Qualys VM Review

Vulnerability scanner with good dashboard presentation and clear reporting


What is our primary use case?

The primary use cases of this solution are as a scanner. We use it with Azure and AWS. For on-premises, we use physical scanners all over the globe. We have deployed our external scanners in approximately 70 regions.

What is most valuable?

What I like about Qualys VM is the dashboard presentation. It's very good.

The reporting capability and executive reporting are very good.

What needs improvement?

Customer support needs to be improved because it was not to our SLA standards.

Suddenly, the scan engine will go down. We don't know what the reason is, or how it goes down. Because of that, the business is impacted.

I had a look at the PCI reports  (policy compliance reports) and I have heard that most memberships have been taken by Azure, although I was not aware of that. I would like to see more documentation or awareness.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have worked with Qualys VM for the last two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The customer support is very bad. When we submit a ticket, we do not get a response immediately.

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

Previously, I have used Rapid 7 Nexpose. They are similar solutions although what Qualys is providing, it provides well but requires less. Qualys reporting is better.

Nexpose has upgraded too, and now their reporting is also very good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward and we didn't have any issues with it.

What other advice do I have?

If you are comparing Nexpose and Qualys, I would prefer Qualys. The UI is good and whatever reports you are getting, are very clear. If you present it to management, the reports are good. They require an executive report that highlights the vulnerability and how many servers are affected. You can customize it also.

Nexpose is coming out with new features, but Qualys has already implemented them.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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