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Qualys Introduces Next Generation SaaS Platform for Security Risk and Compliance Management

QualysGuard® 5.0 Provides Customers and Partners with New AJAX-based User Interface, Massive Parallelized Scanning, Enhanced Business Unit Reporting and Seamless Integration Capabilities with Other Security Applications

San Francisco, CA - RSA Conference 2007 (Booth #1216) - February 6, 2007 - Qualys, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand security risk and compliance management solutions, today announced QualysGuard 5.0. Building on the world’s widest deployed on-demand, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security solution, QualysGuard 5.0 is the platform for delivering next generation security risk and compliance management solutions that allow security managers and auditors to get a continuous view of a company’s security and compliance posture.

“QualysGuard gives us the ability to detect our vulnerabilities across our network and really ensure that we have the level of security and compliance we need,” said Craig Shumard, Chief Information Security Officer at CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest providers of health care and related employee benefits.

“QualysGuard 5.0 includes important enhancements that enable seamless and straightforward integration with our Managed Security Offerings including single-sign-on capabilities with our portal and the ability to easily bring Qualys data into our applications so that it can be leveraged to enhance our industry-leading managed services,” said Scott Magrath, general manager, Managed Security Services, VeriSign.

With the QualysGuard 5.0 SaaS Platform, customers and partners can immediately take advantage of the highly interactive functionality and performance enhancements, without having to install any new software. QualysGuard 5.0 features include:

  • New AJAX Graphical User Interface (UI): QualysGuard 5.0 makes all vulnerability management and policy compliance functions more efficient by placing them one click away from the user’s dashboard. The new UI delivers an intuitive, contextual-based interface that looks and feels like a desktop application with new context-sensitive menus and workflows. It significantly reduces the learning curve for customers. Additionally, the underlying AJAX-based framework allows Qualys to respond to customer demands by introducing new features and capabilities on a continuous basis.
  • Massive Parallelized Scanning Architecture: Critical for large implementations, scanner parallelization reduces scan time drastically allowing customers to immediately respond to enterprise-wide threats. When scanning large distributed networks, customers will experience a speed increase up to 400 percent. Increasing speed, while maintaining the Six Sigma scanning accuracy level that customers are currently experiencing is paramount as networks are becoming more complex, zero-day exploits more frequent and regulations more stringent.
  • Enhanced Business Unit Reporting and Dashboard: QualysGuard 5.0 allows highly distributed organizations to better manage and delegate scanning, remediation, reporting and compliance efforts down to the individual business unit. This ability improves the accuracy and efficiency of the security auditing process, to reduce security and compliance risk across an organization.
  • Integration APIs: New QualysGuard 5.0 XML Application Programming Interface (API) gives partners and customers full control of user access and account management. It allows partners to seamlessly integrate QualysGuard into their existing portal and monitoring solutions, and build new solutions on top of the platform.

“Working with our customers and partners, we are continuously expanding the capabilities of QualysGuard, evolving it into the first on-demand platform for security risk and compliance management,” said Philippe Courtot, CEO and Chairman of Qualys. “In doing so, we have enhanced what were already industry benchmarks for performance, accuracy and ease-of-use, while opening up those benefits to our partners through a growing set of APIs. Today, as a result, Managed Security Services organizations, consulting firms and third-party vendors around the world are building solutions on the QualysGuard platform to answer the needs of their customers.”

QualysGuard 5.0 brings ease of use, scanning speed and accuracy to new heights. The QualysGuard Platform is now performing 150 million IP production scans per annum with Six Sigma accuracy (less than 3.4 scanning errors per million IP scans). The Platform remotely manages 3,700 scanner appliances deployed in 65 countries, supporting more than 2,500 customers, including 25 Fortune 100 and over 200 Forbes global organizations.


General availability of QualysGuard 5.0 is slated for March 2007.

QualysGuard 5.0 is available for preview on February 12, 2007 at for US customers and at for EMEA customers.

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc. is the leading provider of on-demand security risk and compliance management solutions. Qualys is the only security company that delivers these solutions through a single software-as-a-service platform. QualysGuard® allows organizations to strengthen the security of their networks and conduct automated security audits to ensure compliance with policies and regulations. As a scalable and open platform, QualysGuard enables partners to broaden their managed security offerings and expand their consulting services. Qualys’ on-demand solutions are deployed in a matter of hours anywhere in the world, providing customers an immediate view of their security and compliance posture. QualysGuard is the widest deployed security on-demand solution in the world, performing over 150 million IP audits per year. For more information, please visit


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