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New Qualys Patch Report Aligns IT Security With Operations

New Feature in QualysGuard Vulnerability Management Consolidates and Prioritises Security Patches Across Company Assets for Fast, Accurate Remediation of Vulnerabilities

Redwood City, Calif. - June 21, 2010 - Qualys®, Inc. the leading provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions, today announced Patch Report, a new feature in QualysGuard® Vulnerability Management to help customers quickly identify and implement patches to eliminate vulnerabilities in their IT environments. The new reporting feature provides users with actionable patching information for non-security staff such as system administrators and patch management system operators. It includes prioritised lists of patches that need to be applied to a selected set of assets in order to reduce risk, without applying unneeded redundant patches.

“We are excited about using the new QualysGuard Patch report because it will provide a useful tool that improves efficiency in vulnerability remediation and helps ensure that we are patching properly,” said Joe Bennett, director of information security for CredAbility, a nonprofit organisation offering credit counseling and education. “We do monthly reporting that tracks the remediation of detected vulnerabilities, and now with Patch Report, we can see exactly how many patches we pushed and how many vulnerabilities it remediated.”

The new QualysGuard Patch Report drives efficient remediation of vulnerabilities by:

  • Eliminating manual tasks and time spent looking through identified vulnerabilities and figuring out which patches will address each vulnerability, saving customers from redundant, unnecessary patching.
  • Providing accurate, easy-to-read reports with consolidated patching information for security or non-security staff (system administrators, patch management system operators, IT or operations staff).
  • Including a simple user interface that gives users the flexibility to create actionable patch reports sorted by host, patch, operating system or asset group. The user can dynamically filter this information to further reduce or increase the scope of the report.
  • Providing persistent search filters so anytime the user runs it, it generates the most up-to-date patch information based on recent scans and knowledgebase updates.

“Whereas security and operations teams tend to work in silos, vulnerability management is an area where these teams must work together to determine what needs to be patched, and patch quickly to secure IT environments and reduce the risk of service interruptions,” said Scott Crawford, research director for EMA. “Qualys Patch Report enables security professionals to provide operations staff with a clear, consolidated report of what patches to apply, increasing efficiency for both teams as they remediate possible threats to security.”

“At the request of our customers, we built this new Patch Report so they can provide their counterparts in operations with a meaningful, task-oriented, “out-of-the-box” remediation plan,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys.

Pricing and Availability
Available immediately, the new Patch Report feature is the latest enhancement to QualysGuard Vulnerability Management, the industry-leading vulnerability management solution used by more than 4,000 companies worldwide. QualysGuard Vulnerability Management automates the lifecycle of network auditing and vulnerability management across the enterprise, including network discovery and mapping, asset prioritisation, vulnerability assessment reporting and remediation tracking according to business risk, enabling companies to eliminate network and application vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. For more information, visit: https://www.qualys.com/products/qg_suite/vulnerability_management/

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 250million 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.

For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.

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