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Re: QualysGuard - VA/PT appliance
From: Norman Girard <norman.girard () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 23:48:22 -0700

That's actually true. 

The intranet appliance sits on your internal network and perform
vulnerability assessment. All the data are centralized and store in
the Qualys SOC.

I know that many security people have a kind of emotional issue with
the ASP model but the Qualys SOC is more secure than any local DB.
Data are stored encrypted and are decrypted on the fly with a secret
key stored as an environment variable. This secret key is also
decrypted with your login credentials when opening your session.
Nobody, even the Qualys DB admin, can see your results at all.

This model is great for scalability, information update and data

I worked for the company for few years during the past and they are
definitely the leader in that space.

On 8/23/05, David Dischler <david.dischler () gmail com> wrote:
I worked for a Network Security Assessment company in the past (sales)
and encountered many customers who used QualysGuard.  To be honest, most
were not pleased with not only the quality for the price, but some of
the "Handcuffs" they encountered based on functionality.  I would
recommend looking into TraceSecurity's product TraceAssess.  They can be
reached at http://tracesecurity.com/products/trace-assess.php.   The
software package they offer works the same way in that it is web-based,
but it allows for On-Demand and/or Scheduled Internal/External VA's and
has a Patch add-on (also web-based) for quick reference to patch
links/information.  It runs on simple requirements (hardware speaking)
and very simple setup.  It has been a while since I worked there, but
when I did, the prices were pretty competitive.

P.S. In case you are wondering, I have moved from the Dark Side (sales)
and now have my own IT business, so this is a suggestion made with some
technical background ;)


Gonenc, Ozan wrote:

I've recently been in touch with Qualys.

What you state is correct for the contractor's license.  The actual scan engine is located at Qualys.  Even if you 
are conducting testing from an internal network.  The appliance simply serves as a proxy for the Qualys remote 



Ozan Gonenc, B.Sc, ITIL, GCIH
Senior IT Security Consultant
AEPOS Technologies Corporation
200-200 Rue Montcalm
Gatineau, Quebec  J8Y 3B5
(819) 772-8522 (W)
(819) 772-0449 (F)

-----Original Message-----
From: prasanna.mukundan () wipro com [mailto:prasanna.mukundan () wipro com]
Sent: August 23, 2005 01:19
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: QualysGuard - VA/PT appliance


We have are evaluating an appliance by Qualys, called QualysGuard that
purportedly "enables security auditors to scope and perform detailed
vulnerability assessments anytime, anywhere, using nothing more than a
Web browser."

Has anyone used this appliance? If so could you give me your feedback on
the product?

From what I have seen of it in a couple of days, it seems to initiate a
scan(for s/w vulnerabilities) from the intranet of a network, but sends
the data to the internet/qualys server (and accessed via qualys'
website), which imo while have the regulators and auditors screaming. I
would appreciate if anyone could confirm/correct that.


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