Configuration issues are a major source of breaches, and basic hardening of all systems — whether on-premise or in the cloud — is required to protect today's complex environments. To help customers with this challenge, Qualys is introducing SCA for automated configuration assessment of large and small IT environments. SCA provides benchmark-based guidance and simplified workflows for scanning and reporting, eliminating the cost, resource and deployment issues associated with traditional configuration management software point products. Leveraging the Qualys Cloud Platform, SCA enables more customers to better safeguard global endpoints, on-premise and cloud assets against today's evolving cyber threats.
"In the era of plug and play, rapid application development, one-click installations, and pressing business deadlines, systems are often put into production with default settings and without hardening," according to Gartner. "In such cases, readily available and approved baseline configuration standards can be used prior to deployment to ensure and maintain a standard and consistent configuration throughout the enterprise. This will not only help to achieve a better security posture, but also increased compliance and business effectiveness and efficiency."1
"Recent global cyber-attacks have served as a reminder that companies must take a proactive stance in securing the infrastructure and operations underpinning their digital transformation," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys, Inc. "Qualys SCA helps customers automate the security best practices behind leading benchmarks, and integrate them with DevSecOps for a more proactive approach towards securing today's digital business."
Availability and Pricing
SCA will be generally available starting July 2017 as an add-on to VM, and annual subscriptions are priced on a cost-per-IP basis.
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Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ: QLYS) is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions with over 9,300 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, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HCL Technologies, HP Enterprise, IBM, Infosys, NTT, Optiv, SecureWorks, 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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1 Gartner, Best Practices for Secure Policy Configuration Assessment, Oliver Rochford and Prateek Bhajanka, October 2016
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