QualysGuard Spots Trends

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-03-11 Print this article Print

The latest version of Qualys' QualysGuard managed vulnerability detection system, released last month, performed admirably in tests at eWeek Labs.

The latest version of Qualys QualysGuard managed vulnerability detection system, released last month, performed admirably in tests at eWeek Labs. I easily generated reports that showed problems and used QualysGuards new report formats to see trends among server vulnerabilities.

Unlike other vulnerability assessment tools, which focus on large-enterprise networks, Qualys provides scanning services and vulnerability patch information aimed at medium-size companies, with subscription-based services that start at $995 per monitored IP address per year.

I was impressed with the level of detail in the QualysGuard vulnerability reports—the system not only pointed out weaknesses but also directed me to possible fixes.

Many of the new features in QualysGuard revolve around applying the products power only to areas of the network that need close examination.

For example, I could easily specify a range of IP addresses that included a Web server for frequent monitoring. Similarly, I could easily send limited reports to specific administrators.

More information about the system is available at www.qualys.com.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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