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November 2008
SAAS.gif"Vendors have to go well beyond the requirements of SLAs if they want to keep their customers," said InternetNews' Richard Adhikari from one of the panel discussions at SIIA On Demand - the Software Information Industry Association's conference on SaaS.

Panelist Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, added - "It is critical for SaaS players to exceed SLAs because there are few obstacles to a customer abandoning one supplier in favor of another.  It's much easier to switch from a SaaS application than a normal application because you don't have to pull out the application and replace it and test it and secure it.  

"In the future, customers will demand more from SaaS vendors," Courtot warned. "I can see that, in the near future, they would want guarantees of quality of service, guarantees of security of data, guarantees of data privacy."

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Qualys has been chosen as one of Deloitte's 2008 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of today's fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications and life sciences companies in North America. This industry distinction comes just several weeks after the company's most recent achievement as a Deloitte Silicon Valley Fast 50 where Qualys ranked #37 by demonstrating a five-year growth rate of 492 percent from 2003-2007. The five-year growth rate criteria was also used in selecting the Fast 500 companies placing Qualys as # 307 on the expanded list of industry notables.

"Being recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America is an honor that we share with our customers who from the beginning believed in our Software-as-a-Service solution for IT security and compliance management," said Philippe Courtot, Qualys CEO.  "We thank Deloitte for the ranking that underscores our efforts to help organization worldwide get a clear view on their IT security and achieve compliance."

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Qualys® Vulnerability R&D Lab has released new vulnerability checks in QualysGuard® to protect organizations against 2 new vulnerabilities present in Microsoft Windows. Customers can immediately audit their networks for these and other recent vulnerabilities by accessing their QualysGuard subscription.

Microsoft released on November 11, 2 security patches to fix newly discovered flaws in Microsoft Windows. The Qualys Vulnerability R&D Lab has released the following checks for these new vulnerabilities:

- Microsoft SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution
- Microsoft XML Core Services Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
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Microsoft Patches Long-Known Windows Bugs, by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
Microsoft Doles Out Two Patches for Four Flaws, by Dan Kaplan, SC Magazine
Teed Up for November: Office, Windows Fixes, by Andy Patrizio,
InformationWeek-VAP.gifInformationWeek discovers how IT can implement an effective vulnerability management program that works.  

For an effective vulnerability management that works -- apply risk management principles and logic relative to the business value. IT must also engage across business units to determine a company-wide security posture that is within acceptable risk tolerance levels, create operational processes that address the computing environment as a whole, and select the right technology platforms to bolster those processes.Critical steps to break the cycle of ineffectiveness:

    Step 1: Integrate Data Collection
    Step 2: Prioritize
    Step 3: Continue to Refine

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InformationWeek-VAP.gifInformationWeek outlines four principles to achieve ongoing vulnerability management success:

Principle 1: Focus on Output, Not Input

Tools are only a means to an end. Data collection is a fundamental requirement for vulnerability management, but providing timely, accurate, contextual reports to appropriate individuals is critical. Many organizations develop programs that generate vast amounts of data, but struggle to make it actionable and measurable.

Principle 2: Align with Business Processes
Vulnerability management process integration with and awareness of business processes is critical to understanding enterprise risk and focusing on the areas that matter most.

Principle 3: Continue to Integrate Technologies
Incorporating change and configuration technologies will increase the reliability of data, build accurate reporting, and increase overall effectiveness in lowering enterprise risk and achieving compliance objectives.

Principle 4: Leverage Measurement and Promote Visibility
Defining key performance indicators, such as an acceptable host-to-vulnerability ratio, and using measurement tools will help focus the program on activities that will have the most impact.

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Don-McCauley-DFF-Award.gifThe Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 Program honors the fastest growing software and information technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Don McCauley, Qualys CFO Qualys accepted this honor at The Computer History Museum on October 30th.

"We are pleased to be regarded by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing software and information technology companies in Silicon Valley," said Philippe Courtot, Qualys CEO.  "We share this recognition with our customers who understand the value of Software as a Service.  It is through the customer adoption of this innovative platform that we continue to experience growth and we extend a thank you to our customers for making this achievement possible."

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Niles_Puhlmann.gifNils is responsible for security, risk management and business continuity planning, including the security of the QualysGuard platform. Additionally, with his working industry knowledge, Nils will oversee Qualys' CSO Advisory board which main charter is to collaborate with other CSOs and industry leaders to offer real-world expertise in forging and implementing security and compliance best practices.

He stated: "Qualys has differentiated itself within the industry with its SaaS delivery platform and by keeping attention focused on the needs of the customer. I am looking forward to work with the Qualys team and with other CSOs in the industry to collaborate on real-life security and compliance issues and come up with best practices to address them."

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Tata.gif"Our partnership with Tata Communications allows them to offer their global customer base a proven, scalable and cost effective solution to help these organizations improve their security and streamline compliance initiatives. We are pleased to partner with such a world class organization and look forward to working with them" said Philippe Courtot, Qualys CEO.

John Landau, Senior Vice President of Global Managed Services for Tata Communications spoke about the company's latest launch saying  - "Effectively managing vulnerabilities to best-practice levels, in-house, is an expensive and difficult undertaking for businesses of any size. Mistakes can lead to crippling service downtime, potential data corruption, and the risk of being non-compliant. Tata's vulnerability management service helps organizations wrap their arms around which critical systems need patching at a drastically reduced total cost of ownership. There is no investment in capital or special skills required. The service allows customers both large and small to offload the grinding technical and operational aspects of vulnerability management while retaining control over decision-making and the actual remediation process."

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