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Qualys Policy Compliance Notification: Policy Library Update

Qualys’ library of built-in policies makes it easy to comply with commonly adhered to security standards and regulations. Qualys provides a wide range of policies, including many that have been certified by CIS as well as ones based on security guidelines from vendors such as Microsoft and VMware.

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

This release includes new policies and updates covering: Docker, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Qualys Cloud Suite 8.9.3 New Features

This new patch release of the Qualys Cloud Suite, version 8.9.3, includes updates for cloud-based scanner deployments and tagging improvements.

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Qualys Policy Compliance Notification: Policy Library Update

Qualys’ library of built-in policies makes it easy to comply with commonly adhered to security standards and regulations. Qualys provides a wide range of policies, including many that have been certified by CIS as well as ones based on security guidelines from vendors such as Microsoft and VMware.

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

This release includes new policies and updates covering: MySQL, Amazon Linux, CentOS, Microsoft IIS, and Microsoft Windows.

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Qualys Policy Compliance Notification: Policy Library Update

Qualys’ library of built-in policies makes it easy to comply with commonly adhered to security standards and regulations. Qualys provides a wide range of policies, including many that have been certified by CIS as well as ones based on security guidelines from vendors such as Microsoft and VMware.

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

In Q4 2016, Qualys added new policies for CIS as well as Qualys Recommended policies, and provided updated versions for minor changes to a number of CIS policies.

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Qualys Cloud Suite 8.9.2 New Features

This new patch release of the Qualys Cloud Suite, version 8.9.2, includes updates for Cloud-based scanner deployments and expanded platform coverage for PC.

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Slash Vendor Risk and Sharpen Compliance with Policies, Standards and Regulations

As we continue our Qualys Top 10 Tips for a Secure & Compliant 2017 blog series, we zoom in on the all important area of compliance and risk monitoring, a key element of any comprehensive security program.

IT compliance and risk managers don’t have it easy. You face an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, constantly evolving industry standards and a technology environment that’s changing at a dizzying pace. It falls on your shoulders to make sure your organizations follow rules, regulations, laws, standards and practices in areas of IT across all business functions.

In this post, we’ll offer tips 5 – 7 on our list, to help you:

  • Ensure internal and external IT compliance
  • Assess procedural and technical controls among vendors to reduce the risk of doing business with them
  • Comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

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Qualys Cloud Suite 8.9.1 New Features

This new patch release of the Qualys Cloud Suite, version 8.9.1, includes updates for Cloud-based scanner deployments, VM Reporting Enhancements, and expanded platform coverage for PC.

Cloud Platform: Added EC2 Proxy Server support for the connector and the ability to identify the provider for scanners deployed in cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Vulnerability Management: Improvements from customer requests for a number of VM Reports and ability to set reopen date for Remediation Tickets.

Policy Compliance: Expanded platform coverage for Microsoft IIS 10, Pivotal Webserver 6, Docker and Windows Server 2016.

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Qualys Cloud Suite 8.9 New Features

This new release of the Qualys Cloud Suite, version 8.9, includes updates for usability and functionality across the platform as well as Vulnerability Management and Policy Compliance.

Cloud Platform: Several significant improvements are included in this release for Authentication including: SSH2 certificate support for UNIX authentication, Vault expansion to support Cyber-Ark AIM, Cisco NX-OS Authentication Records, along with improvements to MS SQL Authentication. Additionally, improvements to scan-related tasks including overlapping scan prevention and network support for external scanners are included in this release.

Vulnerability Management: This release is focused on features to simplify scan processing, improve asset identification, and expand remediation workflow options. A variety of reporting improvements from customer requests were also implemented.

Policy Compliance:  We’re excited to announce that Policy Compliance now supports tag-based asset association with policies! Additionally, we’ve expanded UDC coverage, added new platforms, improved scanning workflow, and added policy locking to meet auditor requirements. You can now also export UDC’s with your Policy export. Continue reading …

How Policy Compliance Plays a Mitigation Role to Protect Your System

Vulnerabilities can be serious threats. Once found, system administrators try everything to restore security, such as patching and mitigating. Patching is always the first choice since it’s normally the definitive way to resolve the vulnerability. However, system administrators will sometimes need to mitigate, especially in two cases:

Case 1. A patch has not been released by the vendor.
Case 2. Patching the vulnerability isn’t a high priority in the customer’s environment but still needs to be addressed.

Many vulnerabilities can be mitigated by changing a specific configuration setting in the OS or application. In this blog post, I use HTTPoxy as an example of how Qualys Policy Compliance can play an important role in this type of mitigation by identifying and reporting on all your systems that don’t have the desired configuration.

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Qualys Cloud Suite 8.8 New Features

A new release of the Qualys Cloud Suite, version 8.8, is targeted for release in July and includes updates for usability and functionality across the platform as well as Vulnerability Management and Policy Compliance.

Cloud Platform: Asset Search has been improved making it easier to find, report and take actions on assets via the Asset Search Report. Several improvements to enforce security levels for Windows authentication were added, along with new options for scanner replacement, IPv6 Configuration, and stored data retention.

Vulnerability Management: Several exciting new features are available in VM in this release including CVSS version 3 and the ability to close vulnerabilities for “dead hosts” following a scan. Additional attributes are now available when downloading KnowledgeBase and in Vulnerability Notifications.

Policy Compliance: We are continuing the expansion of application technology assessment with the addition of Oracle WebLogic, IBM HTTP Server 8, IBM WebSphere 8, and assessment for Checkpoint Firewall. Improvements have been made to Exception Management, and it’s now easier to associate Cloud Agent assets with Policies. We’ve also included several improvements to the User Defined Controls and released the new Windows Group Membership UDC.

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