Qualys VM Review

It is a totally vendor-managed appliance. It distributes administration functions based on access roles.


What is most valuable?

  • Totally vendor-managed appliance
  • Highly scalable and deployable portal interface
  • Ability to easily distribute administration functions based on access roles

How has it helped my organization?

It provides fully automated internal and external vulnerability management.

What needs improvement?

Streamline PCI integration and attestation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical staff are excellent.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Rapid 7. The product was not staying current with shifting trends, sales staff were pushy and management were arrogant.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was simple.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Negotiate for the pricing model that fits your budget. The vendor is willing to customize pricing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we evaluated Rapid 7, Nessus.

What other advice do I have?

Take your time and have each vendor set up an actual proof of concept, rather than just relying on a demo. Get your network and support staff engaged in the process early on because they will be instrumental in deployment and support. Know what you’re trying to accomplish.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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