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Qualys Introduces Free Network Discovery Service

Former White House Advisor Richard Clarke Inaugurates New Security Service at Qualys CSO Forum in Boston

Qualys CSO Forum - Boston, MA — May 19, 2003 — Qualys™, Inc., the market leader of on-demand security audits and vulnerability management, today introduced Qualys FreeMap™, a free Web-based network discovery service enabling companies to easily identify all network entry points and devices that should be secured from attacks. Qualys FreeMap is available immediately via any Web browser by registering at http://freemap.qualys.com. Former White House Advisor Richard Clarke inaugurated the new Web-based security service today at the Qualys CSO Forum in Boston.

“In today’s highly charged security environment, one rogue device or one insecure access point can open an enterprise network to devastating security risks. Knowing where those weaknesses are in the network is the first step to protection,” said Richard Clarke, former special advisor to the president for cyber-security. “I applaud Qualys’ efforts to bring powerful new services that drive widespread awareness for network security. The fact that it’s free makes it even more accessible to enterprises.”

Corporate CSOs gathered with Clarke, IDC analyst Allan Carey, and other industry experts to explore the security risks threatening corporate America, and the practices and policies helping drive protection. In the wake of new federal regulations, such as HIPAA, GLBA and Sarbanes-Oxley, and with the growing severity of network security attacks, CSOs across all industries are actively employing new methods to enforce security policies, comply with regulations and ensure remediation of network vulnerabilities.

“Today’s enterprise networks are highly complex, with multiple points of entry such as wireless access, VPN connectivity and more. Security administrators are seeking effective tools to identify all of these entry points and manage any vulnerabilities they uncover,” said Allan Carey, senior security analyst at IDC and moderator at the Qualys CSO Forum. “Qualys’ On-Demand platform and the FreeMap service give organizations a way to understand their network composition, monitor all entry points, perform regular security audits and resolve potential problems - all without the time and resource burden of installing traditional software and hardware products.”

Qualys FreeMap leverages Qualys’ On-Demand Network Security platform, which provides organizations with an automated way to perform regular security audits, vulnerability management and remediation.

“Our job as an industry is to provide the services that help organizations quickly and easily audit their security status and take proactive measures to protect their network,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. “FreeMap is a simple, but powerful way to help CSOs gain control of their network. With the growing severity of security threats and the need for regulatory compliance, these types of tools are becoming even more critical.”

About Qualys FreeMap
Qualys FreeMap is a Web-based network discovery service enabling companies to identify all network entry points and devices that should be secured from attacks, such as Web servers, routers, VPN servers and wireless access points. The service allows users to find all connected devices in a given domain, gather information about those devices such as their operating system, and create a topographical map of the network. Qualys FreeMap also queries DNS records to identify obsolete and rogue devices within a given domain. The service is then able to catalog and visually represent the network topology on a regular basis enabling changes to be tracked and analyzed as they occur. The FreeMap service also provides users with a one-time vulnerability scan delivering a comprehensive security audit report in minutes. Qualys FreeMap is a free service available immediately via any Web browser by registering at http://freemap.qualys.com.

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 www.qualys.com.


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