UPDATED 09:00 EDT / OCTOBER 05 2021


New Qualys assessment service provides visibility into ransomware exposure

Cybersecurity software provider Qualys Inc. today announced the availability of a new ransomware assessment service.

The new service is designed to provide companies with visibility into their ransomware exposure and automate the patching and configuration changes needed to reduce risk immediately.

The Qualys Ransomware Risk Assessment Service leverages a single, dynamic dashboard to provide a clear, comprehensive view of ransomware risk exposure including identifying internet-facing assets, according to the company. It adds that with comprehensive asset discovery and a global asset software inventory that identifies and highlights assets and unauthorized software, the service eliminates security blind spots.

The service offers insights into ransomware exposure based on research and ransomware-specific vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. Tapping into Qualys’ threat research and previous analysis of ransomware attacks over the last five years, the service can identify vulnerabilities commonly used by ransomware threat actors.

Qualys researchers have mapped vulnerabilities to a variety of ransomware families, including Locky, Ryuk/Conti and WannaCry, along with specific misconfigurations that threat actors typically leverage.

Qualys Ransomware Risk Assessment allows security teams to prioritize workflows and take immediate steps to reduce ransomware risk. Teams can also track remediation progress via live dashboards.

Integrated patch deployment in the service offers one-click and zero-touch workflows, including remote vulnerability patching regardless of the asset location. Since it’s a cloud-based service, there’s no need for on-premises patching tools that require virtual private networks.

The service also provides support for operationalizing government guidelines and providing a company-specific ransomware heat map to eliminate an area of risk and shrink the attack surface.

“Ransomware risk is top of mind for chief information security officers who are no longer satisfied with reactive tools and generic guidelines,” Sumedh Thakar, president and chief executive officer of Qualys, said in a statement. “They want actionable information to reduce risk proactively.”

The Qualys Ransomware Risk Assessment Service is available immediately. The service is also being offered on a 60-day no-cost trial.

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