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Qualys Joins Forces with Microsoft to Deliver Continuous Security and Compliance Visibility through Azure Security Center
Native integration of Qualys Cloud Agent streamlines security assessment across Azure virtual machines running Windows
REDWOOD CITY, CA. – July 21, 2016 – Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, today announced native integration between Qualys Cloud Agent technology and Microsoft Azure Security Center. Qualys will provide continuous Vulnerability Assessment services for Microsoft Azure virtual assets from within Azure Security Center’s unified security management and monitoring service. This integration allows Qualys customers to easily and automatically scan their Microsoft Azure environments, and incorporate those findings into their overall single view of security and compliance posture.
Enterprises leveraging cloud platforms face increased real-time security and compliance challenges, starting with knowing which assets to protect, and when. These organizations often must identify vulnerable systems across public or private clouds and on-premise data centers, then act quickly to secure those environments. Qualys customers using this Microsoft Azure integration will be able to leverage Qualys Cloud Platform to gain a continuous, real-time view of vulnerable systems and associated vulnerabilities across Azure and all other environments.
“By natively integrating Qualys Cloud Agents with Microsoft Azure, we allow customers to easily extend their security and compliance policies into the Azure platform,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys, Inc.
"Azure Security Center helps organizations reduce the complexity of gaining visibility into security state, detecting threats, and tracking open security issues,” said Michal Braverman-Blunmenstyk, general manager of Azure Cybersecurity, Microsoft Corp. “By integrating with vulnerability assessment solutions from leading providers like Qualys, Security Center can provide a unified security view across a customer’s Azure workloads.”
Azure Security Center automatically detects Azure virtual machines (VMs), and streamlines bulk Qualys Cloud Agent deployment to them with just a few steps. Once deployed, agents start reporting continuous vulnerability data to the Qualys Cloud Platform, which in turn, provides vulnerability and health monitoring data back to Azure Security Center. This allows customers to quickly identify vulnerable VMs from the Azure Security Center dashboard, then see deeper correlation, forensics and reporting details by switching directly to the Qualys management console for a continuous central view of IT security state across all global assets. Customers can use this data to assess the reported vulnerable systems, including on-premise servers, cloud virtual machines or laptops, and prioritize remediation using Qualys-provided analysis, and tracking accordingly with their operations team.
Flexible Cross-Enterprise Deployment
The addition of Qualys Cloud Agent technology in Azure Security Center delivers further flexibility for organizations looking to consolidate cross-enterprise visibility and control of IT assets. Qualys enables customers to leverage agents along with its appliance scanner technology for continuous vulnerability assessment in the public or private cloud and on-premise. These integrated agents, along with the Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance and recently released extensions for Azure, enable customers with on-premise and public cloud assets to now choose the best deployment methods for their network.
Availability and Additional Resources
- Qualys Cloud Agent for Azure Security Center will be available for Azure virtual machines running Windows in August, with Linux support targeted by end of 2016.
- To learn more about Qualys Cloud Agent Platform, register for a free trial at https://www.qualys.com/cloudagent.
Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions with over 8,800 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, BT, Cognizant Technology Solutions, SecureWorks, Fujitsu, HCL Comnet, Infosys, NTT, Optiv, Tata Communications, Verizon and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.
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