Qualys: Pioneering Next-Gen Data Security Solutions

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Sumedh Thakar, CEO, QualysSumedh Thakar, CEO
The evolution of smart devices and cloud computing has prompted a vast global transformation in information security. This influx of new technology and other perimeter-less developments, have weakened traditional IT infrastructures. However, organizations that adopt hybrid and distributed IT infrastructure are not orchestrated under a unified security system.

As a result, many workloads have been moved to the cloud and SaaS-based CRM systems. Generally, the cloud computing system faces problems related to information security through the involvement of common platforms like Google, Yahoo, or private networks like Wi-Fi. Although most networks were usually limited to corporate premises, they extend to public, private, and hybrid clouds, mobile devices, IoT sensors, and non-computing appliances.

Adoption of cloud computing software like SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS continue to be preferred among organizations of all sizes worldwide. If workloads shift from on-premises systems to public, private, or hybrid clouds, their requirements will drastically change from security and compliance perspectives. Organizations are in need of a central database to analyze and visualize information across the whole IT infrastructure and its vulnerability landscapes.

Qualys, Founded in 1999, is a cloud-based security and compliance provider in more than 130 countries. Qualys's cloud platform is built upon a robust, measurable, and flexible infrastructure exploring virtualization and cloud technologies. The Cloud Platform collects threats and vulnerability data through Cloud Agents, APIs, physical, virtual, cloud, and passive appliances. It mainly allows the user to assess vulnerabilities and risks. It provides complete visibility of IT assets, compliance, and its requirements with full-time supervision and continuous processing.

Contrary to the legacy products, Qualys presents its physical/virtual/cloud scanners within the customer premise, where they scrutinize continuous security. Certified to work with AWS and Azure, the company's cloud appliances are specially designed to scan IaaS and PaaS instances in commercial cloud computing platforms.

The leading provider of information security and compliance cloud solutions

One of its unique features is that its software cloud agents’ ability to go into on-premise servers, virtual machines, cloud apps, endpoint devices, and almost all the appliances in the IT infrastructure. It is connected via a central console to every agent from a central location. It is integrated with the main Cloud Platform and linked by APIs with third-party SIEM (security information and event management).

Ultimately, Qualys puts forward four solid solutions for data security through its cloud platform:

1. Vulnerability Assessment-Users will be enabled to view their IT Assets and their vulnerabilities wholly. It will also continuously monitor and report threats and vulnerabilities

2. Threat Prioritization-After finding the threats or their placements, users will be allowed to leverage and pinpoint all the unsafe endpoints and assets which must be patched. ThreatPROTECT from Qualys helps users solve one of their biggest challenges: finding and prioritizing threats depending on their intensity. It is said that networks and operating systems encounter new vulnerabilities every day, amounting to thousands per year

3. Compliance Monitoring-the platform allows the users to assess the security risk presented by the businesses processes of the common, third-party platforms you associate with, such as partners, vendors, suppliers, and consultants. It also verifies the third-party applications by generating customizable questionnaires for third-party security assessments and compliance audits

4. Network and Application Security-Qualys's Web Application Scanning(WAS) allows users to discover, catalog continuously, and detect vulnerabilities, including cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection. The automated process includes regular testing, detection of false positives, and proactive scan for threats and malware infections

Qualys cloud platform performs 3+ billion scans, logs 100+billion detections, and collects, processes, and analyzes 1+ trillion security data points annually. “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 across premises, endpoints, cloud, containers, and mobile environments.” Bliar King, Vice President, Qualys.
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Company
Qualys

Headquarters
Foster City, CA

Management
Sumedh Thakar, CEO

Description
Qualys, Inc. is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions that 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.