Qualys has announced a series of product launches and enhancements, spearheaded by a small business version of the company's suite of integrated security and compliance solutions.

Named QualysGuard Express Lite, it said that this cloud offering allows SMBs to protect themselves against attacks and simplify the compliance process.

According to the company, this delivers the full power of the QualysGuard Cloud Platform and includes the ability to discover network vulnerabilities and issue the patches to fix them, do web application scanning, website malware detection and PCI compliance automation via self-assessment questionnaires, which are automatically submitted to acquiring banks online.

Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, said: “Our mid-sized customers have been using QualysGuard Express due to its ease of use and actionable security results that help organisations fend off cyber attacks and avoid data breaches.

“The new Express Lite offering will be ideal for small business customers who have limited IT resources and need a comprehensive security and compliance monitoring solution that is simple to use and fits within their budget.”

The company has also revealed the availability of cloud-based customisable questionnaires in the QualysGuard Cloud Platform and suite of integrated solutions for security and compliance. This allows businesses to use it to centralise and automate the vendor risk assessment process and ensure that service providers and IT suppliers do not disrupt or hurt business performance, the company said.

It also proves compliance across multiple regulations or standards, including ISO 27002 Section 10.2, FFIEC and GLBA IT Security Handbook, HIPAA - (§ 164.308(b)(1)) and PCI DSS 2.0.

Courtot said: “Our new customisable questionnaire service extends QualysGuard's capabilities for mapping and scanning, with an easy-to-use and cost-effective cloud-based approach to manage non-IT controls with support for authoring, distributing, completing, collecting and documenting surveys.”

Finally, Qualys revealed details of the integration of the QualysGuard Private Cloud Platform with VCE Vblock Systems, which will see the fully virtualised QualysGuard software stack pre-installed and pre-configured on the VCE Vblock System to help users secure their networks from cyber attacks and to automate compliance.