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Qualys Brings Industry’s First Continuous Progressive Scanning Capabilities to Its Fast Growing Web Applications Scanning Solution

New Features Enable Deeper and Comprehensive Continuous Scanning of Large and Complex Web Applications

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Feb. 3, 2015 – Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, today announced the latest version of its Qualys Web Application Scanning (WAS) solution now includes the industry’s first continuous progressive scanning capabilities, which has become a necessity for large and complex websites in order to reduce time to crawl and the impact of scanning on these sites. Additionally, Qualys WAS now includes more flexible reporting options to deliver targeted metrics to key stakeholders and help organizations minimize risk from undiscovered vulnerabilities.

The web has become the dominant vector for cyber attacks, as hackers are focusing their efforts to find new ways to penetrate our defenses via web applications, as underscored with the recent Shellshock vulnerability. As a result, manual testing falls short to discover and efficiently scan large number of web apps making automated, progressive scanning a necessity to address this problem at scale.

“Application security testing (AST) is of growing interest to organizations of all sizes. In early years of the AST market, enterprises focused first on the dynamic testing of their Internet-facing Web-enabled applications. However, enterprise AST requirements have moved well beyond this and expanded their AST capabilities in several dimensions,” said Neil MacDonald, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst and Joseph Feiman, Research VP for Gartner in the September 22, 2014 report Critical Capabilities for Application Security Testing.

Qualys Web Application Scanning is a cloud service that provides automated crawling and testing of custom web applications to identify vulnerabilities including cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. The automated service enables regular testing that produces consistent results, reduces false positives, and easily scales to secure large numbers of web sites. Qualys WAS also proactively scans websites for malware infections, sending alerts to website owners to help prevent search engine black listing and brand reputation damage. Now with continuous progressive scanning, customers can set up website scans during specific scan windows in an automated manner. Using the new progressive scanning algorithm, Qualys WAS only scans the parts of the website that have actually changed between scans reducing the impact of the overall scan.

“The flexibility, accuracy and scale of Qualys WAS helps us to streamline our web applications testing process with confidence,” said Alexander Anoufriev, CISO of ThousandEyes. “I’m very excited to see the addition of progressive scanning which will enable us to increase scan efficiency and help move towards continuous security. The addition of the new report templates was much anticipated, and is giving us the resources we need to expand reporting on existing vulnerability management risks to reporting on web applications-related risks.”

The latest version of Qualys WAS delivers enhanced insight into web app security risk and includes:

  • Progressive Crawling - expands the testing coverage for web applications over time. Each scan builds upon the information obtain in previous scans, prioritizing newly identified pages over previously tested pages.

  • Progressive Testing – enhances the flexibility of scanning by automatically starting, stopping and resuming scans across your networks without manual intervention.

  • New Report Templates - customized reporting options for stakeholders greatly simplify the time required for reporting.

“In today’s increasingly digital world, web applications are the new battleground for attackers looking to gain access to corporate or personal data,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO for Qualys, Inc. “Since its inception, we designed our web application scanning solution with scale and accuracy in mind as we anticipated this explosive growth of web apps. Now with the new progressive scanning capabilities, we have reached a new milestone, which coupled with our recently introduced Web Application Firewall, allows companies of all sizes to ensure the security of their web apps.”

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About Qualys, Inc.
Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions with over 7,000 customers in more than 100 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. The Qualys Cloud Platform and integrated suite of solutions help organizations simplify security operations and lower the cost of compliance by delivering critical security intelligence on demand and automating the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications. Founded in 1999, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading managed service providers and consulting organizations including Accenture, Accuvant, BT, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Dell SecureWorks, Fujitsu, HCL Comnet, InfoSys, NTT, Tata Communications, Verizon and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Council on CyberSecurity. For more information, please visit

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Qualys, Inc.
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