as rich FIM APIs enable integration with your broader security stack.

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Efficiently track changes in environments of all sizes

Continuously monitor critical assets for changes across diverse cloud and on-premises environments of all sizes, including the largest ones. This is made possible by a unique combination of Qualys Cloud Agent technology, broad platform support, unparalleled scalability, and a powerful but easy to configure real-time monitoring engine.

Qualys File Integrity Management captures advanced insights into file changes, including the ‘who-data’ for the event i.e., the user and process responsible for the change along with other critical details like the name of the file, asset details and the exact timestamp.

  • Extensive platform coverage comprising a variety of Windows and Linux platforms.

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Qualys File Integrity Monitoring: All Events view | Qualys
  • Qualys FIM enriches the event data with threat intelligence by adding Trusted Source and File Reputation context that control noise and prioritize events.

    • Noise control: Trusted Source Status helps user easily identify the good changes due to patches and security updates and whitelist them.
    • Event prioritization: File Reputation Status helps users identify if the change on the system is malicious or suspicious.

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Qualys File Integrity Monitoring: Configuration - Library view | Qualys

Improve time to value with PCI DSS 'out-of-the-box' content​

Qualys’ in-house security analysts, with their deep insight and rich subject-matter expertise, provide out-of-the-box profiles to monitor highly critical files, registry objects, and actions. This helps you to kick-start your monitoring efforts and comply with PCI DSS (sections 10.5.5. and 11.5) and various other compliance standards such as NERC CIP (CIP 010), FISMA, SOX, NIST (SI7), HIPAA, CIS controls, and GDPR

Qualys File Integrity Monitoring: Configuration - Library view | Qualys
Qualys File Integrity Monitoring: Rule Details view | Qualys

Real-time alerting and automated incident management includes pre-configured queries for managing common, potentially unauthorized activities. The queries in the Qualys FIM Rule Library are created by Qualys’ team of security experts to provide you with a solution that’s intuitive and easy to implement. These queries can be used for creating rules for alerts and incidents. All you must do is import the queries from the library and use them to create correlation and alert rules.

Qualys File Integrity Monitoring: Rule Details view | Qualys
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  • Export to the ELK stack for further correlation: The FIM APIs are designed to enable easy custom integrations. The rich FIM API set produces data in well-defined and structured JSON format which can be easily exported to the ELK stack.

  • Report via native Splunk integration: The Qualys App for Splunk Enterprise with TA provides a dashboard for Qualys FIM events data. It pulls and indexes the data to produce dashboards and reports. The dashboard gives quick information bites on total changes, events by severity, and file and directory changes by change action. It also has widgets to show top changes by user, process, and operating system. You also have options to search for Qualys FIM events, ignored events, and incidents.

Qualys App for Splunk Enterprises | Qualys
Qualys File Integrity Monitoring: MITRE ATT&CK Dashboard example | Qualys
  • Innovative MITRE ATT&CK and NIST dashboards in Qualys FIM comprise several widgets specific to the techniques included in these frameworks that are populated with data as soon as any malicious activity is detected. Qualys FIM alerts on all unauthorized activities, making it a true FIM solution.

  • High focus on information security: Combined with MITRE ATT&CK assessment, the Qualys Cloud Platform meets the US Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate impact level, and the information security policies and procedures are aligned with the NIST controls.

Qualys File Integrity Monitoring: MITRE ATT&CK Dashboard example | Qualys

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Single-pane-of-glass UI

See the results in one place, in seconds. With AssetView, security and compliance pros and managers get a complete and continuously updated view of all IT assets — from a single dashboard interface. Its fully customizable and lets you see the big picture, drill down into details, and generate reports for teammates and auditors. Its intuitive and easy-to-build dynamic dashboards to aggregate and correlate all of your IT security and compliance data in one place from all the various Qualys Cloud Apps. With its powerful elastic search clusters, you can now search for any asset – on-premises, endpoints and all clouds – with 2-second visibility.

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’s single sign-on (SSO). Qualys supports SAML 2.0-based identity service providers.

Easy deployment

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

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.

See for yourself. Try Qualys FIM for free.

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