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Qualys Awarded Checkmark PREMIUM Certification for Vulnerability Assessment

QualysGuard Receives Top Marks for Accuracy, Reporting and Speed

Redwood City, CA - April 25, 2006 - Qualys, Inc., the leading provider of on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance solutions, today announced that its on demand vulnerability management service, QualysGuard, has received the Checkmark PREMIUM Certification for accurately detecting 100 percent of critical vulnerabilities seamlessly and effortlessly.

The Checkmark PREMIUM certification is another measurement of the accuracy of the software as a service model for enterprise security. Today, QualysGuard delivers 99.93% uptime with Six Sigma quality, or less than 3.4 defects per every million scans.

West Coast Labs tested QualysGuard using a methodology that recreates a real-world customer experience. In the test, QualysGuard demonstrated the ability to accurately identify a variety of critical and non-critical server vulnerabilities. The network set up by West Coast Labs was comprised of 24 distinct hosts, including routers, managed switches, network servers and client matches. Products were tested and assessed on the following criteria:

  • The ease of deployment of the solution
  • The number of vulnerabilities correctly identified in each class
  • The completeness of the report, including identification of any network changes made
  • The clarity of presentation of the findings
  • The clarity of advice on remediation

“The quality of scans and the subsequent remediation advice is paramount for vulnerability management solutions, and QualysGuard delivers. QualysGuard detected all of the critical and nearly all of the serious vulnerabilities with ease, achieving the Checkmark PREMIUM certification,” said Chris Thomas, operations director for West Coast Labs. “From design to user interaction, QualysGuard offers everything necessary for the user to improve its network security in a very short time.”

Qualys’ software as a service model brings the speed, accuracy, breadth of functionality and cost-effectiveness of the on demand model to enterprise security. QualysGuard enables organizations to assess and manage business risk, by giving users an automated way to map global assets, identify vulnerabilities on their networks, prioritize remediation according to business risk and ensure regulatory compliance—with no infrastructure to deploy or manage.

“By standardizing the process to quickly identify, organize and remediate network vulnerabilities, companies can better measure security, manage risk and ensure compliance,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, Inc. “The Checkmark PREMIUM Certification is further validation of the quality and effectiveness of Qualys’ on demand model. We continue to hear from our customers that they are looking for best of breed solutions that businesses can easily deploy and integrate without the cost and complexities associated with traditional enterprise software.”

For more information or to download the independent technology report from West Coast Labs, please visit https://www.qualys.com/checkmark.

About West Coast Labs

West Coast Labs is an independent organization, which tests information security products. West Coast Labs has also developed the Checkmark certification system into one of the world’s foremost certification programs. More information about West Coast Labs and Checkmark Certification is available online at http://www.westcoastlabs.org and http://www.check-mark.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 organizations. 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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