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"This is one of the best products I have worked with so far. I like the power of Qualys, and it's a better solution because you can scan a compact file, a BIT file, or batch files. The product already knows what's happening inside, and you don't need to expand the package. Tenable will do the same thing, but you need to have a package issuance claim. With Qualys, we can immediately understand the file, even a compact file. If there's some kind of discovery or incident, you will know what happened in the environment."

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"Intuitive and easy to use.""The initial setup is straightforward.""I like Qualys because it is a very complete product, more so than Tenable.""The most recent is VMDR, which provides a comprehensive overview of how to detect, patch, and remediate specific vulnerabilities.""Great web application security for scanning.""The initial setup was good. We didn't have any problems with it.""It is very easy to use and there are lots of options. We can usually easily go through it and all of the things we want to configure, and we can configure everything to our specifications very easily.""What I like about Qualys VM is the dashboard presentation. It's very good."

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"Integration could be better. When you think about scanning, it's not used just with this product alone but with other Qualys products. If you think about the bundle, the product itself is good. But integration with other products and packages has space for improvement. They should also offer a better price for bundles."

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"It's too early for me to say if there is any room for improvement since we're in the first couple of months of using this solution.""Reports were lacking somewhat on the customization side.""Sometimes we face a problem with accessing the tool and not getting an expected result. From a technology point of view, they need to look into this.""Qualys currently does not have any features for scanning SCADA, IoT, and Industrial Control Systems.""Its integration with ServiceNow and other similar products is complicated and can be improved. It should also have virtual batching. They should support more standards and compliance requirements and more customizations. For policy compliance, they can add the standards required by the countries in the Middle East. Each country generates its own standards and frameworks, and those frameworks should be there in all products, not only in Qualys. The market here is huge, especially in the cybersecurity field. Qatar has a framework for Qatar 2022, and each and every company in the public or private sector has to follow the Qatar 2022 framework.""Could use additional security for the app.""The reporting and the GUI need improvements.""We are moving away from Qualys to Defender ATP because I find that Defender ATP is much better at prioritizing the vulnerabilities that I should be looking at."

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  • "Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance isn't expensive right now. But the price for their product bundles could be better."
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  • "They have recently changed the pricing model, which is now better than it was before."
  • "It is different for every company, but for us, it's every three years."
  • "Qualys is cheaper and more affordable than other solutions."
  • "The pricing and licensing for Qualys could be improved."
  • "We do see over $100,000 in terms of price, for mid-size programs. You likely will pay more than $100,000 without any discount. It is a bit pricey."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Hi Yao, The two products are totally different solutions. Pentera is an Automated Penetration Testing platform acting as a pentester in your environment while Qualys VMDR is a Vulnerability… more »
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    The most recent is VMDR, which provides a comprehensive overview of how to detect, patch, and remediate specific vulnerabilities.
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    We pay a yearly fee for a license. They have very good discounts. That's why the price is okay for us. Generally, if we talk about the price without discounts, I do see a big peak in vulnerability… more »
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    The dashboard itself could be improved, while we can customize it, they can create different tabs where we can see the trending vulnerabilities, how many there are, or how many have been fixed, as in… more »
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    QualysGuard VM
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    Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance supports the same global scanning capabilities as our physical scanner appliance. The virtual scanner appliance is a stateless, disposable resource which acts as an extension of the Qualys Cloud Platform and is not a separately managed entity. This user guide describes how to get started with using a virtual scanner with your virtualization or cloud platform.

    Qualys Vulnerability Management (VM) is a cloud-based service that gives you immediate, global visibility into where your IT systems might be vulnerable to the latest Internet threats and how to protect them. It helps you to continuously identify threats and monitor unexpected changes in your network before they turn into breaches.

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    Sample Customers
    CapitalOne, Cisco, EdinBurg Airport, American State Bank, ClearPoint, Clickability, Commercial Bank of Dubai, ancestry, ebay, Euro Bank, Florida Department of Health, OneWest Bank, Frontier, Microsoft, Office Depot, Oracle, Standard Chartered, University of Idaho
    Agrokor Group, American Specialty Health, American State Bank, Arval, Life:), Axway, Bank of the West, Blueport Commerce, BSkyB, Brinks, CaixaBank, Cartagena, Catholic Health System, CEC Bank, Cegedim, CIGNA, Clickability, Colby-Sawyer College, Commercial Bank of Dubai, University of Utah, eBay Inc., ING Singapore, National Theatre, OTP Bank, Sodexo, WebEx
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance is ranked 20th in Vulnerability Management with 1 review while Qualys VM is ranked 5th in Vulnerability Management with 14 reviews. Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance is rated 9.0, while Qualys VM is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance writes "A powerful virtual scanner appliance that scans batch files, BIT files, and compact files". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Qualys VM writes "Excellent continuous monitoring, helpful technical support, easy to scale, and simple to install". Qualys Virtual Scanner Appliance is most compared with Microsoft Intune, Rapid7 InsightVM, Kenna.VM, Tenable Nessus and IronNet IronDefense, whereas Qualys VM is most compared with Tenable Nessus, Tenable SC, Rapid7 InsightVM, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps and Microsoft Intune.

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