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Qualys-powered online vulnerability scanning delivers scalable, up-to-date detection of security exposures
San Jose, Calif. — June 18, 2001 — Qualys™, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise network vulnerability assessment and monitoring solutions, today announced that its global vulnerability scanning platform has been selected by Predictive Systems, Inc., a leading network and security consulting firm, and Ubizen, a leading provider of e?Security solutions, as the online scanning platform for MasterCard International’s recently introduced Site Data Protection Service (SDP). The global reach of the Qualys platform, its scalability, and its ability to identify the latest security vulnerabilities will enable Predictive Systems and Ubizen to provide MasterCard’s members and merchants worldwide with accurate, proactive network security scanning services.
MasterCard’s SDP program will incorporate state-of-the-art, Internet-based scanning to identify and assess vulnerabilities in a member’s or merchant’s online systems. The Qualys-enabled scanning services provided by Predictive Systems and Ubizen will automatically perform more than 1000 vulnerability tests in real time over the Internet, without special customer software or hardware. Each Qualys-powered online scan results in an electronically delivered report that graphically details security risks and recommends possible fixes. In addition to providing an ‘intruder’s eye view’ of online security exposures, the Qualys platform is designed to promptly recognize new network vulnerabilities as soon as they emerge so that companies stay constantly abreast of the latest security challenges.
“Qualys offers impressive and sophisticated technology that provides true value to MasterCard’s members, merchants and cardholders,” said Steve Orfei, senior vice president, Business Development, Global e-Business, MasterCard International. “By aligning with cutting edge security and technology companies, we are able to combine our unique areas of expertise and deliver customized security solutions to our membership.”
“MasterCard had a demanding set of requirements for the security vulnerability scanning component of its SDP program,” said Errol Weiss, vice president of Managed Security Planning at Predictive Systems. “We selected QualysGuard as our solution for MasterCard because it gave us the manageability, security, and price-point that we needed to service thousands of merchants.”
“In making online security auditing a central feature of its new SDP program, MasterCard is empowering its acquirers and merchants to take a proactive stance against hackers,” said Dirk Peeters, EVP of Ubizen Managed Security Services. “By selecting the Qualys platform, we are able to support MasterCard with the industry’s first distributed global architecture for scalable, non-intrusive and up-to-date network vulnerability scanning.”
With Predictive Systems and Ubizen standardized on the Qualys platform, MasterCard members worldwide will be able to launch scans via a secure browser connection from any web-enabled location and access the same comprehensive range of scanning features to rapidly run non-intrusive vulnerability tests on any sized network. The hosted architecture enables Qualys to quickly expand its database of vulnerability detection signatures and provide customers with prompt signature updates without any user intervention. Real-time feeds from major sources of vulnerability information augment Qualys’ own vulnerability data for a comprehensive picture of emerging security exposures.
“MSPs such as Predictive Systems and Ubizen, and MasterCard, a leading payments solution company, are taking the lead in bringing new-generation security measures to an ever widening community of end users,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys. “Entirely Internet-based, online vulnerability scanning is the most cost-effective and efficient way for eBusiness players around the world to head off network security risks.”
Both Predictive Systems and Ubizen incorporate Qualys-powered online vulnerability scanning services today as part of their total security service offerings. These services are available to companies in a wide range of industries around the world. The MasterCard SDP program is expected to be available globally to MasterCard members by the fourth quarter of 2001.
About MasterCard International
MasterCard International has the most comprehensive portfolio of payment brands in the world. More than 1.7 billion MasterCard®, Cirrus® and Maestro® logos are present on credit, charge and debit cards in circulation today. An association comprised of more than 20,000 member financial institutions, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses, both large and small, in 210 countries and territories. MasterCard is the leader in quality and innovation, offering a wide range of payment solutions in the virtual and traditional worlds. MasterCard’s award-winning Priceless® advertising campaign is now seen in 81 countries and in more than 36 languages, giving the MasterCard brand reach and scope unrivaled by any competitor in the industry. With more than 21 million acceptance locations, no card is accepted in more places and by more merchants than the MasterCard Card. In 2000, gross dollar volume exceeded US$857 billion. MasterCard can be reached through its World Wide Web site at http://www.mastercard.com.
About Predictive Systems
Predictive Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRDS) is a network and security consulting firm providing solutions to support the business goals of multinational enterprises and service providers. Under its security umbrella, Predictive Systems offers such high-end services as managed firewalls and IDS, Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs), incident response and cyber-forensics, security assessments, and security architecture consulting. Predictive Systems’ clients include Allstate, American International General (AIG), Marsh, Bear Stearns, Cisco Systems, Citibank, Credit Suisse First Boston, First Union National Bank, and Pfizer. Headquartered in New York City, Predictive Systems has regional offices throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and the UK. For additional information, please contact Predictive Systems at 1-800-770-4958 or visit www.predictive.com.
Ubizen, a leading provider of e?Security solutions, allows companies worldwide to confidently conduct their business operations online. Ubizen MultiSecure®, a family of application security products, provides secure e-Business transactions and Web portal access. Ubizen OnlineGuardian, a family of managed security services, provides 24x7 proactive security surveillance of networks. Ubizen’s extensive Knowledge Management is made available through its portal site, www.securitywatch.com, an extensive online security resource, and through Ubizen’s Security Intelligence Lab, which collects, researches and disseminates information on vendor products, viruses and vulnerabilities. With operations in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia-Pacific, Ubizen (www.ubizen.com) is a public company with dual listings on Nasdaq Europe (UBIZ) and the Euronext (UBI) exchange.
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 www.qualys.com.
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