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Qualys Policy Compliance Notification: Policy Library Update (March)

Qualys’ library of built-in policies makes it easy to comply with the security standards and regulations that are most commonly used and adhered to. Qualys provides a wide range of policies, including many that have been certified by CIS as well as the ones based on security guidelines from OS and application vendors and other industry best practices.

In order to keep up with the latest changes in security control requirements and new technologies, Qualys publishes new content to the Policy Library every month.

The March release includes the following new policy and updates:

  • New Industry and Best Practice policies for Microsoft Windows 10 Release 1809
  • New CIS Benchmark policies for Amazon Linux 2 v1.0.0, VMware ESXi 6.5 v1.0.0, Debian Linux 9 v1.0.0, and Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise Release 1803 v1.5.0

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Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC) 8.18.2 New Features

This new release of the Qualys Cloud Platform, version 8.18.2.0, includes the new look for the App Picker, new technology support for Unix UDCs, and error code/text for errors that occur during control evaluation.

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Call For Customer Presentations at Black Hat USA 2019!

Tell your security story to your peers at Black Hat USA 2019!

Qualys is looking for customers excited to share your security story, for example:

  • How you integrate security into DevOps
  • Best practices for building security into modern enterprises
  • Case studies leveraging the use of the Qualys Cloud Platform

Take the stage in the Qualys booth to share your experience with Black Hat USA attendees two or three times total during exhibit hall hours on August 7 and 8.

If you would like to be considered as a presenter, please send a title and short abstract for a 20-minute presentation to Victoria Venturi at vventuri@qualys.com. The call for presenters is open through Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Black Hat USA is held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Qualys will provide accepted presenters with a full conference pass, and pay your airfare plus hotel expenses for the conference.

Looking for inspiration? See what customers presented in the Qualys booth last year.

Monitoring AWS Golden AMI Pipelines with Slack

If your company uses Slack and is looking for ways to easily monitor activities in its AWS Golden AMI Pipeline, you can use AWS native services to send messages into a Slack channel. This can give your teams better visibility into the approval process for the candidate AMIs that they submit, as opposed to handling this via email. As we all know, email messages can get lost, overlooked or dumped in spam folders, which doesn’t happen with Slack messages. Moreover, Slack channels can have multiple subscribers so a single message can be seen by multiple people or other bots. Handling approval requests within a Slack channel also simplifies the management of the process.

Read on for a detailed, step-by-step explanation.

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Ancestry: On the Vanguard of DevOps Security

Grant Johnson, Ancestry’s Director, Risk & Compliance

(This is a guest post by Grant Johnson, Director, Risk & Compliance at Ancestry)

Over the past two years, Ancestry moved its entire applications and data infrastructure from local data centers to Amazon’s cloud, and this required a new approach for managing vulnerabilities in our DevOps pipeline. In the hopes that our insights will help security teams embarking on this path, this article details the challenges we faced and the best practices that helped us succeed, including:

  • the benefits of replacing production AMIs with new ones instead of patching them;
  • the importance of making security an enabler of agile, cloud processes like DevOps;
  • and effective ways to get DevOps team members and senior leaders to buy into your risk reduction strategy.

Read on to learn how, with Qualys’ help, we streamlined and automated vulnerability fixes, resulting in a steep drop in the number of high severity bugs in our production applications.

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Qualys Policy Compliance Notification: Policy Library Update

Qualys’ library of built-in policies makes it easy to comply with the security standards and regulations that are most commonly used and adhered to. Qualys provides a wide range of policies, including many that have been certified by CIS as well as the ones based on security guidelines from OS and application vendors and other industry best practices.

In order to keep up with the latest changes in security control requirements and new technologies, Qualys publishes new content to the Policy Library every month.

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Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC) 8.18.1 New Features

The patch release of the Qualys Cloud Platform, version 8.18.1.0-1, includes new support for HashiCorp Vaults as well as for Virtual Scanner Appliance for OCI and OCI-Classic Platforms.

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Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC) 8.18 New Features

This new release of the Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC), version 8.18 contains several new features and improvements in Qualys Vulnerability Management and Policy Compliance, which include CertView Vulnerability Scan for EC2 Assets, support for new authentication types to filter vulnerabilities, support for InformixDB authentication and IBM Web Application Server, and 2 new technologies in Policy Compliance.

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Free Training: New Certified Learning Paths

The Qualys Training team is eager to share all of the recent additions to our free training program, as well as provide insight into what is coming in 2019. You can expect to see regular updates as we continue to improve our training offerings!

It is our mission to help Qualys customers and partners become more familiar with the entire portfolio of Qualys Cloud Apps, learn key workflows and adopt best practices. To help guide you, we are creating Learning Paths which take you from fundamentals through advanced topics, and ensure you have a complete foundation in Qualys technology.

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Jenkins Plugin v2 for Qualys WAS Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the Qualys WAS Jenkins plugin v2 is now available.  This version of the plugin introduces new features to facilitate automation, and a more user-friendly design.

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