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Qualys Launches QualysGuard PCI

On Demand Platform Reduces PCI Cost and Complexity for Merchants and Financial Institutions

Orlando, CSI Conference - November 6, 2006 - Qualys®, Inc., the leading provider of on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance, today launched the QualysGuard PCI On Demand platform. Built on Qualys’ well known, highly accurate and non-intrusive on demand scanning technology, QualysGuard PCI offers consulting organizations and companies the most effective way to achieve PCI certification.

QualysGuard PCI streamlines and simplifies PCI compliance by providing an easy-to-use, on demand compliance dashboard that leads organizations through each major step in the certification process. The application also allows acquiring financial institutions to track the compliance status of merchants and other partners. In a related announcement, the company today also announced the PCI On Demand Partner Program which will enable security consulting organizations and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) to build their own PCI-related applications and services on top of the QualysGuard On Demand platform.

Tribune Company is using the QualysGuard PCI On Demand platform in order to comply with the PCI standard. The organization works directly with CynergisTek, a leading security services organization and Qualys certified partner, to oversee its PCI risk management process and to remain compliant with emerging PCI guidelines.

“With Tribune’s distributed organizational structure and heterogeneous environment, we needed a rapid and economical way to scan for and eliminate server vulnerabilities,” said Dr. Joshua Seeger, CIO of Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Company. “The QualysGuard PCI On Demand platform and the services of CynergisTek are helping us to verify the PCI compliance of our IT infrastructure.”

“Qualys has extended its on demand vulnerability management platform to specifically address the PCI certification challenges facing merchants, acquiring banks and service organizations,” said Philippe Courtot, CEO and chairman of Qualys. “Bringing the QualysGuard on demand model to PCI reduces the cost and complexity of achieving and maintaining certification for merchants and services partners. With PCI On Demand, we are building ecosystems of partners to deliver PCI services cost-effectively and efficiently to our global customers.”

The QualysGuard PCI On Demand platform combines the industry’s most accurate scanning technology with a lightweight easy-to-use interface. The intuitive dashboard provides merchants and service providers with step-by-step guidance through PCI certification, and helps them meet specific requirements. Examples include:

  • QualysGuard PCI’s easy-to-use DSS “Self-Assessment Questionnaire” enables the merchant to satisfy the annual PCI questionnaire requirement.
  • QualysGuard PCI’s accurate, on demand vulnerability scans help merchants and their services partners locate, prioritize and remediate critical vulnerabilities to ensure that the merchant passes PCI mandated scans every 90 days. It also offers an automated process to handle and resolve false-positives identified on customers’ networks to reduce delays in the certification process.
  • QualysGuard PCI’s automated report preparation and on-line filing simplifies the process of documenting and reporting proof of compliance to acquiring banks, fulfilling another of the PCI standard’s basic requirements.
  • QualysGuard PCI’s banking dashboard allows acquiring banks to regularly monitor the ongoing compliance progress of the merchant and provides automatic access to documentation once the certification process is complete.

Pricing and Availability

QualysGuard PCI On Demand is available immediately. Annual subscriptions start at $495, which includes unlimited scans for three IP addresses and 24x7 support.

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc., the leader in on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance serves more than 2,200 enterprise subscribers around the world including 200 of the Forbes Global 2000. QualysGuard Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions help security managers effectively strengthen the security of their networks, conduct automated security audits and ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations. Qualys’ cost effective on demand technology requires no capital outlay, infrastructure or maintenance and can be deployed in a matter of hours anywhere in the world. Qualys global customers include AXA, DuPont, eBay, ICI Ltd, Kaiser Permanente, Novartis, Oracle and many others. Qualys is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with business units in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit


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