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Qualys Web Application Scanning Cloud Service (WAS) Takes the Gold in 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for Application Security

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., October 14, 2013 – Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, today announced that QualysGuard WAS won the 2013 Information Security™ Magazine (ISM) and™ Reader’s Choice Award for Application Security. The eighth annual Readers’ Choice Awards surveyed Information Security readers, asking for their votes and ratings on top security products in 19 categories, with participants asked to only vote on the products in use in their environments. The QualysGuard WAS cloud service was rated the highest in the Application Security category for helping enterprises identify and remediate issues before attackers can find and exploit them.

As businesses and individuals rely more and more on Internet communication to conduct their business and their daily lives, securing web applications is critical and a very challenging task; web applications pop up rapidly, come from many different sources and are constantly changing. Companies therefore need to continuously monitor their web applications to identify vulnerabilities and ensure their remediation.

“Web application security is now a problem of scale as web applications have proliferated along with the number of attacks targeting them. Now corporations have thousands of web applications to deal with and secure from cyber attacks,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys. “We are proud to see QualysGuard WAS receive the 2013 ISM Reader’s Choice Award for Application Security, and we would like to thank our customers and partners who have been instrumental in helping us build such a scalable solution. Our cloud architecture has allowed us to deliver customers an accurate, easy-to-use, cost-effective web application scanning solution, and as a result we are seeing significant momentum in its adoption.”

As noted on, the QualysGuard WAS cloud service enables the continuous discovery and cataloging of web applications in use within an organisation both on-premise and in the cloud. Then QualysGuard WAS assesses each application’s security status, identifies design flaws, unpatched holes and malware and spins out a comprehensive report that security and DevOps teams can use to prioritise and address remediation efforts. The product also offers a variety of APIs so that scan data can be provided to other security and compliance systems.

According to, Qualys readers “lauded the ease with which the product can be implemented.”

In addition Qualys is significantly expanding its capabilities of securing web applications with a Web Application Firewall service (WAF), now in beta, that allows organisations to firewall vulnerabilities automatically before they are remediated. Qualys is also working on delivering a Cloud Web Application Log Analysis and a Remediation/Exploit console that will be available in beta in Q1 of next year.

QualysGuard Vulnerability Management was also named the Silver winner in Vulnerability Management in The 2013 ISM Readers Choice Awards. To see the full article on the winners, visit:

About QualysGuard Web Application Scanning
QualysGuard Web Application Scanning, or QualysGuard WAS, uses the scalability of the QualysGuard Cloud Platform to allow customers to discover, catalog and scan a large number of web applications. QualysGuard WAS scans and analyses custom web applications and identifies vulnerabilities that threaten underlying databases or bypass access controls. These web applications are often the main attack vectors for cyber attackers.

About QualysGuard Vulnerability Management
QualysGuard Vulnerability Management, or QualysGuard VM, is an industry leading and award-winning solution that automates network auditing and vulnerability management across an organisation, including network discovery and mapping, asset management, vulnerability reporting and remediation tracking. Driven by Qualys’ comprehensive KnowledgeBase of known vulnerabilities, QualysGuard VM enables cost-effective protection against vulnerabilities without substantial resource deployment.

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About Qualys Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions with over 6,000 customers in more than 100 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. The QualysGuard Cloud Platform and integrated suite of solutions help organisations simplify security operations and lower the cost of compliance by delivering critical security intelligence on demand and automating the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications. Founded in 1999, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading managed service providers and consulting organisations, including Accuvant, BT, Dell SecureWorks, Fujitsu, NTT, Symantec, Verizon, and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

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