Qualys product overview
Qualys is an integrated cloud-based platform for IT, security, and operations. It empowers companies to 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 platform offers businesses continuous critical security intelligence. It enables them to automate the full spectrum of auditing, compliance, and protection for IT systems and web applications across on-premises, endpoints, cloud, containers, and mobile environments. Qualys continually detects all web apps – approved and unapproved – and provides steady cloud-based protection.
Qualys equips organizations with a constant, always-on assessment of their global IT, security, and compliance posture, with 2-second visibility across all IT assets. With automated and built-in threat prioritization and patching, the software gives complete, end-to-end security.
Pros of Qualys
- Qualys simplifies performing scans on geographically distributed and segmented networks both at the perimeter, behind the firewall, on dynamic cloud environments, and on endpoints.
- It automatically detects vulnerabilities and critical misconfigurations across the global hybrid environment. IT teams can get real-time alerts on zero-day vulnerabilities, compromised assets, and network irregularities.
Cons of Qualys
- For some first-time users, the platform’s interface is difficult to navigate.
- Other clients reported encountering high rates of false positives.
Breakdown of core features
Global asset management
Qualys detects IT assets everywhere, giving a complete, categorized inventory enriched with details such as vendor lifecycle information. Administrators can find and manage cybersecurity risks in IT assets.
The system consistently inventories assets, applies business criticality and risk context, detects security gaps, and responds with appropriate actions to mitigate risk. Additionally, it automates the normalization and categorization of inventory data – providing a single source of truth for IT, security, and compliance teams.
Vulnerability management, detection, and response
The platform assesses assets for the latest vulnerabilities and applies up-to-date threat intel analysis to prioritize actively exploitable vulnerabilities. It significantly accelerates an organization’s ability to respond to threats. It also enables businesses to instantly discover every asset in their environment, including unmanaged assets appearing on the network. Administrators can itemize all hardware and software and classify and tag critical assets.
Qualys Threat Protection correlates external threat information against vulnerabilities and IT asset inventory. It leverages its back-end engine to automate large-scale and intensive data analysis processes. It also has a search engine that lets users look for specific assets and vulnerabilities by crafting ad hoc queries with multiple variables and criteria.
The software’s Multi-Vector EDR collates vast amounts of IT, security, and compliance data collected from its hybrid sensors and augments it with threat intelligence from multiple external sources. It also enriches the data with process graphs to visualize attack paths, enabling security teams to unify their incident investigation, reduce false positives and negatives, and prioritize incidents for the appropriate response. Security teams can also monitor and investigate threats through simple workflows via the native UI or APIs.
(Last updated on 03/22/2022 by Liz Laurente-Ticong)