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Patch Report Assists in Consolidation and Prioritisation of Security Patches

Qualys : 22 June, 2010  (New Product)
An extension fot the QualysGuard Vulnerability Management product, Patch Report has been produced to give IT Administrators the ability to quickly identify which patches are required and what priorities should be used for their implementation
Qualys has announced Patch Report, a new feature in QualysGuard Vulnerability Management to help customers quickly identify and implement patches to eliminate vulnerabilities in their IT environments. The new reporting feature provides users with actionable patching information for non-security staff such as system administrators and patch management system operators. It includes prioritised lists of patches that need to be applied to a selected set of assets in order to reduce risk, without applying unneeded redundant patches.

"We are excited about using the new QualysGuard Patch report because it will provide a useful tool that improves efficiency in vulnerability remediation and helps ensure that we are patching properly," said Joe Bennett, director of information security for CredAbility, a nonprofit organisation offering credit counseling and education. "We do monthly reporting that tracks the remediation of detected vulnerabilities, and now with Patch Report, we can see exactly how many patches we pushed and how many vulnerabilities it remediated."

The new QualysGuard Patch Report drives efficient remediation of vulnerabilities by:

* Eliminating manual tasks and time spent looking through identified vulnerabilities and figuring out which patches will address each vulnerability, saving customers from redundant, unnecessary patching.

* Providing accurate, easy-to-read reports with consolidated patching information for security or non-security staff (system administrators, patch management system operators, IT or operations staff).

* Including a simple user interface that gives users the flexibility to create actionable patch reports sorted by host, patch, operating system or asset group. The user can dynamically filter this information to further reduce or increase the scope of the report.

* Providing persistent search filters so anytime the user runs it, it generates the most up-to-date patch information based on recent scans and knowledgebase updates.

"Whereas security and operations teams tend to work in silos, vulnerability management is an area where these teams must work together to determine what needs to be patched, and patch quickly to secure IT environments and reduce the risk of service interruptions," said Scott Crawford, research director for EMA. "Qualys Patch Report enables security professionals to provide operations staff with a clear, consolidated report of what patches to apply, increasing efficiency for both teams as they remediate possible threats to security."

"At the request of our customers, we built this new Patch Report so they can provide their counterparts in operations with a meaningful, task-oriented, "out-of-the-box" remediation plan," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys.
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