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Psst, Mister, Scan Your Site for Malware – For Free?

The new free service, still in beta, is called QualysGuard Malware Detection

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Qualys, the 10-year-old SaaS security pioneer, has started offering to scan web sites for free looking for malware, a process that will let it build up its knowledge base on the scurvy code and kinda serve mankind at the same time.

But lest we get too altruistic, it's also got another new service called Go Secure with a snazzy Qualys SECURE seal and everything so businesses can demonstrate that they are taking proactive steps to root out security threats from their web sites.

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It tests web sites for malware and network and web application vulnerabilities, as well as SSL certificate validation. Still in Beta, Go Secure subscriptions start at $995 a year per web site

Anyway, Qualys' infrastructure can currently manage five million URLs a day and CEO Philippe Courtot doesn't blink an eye about scaling it to 100 million - it's all virtual anyhow.

The new free service, still in beta, is called QualysGuard Malware Detection and Courtot isn't limiting it to U.S. sites but does mention that U.S. web sites are responsible for propagating more malware on unsuspecting visitors than anybody else.

The detection widgetry Qualys uses is based on advanced behavioral and static analysis that's supposed to be good for near-zero false positives. The static analysis identifies source code typically used in malicious attacks, including encoded JavaScript, web bugs and character encoding inside of inline frames. Behavioral analysis identifies malicious behavior that occurs on visiting a site with an unpatched browser and operating system.

It monitors the unpatched machine for suspicious behavior, such as programs being installed and started or files being written to disk.

The service is supposed to provide businesses with automated alerts and in-depth reporting for remediating identified malware.

Qualys services are reportedly used by 4,000 organizations in 85 countries, including 42 of the Fortune 100 and perform more than 500 million IP audits a year. The company also has strategic agreements with managed service providers and consulting organizations such as BT, Etisalat, Fujitsu, IBM, I(TS)2, LAC, NTT, SecureWorks, Symantec, Tata Communications and Telus.

And it just cut a cloud deal for Trend Micro to repackage and sell its SaaS QualysGuard IT Security and Compliance Suite with Trend's Enterprise Security compliance offerings worldwide. A Trend Micro-branded version of QualysGuard is expected in Q2. An integrated solution from Trend Micro and Qualys is also expected in the second half as part of Trend Micro's hosted security portfolio.

See http://www.qualys.com/STOPMALWARE or http://www.qualys.com/GOSECURE.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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