Qualys cloud platform to support LINUX and Mac OS

Qualys Cloud Agent Platform to extend support to additional operating systems

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Qualys cloud platform to support LINUX and Mac OS Qualys support for these operating systems is important to securing elastic cloud environments and endpoints where these operating systems are predominant
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 4, 2016

Cloud-based security firm Qualys, has unveiled that the expansion of its Cloud Agent Platform will now support LUNIX and Mac OS, adding to the platform's existing support for Windows.

The cloud platform enables organisations to have flexibility and real-time asset inventory searches on a global scale, which in result will address the security and compliance of IT assets, whether on premise, in the cloud or on mobile endpoints. Qualys support for these operating systems is important to securing elastic cloud environments and endpoints where these operating systems are predominant.

Typically, traditional host-based and network-scanning methods have been the de facto way for organisations to identify vulnerabilities, verify patches and mitigate threats. However, most organisations face significant cost and infrastructure challenges associated with scanning windows, authenticated scans and managing and updating heavyweight agents, all in an increasingly mobile and cloud-driven environment.

The Cloud Agent Platform has announced support for, RedHat Linux, including centOS, SUSE, openSUSE and Fedora, also Debian-based installations including Ubuntu and Debian, plus MacOS X 10.10 and above.

In addition, the latest release includes, configurable proxy support with advanced proxy features such as authentication and proxy auto-configuration, improvements to install and uninstall cloud agents and support for SSL certificate scanning for vulnerability management.

The Qualys Cloud Agent augments the Qualys Cloud Platform used by over 8,800 customers, including brands with lightweight agents that can be installed on any host, including laptops, desktops, servers or virtual machines.

The Qualys Cloud Agent eliminates the need to schedule scan windows or manage credentials for vulnerability and compliance scanning. The agent is remotely deployable, centrally managed, self-updating and consumes very little CPU resources, less than 2% during normal operation. The agent automatically collects vulnerability and configuration data and securely transfers it to the Qualys Cloud Platform, where it is analysed and correlated to identify risks and eliminate vulnerabilities.

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