Novel Integration with Open Source Selenium Engine Enables Organisations to Automate Scanning of Web Applications with Complex Authentication
Redwood City, Calif., - December 6, 2011 - Qualys®, Inc., the leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) IT security risk and compliance management solutions, today announced a new release of QualysGuard Web Application Scanning (WAS) 2.1 that integrates with Selenium to help companies further automate scanning of web applications with complex authentication.
One of the challenges of dynamic application security testing (DAST) is the ability to successfully authenticate the application during a scan. QualysGuard WAS 2.1 uniquely addresses this challenge with support for Selenium scripts, which expands the ability of WAS 2.1 to perform authenticated web application scans and identify vulnerabilities. The Selenium plug-in (http://seleniumhq.org/projects/ide/) enables users to record their browser actions and save them as scripts that can then be replayed at a later time. Through its use of Selenium, WAS 2.1 can effectively scan web applications that require complex authentication with multi-step login processes.
“As financially-motivated attackers have shifted their focus to applications, Web application security has become a top priority. However, the responsibility for web application security cannot rest solely with information security,” said Neil MacDonald, vice president and Gartner fellow. “Enterprises should evaluate how to identify vulnerabilities in Web applications earlier in the development process as transparently as possible using web application security testing products or services.”
Qualys worked with enterprise customers such as Daimler AG to identify the best solution to record and play back complex authentication sequences required by some web applications. Daimler and other enterprise customers typically use the Selenium tool to record and play back user actions in a browser for testing web applications. By integrating the ability to play back Selenium scripts into the QualysGuard Web application scanner, Qualys has leveraged the technology and expertise that are already supported by enterprise customers to offer a powerful new way to perform authenticated scanning.
“While we now identify and eliminate vulnerabilities on network devices efficiently, this is not the case for web applications which have become the primary target of cyber-attacks,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys. “With the integration of the Selenium engine with our QualysGuard cloud-based web application scanner, we can now allow corporations and security consulting organisations to fully automate the discovery of vulnerabilities on web applications.”
In addition to Selenium support, QualysGuard WAS 2.1 provides key features including:
Pricing and Availability
QualysGuard WAS 2.1 is available immediately for U.S. customers and will be available for EU customers on December 15th, 2011. It is sold as annual subscriptions based on the number of web applications, and includes 24x7 support and full updates.
For more information about QualysGuard WAS, please visit the Qualys Community at: https://community.qualys.com/community/qualysguard/was.
Qualys, Inc. is the leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) IT security risk and compliance management solutions. Qualys solutions are deployed in a matter of hours anywhere in the world, providing customers an immediate and continuous view of their security and compliance postures.
The QualysGuard® service is used today by more than 5,000 organisations in 85 countries, including 50 of the Fortune 100, and performs more than 500 million IP audits per year. Qualys has the largest vulnerability management deployment in the world at a leading global company, and has been recognised by leading industry analysts for its market leadership. Qualys was recently named Best Security Company in the Excellence Awards category of the 2011 SC Awards U.S.
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