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Qualys Introduces Ground Breaking Free Malware Detection Service to Protect Web Sites from Malicious Activities and Prevent the Spread of Malware to Visitors

New Service Based on Advanced Behavioural Analysis is “Near Zero False Positive Rate” and Scales to Process Millions of URLs Daily

San Francisco, Calif. - March 1, 2010 - Qualys®, Inc., the leading provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions, today at RSA Conference USA 2010 (Booth# 1432) introduced a new free service, QualysGuard® Malware Detection, that proactively scans web sites of any size, anywhere in the world, for malware infections and threats. QualysGuard Malware Detection provides businesses with automated alerts and in-depth reporting for effective remediation of identified malware.

“Each day thousands of web sites are infected with malware and propagate the infection to visitors of their sites. Visitors rarely know that they are infected or that their personal information has been compromised,” said Avivah Litan, VP and distinguished analyst at Gartner, Inc. “Organisations and merchants that employ proactive measures for continuous malware threat monitoring will help limit the spread of malware infections and protect consumers on the Internet.”

QualysGuard Malware Detection protects web sites and their visitors by:

  • Conducting daily recurring scans that provide immediate insight into malware issues
  • Delivering automated alerts when malware is found
  • Identifying vulnerable code snippets for quick and easy removal of malware

QualysGuard Malware Detection minimises false positives to a near zero rate by utilising both static analysis and behavioural analysis to accurately identify malware while scanning. The static analysis identifies source code typically used in malicious attacks, including encoded JavaScript, web bugs, and character encoding inside of inline frames. Behavioural analysis identifies malicious behaviour that occurs upon visiting the site with an unpatched browser and operating system. It monitors the unpatched machine for suspicious behaviour, such as programs being installed and started or files being written to disk.

“We created QualysGuard Malware Detection as a way to fight against cybercrime and to make the Web a safer place for everyone,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys. “This is a comprehensive free solution that arms businesses of all sizes to monitor malware threats on their web sites and take steps to remediate vulnerabilities.”

QualysGuard Malware Detection scales to scan millions of web pages on a daily basis by using virtual machines with unpatched browsers and operating systems to identify suspicious behaviour on web pages.

Qualys today also announced the Qualys Go SECURE service with the Qualys SECURE seal to allow businesses of all sizes to demonstrate to online customers that they are taking proactive steps in identifying and remediating malware and other security threats from their web sites.

Available today in Beta, QualysGuard Malware Detection is a free service. To sign up for this service, please visit Qualys is debuting this service on March 1st at 7 pm within its booth # 1432 at RSA, all is press and media are invited to attend the live premier of this service.

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc. is the leading provider of on demand IT security risk andcompliance management solutions – delivered as a service. Qualys’Software-as-a-Service solutions are deployed in a matter of hours anywhere inthe world, providing customers an immediate and continuous view of theirsecurity and compliance postures.

The QualysGuard® service is used today by more than 4,000 organizations in 85countries, including 42 of the Fortune Global 100 and performs more than 500 million IP audits per year. Qualys has the largest vulnerability managementdeployment in the world at a Fortune Global 50 company.

Qualys has established strategic agreements with leading managed serviceproviders and consulting organizations including BT, Etisalat, Fujitsu, IBM,I(TS)2, LAC, NTT, SecureWorks, Symantec, Tata Communications and TELUS.

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