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RE: QualysGuard - VA/PT appliance
From: "Richard Zaluski" <rzaluski () ivolution ca>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 08:30:20 -0400

I had an opportunity to review the product at the InfoSec show in Orlando
City and to be honest; I was not really very impressed. It looks and feels
like another vulnerability scanner.  I did find it somewhat amazing that the
person I was talking with at the booth told me that this services makes
Penetration Testing Obsolete. I think he's been reading this marketing
material to much...

The rep at the booth would not tell me what engine runs behind it (Nessus?)
or anything much more technical or very in-depth such as their vulnerability
signatures.. Are they produced by Qualys? Or ????. 

But you do get a nice bag to cart it around in ;-)

My opinion is they are targeting this service at SMEs who do not have
in-house skills and really don't understand security ... etc....

Richard Zaluski
CISO, Security and Infrastructure Services 
iVOLUTION  Technologies Incorporated
rzaluski () ivolution ca

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-----Original Message-----
From: marc bayerkohler [mailto:lists.marc () gmail com] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 6:29 PM
To: pen-test () securityfocus com
Subject: QualysGuard - VA/PT appliance

This sounds just like the FusionVM product from CriticalWatch.


You install their box, which VPNs home.  You schedule the assessments
and read the output through their portal.

The reporting is very flexible, it is via a web application, so you
can give a manager an account so he can view just the results for his
machines, etc.

It is also tied in to a ticketing system you can use for remediating the

marc bayerkohler

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 10:49:26 +0530
From: prasanna.mukundan () wipro com
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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