Qualys extends BrowserCheck capabilities and adds Howard Schmidt to board of directors

Qualys has added new features to its BrowserCheck product to enable users to scan multiple browsers at once and access details on the main vulnerabilities.

The company said that users running multiple browsers can now check all of their browsers in a single scan using BrowserCheck and fix any vulnerable or out-of-date components individually, regardless of the browser.

Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek said: “Windows users can also select an option to run system checks that analyse anti-virus, firewall and Windows updates settings. Recommended actions are displayed on a separate tab (System Checks) in the results.” 

The business edition includes a new asset tab that organises BrowserCheck scan data by asset, making it easier for IT administrators to identify which assets have insecure components. This data is then sorted by the number of issues, time of last scan, IP address, platform, user and asset name, and it can be filtered by browser type and plug-in, to help administrators investigate issues affecting subsets of assets.

Kandek said: “Clicking on an asset drills into the detail of the latest scan, and a drop-down allows you to see the same detailed drill-down of previous scans run on the asset. Anywhere you can see information on a specific asset, you can choose to ignore the asset and it will be removed from the data set. This is useful when a user in your organisation forwards your organisation's BrowserCheck URL to someone outside the organisation, whose system you don't want to track.”

The dashboard also now features a 'Current Status of Windows Assets' to show the top ten insecure assets in the organisation, as well as a graph summarising the security status of all assets.

In other news, former White House cyber security coordinator Howard Schmidt has joined Qualys' board of directors. Schmidt retired from the Obama administration last month after serving two and half years in the position, during which time he unveiled the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative for securing government and private industry networks; launched the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyber Space; and made moves to tackle the prevalence of botnets and protect power grids from attack.

Qualys said that he will lend his expertise and guidance to help the company expand its presence in the federal government and further build industry collaboration efforts through the CSO Interchange, which he co-founded with Qualys CEO and chairman Philippe Courtot in May 2004.

Schmidt said: “By delivering security and compliance services through the cloud, Qualys has been a leader in helping organisations and government agencies monitor and protect against the constantly changing threat landscape. I look forward to working with the Qualys team on the new security challenges that businesses and government agencies are facing today so we can arm them with the best solutions to enhance their security and compliance posture.”

Courtot said: “Howard is internationally known and respected for his vision and contributions to improving corporate and government security. We are honoured to welcome him to our board of directors and gain his valuable insight and guidance to expand our cloud security and compliance offerings to better serve the public and private sectors.”

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