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How to roll out Qualys effectively using ImagineX's best practices

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Tips for the Qualys Cloud Platform


Why ImagineX

ImagineX has worked with Fortune 500 firms to help them improve and gain the most out of their Qualys implementations since 2016. Our Qualys specialist consultants have over 50 years of collective experience as both former Qualys employees and platform customers.

Overview

The Qualys Cloud Platform deployment draws on ImagineX Consulting’s years of industry experience leading vulnerability management programs, cross-department remediation efforts within an organization, and deep knowledge of the Qualys suite of modules for the most appropriate and effective implementation. Whether an organization is ramping up its vulnerability management program for the first time or simply replacing a vulnerability management toolset, our rollout service helps organizations of all varying sizes and complexity to leverage the Qualys Cloud Platform to its fullest potential quickly.

The engagement will assess business objectives, regulatory demands, program policies, network topology, user roles, and responsibilities and then develop and execute a rollout plan to meet those needs.

  1. Pre-Rollout Analysis: Determine the deployment plan by analyzing business needs and technology

  2. Configuration: Configure subscription, option profiles, add users, and deploy sensors

  3. First Scans and Discovery: Identify attack surfaces on the network, how hosts respond to scans, fine-tune scanning for optimal performance

  4. Operationalize: Establishes regular scanning, reporting, and remediation practices

  5. Transition: Train staff on proper care and maintenance of the platform

Our Approach

We approach the Qualys Cloud Platform Rollout with four key goals in mind as they relate to an organization’s strategic business objectives, regulatory requirements, and industry best practices for vulnerability management. The rollout plans and recommendations streamline the vulnerability management process to deploy the Qualys Cloud Platform in alignment with best practices used by similar-sized companies.

  • Post Deployment: ImagineX evaluates Qualys scan completeness for comprehensive network coverage visibility and complete testing for each target host.

  • Authenticated Scan Coverage: ImagineX reviews the authentication posture for maximum visibility to illustrate a complete picture of risk for each target host

  • Scan Performance: ImagineX evaluates scan times, scan behavior, and scanner appliance performance for timely results.

  • Vulnerability Program: ImagineX reviews people and processes in place for Qualys to electively identify, prioritize, and remediate vulnerabilities.

Post Deployment

Following a successful deployment, ImagineX is ready to work with your organization to extend Qualys to tackle challenges such as cloud security, secure configuration compliance, application security, data insights, DevSecOps, third-party tool integrations, and more. ImagineX is available to provide our full or partial services to administer your organization’s vulnerability management program. We will work with your organization to identify and communicate the most significant risks through clearly defined metrics. We partner with responsible system owners to help prioritize vulnerabilities and advise on patch management strategies to reduce risk.


Benefits
  • Our Security Consultants are industry experts with years of experience to maximize the value of Qualys.

  • We partner with your organization to deploy Qualys by configuring it to meet your business needs and reporting requirements.

  • Working directly with your team we provide customized training to maintain and maximize your Qualys investment.

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