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Qualys Gives Companies the Inside Story for Network Security

— September 30, 2002 — Qualys, the leader in Managed Vulnerability Assessment, today introduces its new QualysGuard Intranet Scanner, providing security audits and network mapping inside the corporate firewall. The Intranet Scanner is a network appliance that enables companies to scan internal hosts, servers, and devices and alert network managers to vulnerabilities and internal threats.

The QualysGuard Intranet Scanner is the first solution for vulnerability assessment that gives administrators automated, web-based audit capabilities for internal networks. The service provides the “inside” perspective visible to internal hackers and disgruntled employees and enables enterprises to identify and remedy vulnerabilities that can be exploited by these groups from inside the firewall. To detect and resolve vulnerabilities, QualysGuard assesses each system against its proprietary knowledge base, which is updated daily as new vulnerabilities emerge. The Intranet Scanner functions as an extended and integrated part of the QualysGuard Managed Vulnerability Assessment infrastructure.

“With the widespread adoption of wireless access points and VPNs, internal threats now pose an even greater risk to the corporate network,” states Richard Stiennon, research director, Gartner Inc. “Scanning for vulnerabilities inside the firewall will be essential to keeping a network safe from internally-launched attacks, and a key consideration for most companies will be the integration of vulnerability management both inside and outside the firewall. Companies are looking for solutions that are integrated, comprehensive and easy to deploy.”

“Now, in addition to helping us manage our Internet security, Qualys has solved the challenge of cost-effectively automating the vulnerability assessment process inside the firewall with its Intranet Scanner appliance,” said Deefay Young, senior network security analyst, Adobe Systems. “It’s a snap to install, requires no maintenance or special skills to operate, and is constantly up-to-date with the latest vulnerability signatures. Qualys has taken extreme measures to ensure security at the box, at the network connection, and during data uploads/downloads.”

Qualys will be demonstrating the QualysGuard Intranet Scanner at the RSA Conference in Paris, 7th-10th October 2002. Qualys is located at booth number 118/119. The QualysGuard Intranet Scanner will be available to customers from 15th October 2002.

About the QualysGuard Intranet Scanner

With the QualysGuard Intranet Scanner, customers can run unlimited vulnerability audits from any Web browser, as well as visually map network topology and create customised reports with trend analysis. The scanner provides a proprietary, expert systems-based interface engine for network discovery and security analysis, as well as automatic updates with the latest vulnerability signatures, and remote maintenance and system health checks that require no user intervention.

The QualysGuard Intranet Scanner appliance is a compact, stand-alone or rack mountable 1U-chassis appliance capable of scanning 5000 devices per day. This headless appliance requires no external keyboard or monitor for configuration and operation. The device is configured through an integrated keypad and LCD panel interface, and is hardened to provide complete security to its environment.

About Qualys

With more than 2,000 subscribers ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, Qualys has become the leader in on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance. The company allows security managers to strengthen the security of their networks effectively, conduct automated security audits and ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations. Qualys’ on demand technology offers customers significant economic advantages, requiring no capital outlay or infrastructure to deploy and manage. Its distributed scanning capabilities and unprecedented scalability make it ideal for large, distributed organisations. Hundreds of large companies have deployed Qualys on a global scale, including AXA, DuPont, Hershey Foods, ICI Ltd, Novartis, Sodexho, Standard Chartered Bank and many others. Qualys is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with European offices in France, Germany and the U.K., and Asian representatives in Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea and the Republic of China. For more information, please visit

Qualys, the Qualys logo and QualysGuard are proprietary trademarks of Qualys, Inc. All other products or names may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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