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Qualys Announces Ground-Breaking First-Party Software Risk Management Solution

August 2023 by Marc Jacob

Qualys, Inc.
announced it is opening up its award winning risk management platform to AppSec teams to bring their own detections to assess, prioritize
and remediate the risk associated with first-party software and its embedded open-source components.

In the digital transformation era, every organization develops its own software to run its business. This first-party, or company-developed, software often lacks the disciplined
vulnerability and configuration management practices used for third-party software. Studies have shown that over 90% of first-party software includes open-source components while more than 40% have high risks such as exploitable vulnerabilities. Today, application
and security operations teams rely on manual checks or siloed scripts to evaluate the security of first-party software, resulting in ad-hoc security assessment that impedes the ability to prioritize and remediate risk effectively. Furthermore, traditional
vulnerability assessment or software composition analysis tools do not detect the presence of embedded open-source packages across the production environment. As a result, security teams face challenges in comprehending the true risk, particularly in security
breaches like the Log4J incident.

The new Qualys solution enables organizations to bring their own detection and remediation scripts created using popular languages like PowerShell and Python to Qualys Vulnerability
Management, Detection and Response (VMDR) as Qualys ID (QIDs), which the Qualys Cloud Agent executes in a secure and controlled manner. Qualys TruRisk then detects and prioritizes the findings in the same workflow and reporting as used for the third-party
software findings. This empowers application and security teams to leverage their own detections to identify sensitive content, assess critical process and application statuses, tag assets based on sensitive or PII data presence, and mitigate risks associated
with critical vulnerabilities like Log4J by configuring file parameters or addressing Follina by modifying GPOs/registry settings to efficiently manage the risk arising from both first and third-party sources.

The new Qualys platform capabilities allow teams to:

Easily Build Your Own Signatures -
Create Qualys Detections (QIDs) and remediations based on your own logic or scripts leveraging major scripting languages such as Python, PowerShell
and others. These detections integrate directly into VMDR workflows and TruRisk scoring, helping SecOps teams unify and manage risk across first and third-party applications in their environment.

Proactively Detect, Manage and Reduce Supply Chain Risks:
Get continuous, real-time visibility into deeply embedded open-source software packages, such as Log4J, openSSL and commercial software components
leveraging the Qualys Cloud Agent. Qualys TruRisk then prioritizes and correlates the information based on data from over 25 threat feeds and the asset’s business criticality. This information allows security teams to rapidly mitigate the risk of high-profile
security issues such as zero-day threats and Log4J outbreaks by crafting custom detection and responses.

Effectively Communicate Risk with Unified Reporting and Dashboarding:
With native integration to VMDR workflows, effectively communicate the unified view of risk in first and third-party software to the right stakeholders via real-time dashboards and reports. Integration with ticketing systems such as ServiceNow and JIRA enables
the automatic assigning of detailed remediation tickets to the right owners through a common view to quickly close tickets and reduce risk.

Availability

Enhancements to the Qualys Cloud Platform, including Custom Assessments and Remediation via VMDR integrations, will be available by the end of August.


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