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Qualys Acquires Container-Native Security Company Layered Insight

Strategic acquisition enables Qualys to add runtime defense capabilities and automated enforcement to its current Container Security solution

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 30, 2018 – Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS), a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, today announced it has acquired Layered Insight, a global leader in container-native application protection.

“This acquisition brings Qualys to the forefront of container security,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys. “With a highly scalable architecture, Layered Insight allows us to add runtime capabilities and automated enforcement to our current Container Security solution.”

“As a customer of both Qualys and Layered Insight, GE Digital sees the value of this acquisition,” said Al Ghous, Sr. Director of Cyber Security at GE Digital. “It brings highly scalable container-native application protection to Qualys’ exceptional vulnerability assessment capabilities. We look forward to the availability of the integrated solution to address our security challenges for all types of workloads.”

By acquiring Layered Insight, Qualys extends its current capabilities to include deep visibility and runtime application protection for containerized and serverless workloads. The integrated solution will automatically correlate deep runtime behavioral analysis with Qualys’ leading threat protection capabilities to deliver DevOps teams unmatched runtime application protection without added container management complexity.

Layered Insight’s technology will help Qualys customers gain:

  • Deeper visibility into containers by mapping runtime behavior to gain a multi-dimensional (network, storage and system) and comprehensive understanding of applications running in a containerized environment.

  • The ability to detect and prevent security breaches during runtime. Users can set alerts for detected anomalies or enact auto-generated behavior policies to enforce control on the containers.

  • Extended visibility, compliance and protection for serverless Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) deployments, such as AWS Fargate and Azure Container Instances, by instrumenting the visibility and protection within application images and language runtimes.

The combined Qualys Container Security solution will offer customers coverage of inventory, vulnerability management and compliance, as well as runtime visibility and protection capabilities from build to deployment stages across on-premises, cloud or CaaS environments.

As with all Qualys acquisitions, key Layered Insight employees have joined Qualys, including co-founders Asif Awan as CTO of Container Security and John Kinsella as VP engineering, Container Security.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better growth platform for Layered Insight solutions than Qualys,” said Awan. “Qualys’ massive customer base provides the perfect springboard for realizing our vision of putting Layered Insight technology in the hands of millions of users. We are very excited to join the Qualys team and work together on the shared vision of providing the best comprehensive security solution for all types of application workloads, running anywhere.”

Layered Insight solutions are fully containerized and are built on a highly scalable architecture. Qualys expects the Layered Insight Solution to be integrated into its Cloud Platform by the second half of 2019.

Additional Resources:
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● Learn more about Qualys Container Security
● Read more about the Qualys Cloud Platform

About Qualys
Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions with over 10,300 customers in more than 130 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. Qualys helps organizations streamline and consolidate their security and compliance solutions in a single platform and build security into digital transformation initiatives for greater agility, better business outcomes and substantial cost savings. The Qualys Cloud Platform and its integrated Cloud Apps deliver businesses critical security intelligence continuously, enabling them to automate the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications on premises, on endpoints and elastic clouds. Founded in 1999 as one of the first SaaS security companies, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading managed service providers and consulting organizations including Accenture, BT, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Deutsche Telekom, DXC Technologies, Fujitsu, HCL Technologies, IBM, Infosys, NTT, Optiv, SecureWorks, Tata Communications, Verizon and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance. For more information, please visit

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About Layered Insight
Layered Insight, the pioneer and global leader in Container Native Application Protection, enables organizations to unify DevOps and SecOps by providing complete visibility and control of containerized applications. Using the industry’s first embedded security approach, Layered Insight solves the challenges of container performance and protection by providing accurate insight into container images, adaptive analysis of running containers, and automated enforcement of container behavior. Layered Insight was founded by three Silicon Valley entrepreneurs: Asif Awan, Sachin Aggarwal and John Kinsella. Balance the speed and agility of DevOps with the security and compliance of SecOps by visiting

Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or our future financial or operating performance. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements related to: the potential benefits of the acquisition; expectations regarding the ability to add capabilities to Qualys’ current Container Security solution; the future availability of the integrated solution to address security challenges for all types of workloads; plans to offer an integrated solution by the second half of 2019; and statements made by Qualys’ CEO. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include our ability to continue to develop platform capabilities and solutions; the ability of our platform and solutions to perform as intended; the effects of the highly competitive market in which we operate, including competition from much larger technology companies; any inability to successfully develop and introduce new products, features, and services or enhance existing products and services; real or perceived defects, errors or vulnerabilities in our products or services; and general market, political, economic and business conditions in the United States as well as globally. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 2, 2018.

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