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Qualys Launches UK Cloud Instance To Deliver Comprehensive Security And Insight For Government and Commercial Enterprises

Qualys launched its Qualys UK Cloud instance to help organisations in the country adopt cloud security locally. Qualys' cloud service helps companies and public sector bodies achieve their goals around security and visibility, and the new launch will help organisations that want to keep their data specifically in a UK location.

Investment into public cloud services is forecast to exceed total enterprise IT investment by 2026 according to Gartner. For organisations that operate in heavily regulated industries such as banking, oil and gas, or government, managing the location of their data has to be considered as part of any migration to the cloud. Alongside this, having the right security and compliance strategy in place is essential, so that these organisations can prove they have implemented all the necessary steps to achieve their goals. The Qualys UK Cloud platform will eliminate barriers to cloud migration, with the additional benefit of being built to UK Government cloud standards following the Cyber Essentials guidelines published by the National Cyber Security Centre.

"UK companies know security is a key priority, but with the volume and pace of threats constantly increasing, they often find it hard to know the steps they need to take to protect their operations. They also want to be sure that their data resides in the right location as they take advantage of multi-cloud environments" said David Stark, Security Portfolio Director at BT. "BT provides a range of managed security services which enable companies to holistically secure their estate, from knowing what assets they have through to active monitoring and remediation of threats. Qualys' UK cloud launch will expand the range of our services for those customers such as government and public sector organisations who require their data and operations to reside in the UK."

The Qualys UK Cloud allows organisations of all sizes to cover a range of security tasks including:

  • Automatically building a comprehensive global IT asset inventory across all an organisation's devices, from individual endpoints through to cloud services, web applications, software containers and other network-connected operational technology assets
  • Identify devices that connect to the network in real-time, checking their status and any potential vulnerabilities for remediation
  • Detect and prioritise vulnerabilities and misconfigurations across the IT estate, as well as supporting automated patching and remediation activities
  • Manage compliance and risk across multiple regulations and frameworks

Qualys uses a single lightweight Cloud Agent to cover scanning assets, while the Qualys cloud service can fulfil multiple security use cases for companies in one product. It comes complete with network sensors and cloud connectors, making it easier for organisations to cover their whole IT estate using one approach and consolidate their security.

"The UK is an innovation hub - it is one of the centres of global financial activity with a thriving fintech market, and it has one of the most forward-thinking governments when it comes to digital services. The National Cyber Security Centre have paved the way for businesses to adopt security by design as part of how they do business through the development of Cyber Essentials. Our new UK Cloud service will support organisations that want to adopt more cloud services but that want to manage the geographic location for their data securely so they can reduce risk and increase their levels of compliance in a cost-effective manner," said Matt Middleton-Leal, Managing Director EMEA North at Qualys.  

Published Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:10 AM by David Marshall
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