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Qualys offers free security scan for the new SANS Top 20

November 14th, 2006

Qualys has today the availability of a free network scanning service to help companies find and eliminate vulnerabilities listed in the annual SANS Top 20 update for 2006.

The SANS Top 20 is designed by the SANS Institute and security experts from industry and government to provide organizations with a prioritized list of newly discovered exposures to their networks.

“Our list of the top 20 vulnerabilities does no good at all unless companies discover whether their computers can be compromised and fix the ones that have the vulnerabilities,” said Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS. “I have been enormously appreciative of Qualys, both for helping to research the Top 20, and for making a free testing tool available that tells businesses and government agencies whether their systems are vulnerable to the Top 20.”

According to the Top 20 list, the shift from server-side to client-side vulnerabilities continues to be an increasing trend, as are attacks by cyber criminals for financial gain. And, according to the SANS Institute, there has been a significant surge in the number of online criminals in Asian countries, as well as Eastern European initiated attacks. As a result, several banks have reported 400 to 500 percent increases in losses to cyber fraud from 2005 to 2006.

Qualys´ free scan for the 2006 SANS Top 20 is available at https://sans20.qualys.com.

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