Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued four patents to Qualys covering a variety of cloud agent functions.

The four issued patents, along with one pending continuation application, represent a patent family titled, System and Method for Performing Remote Security Assessment of Firewalled Computer, and claim priority back to a U.S. provisional application filed on August 15, 2008. Because of its very early priority date, this patent family has been cited on numerous occasions as prior art to the patenting efforts of other companies in the industry.

Low-footprint hosted agents

These four patents, namely U.S. Patent Nos. 8,281,396, 8,925,093, 9,432,392, and 10,015,187, cumulatively include over 100 claims of varying scope. The patents cover agents, including low-footprint hosted agents or host-less agents, which perform full security and compliance assessments of endpoints. The Qualys agents update endpoint assessments as changes occur and enable a cloud user to access the current posture of endpoints, even if the endpoints are offline or unreachable.

Cloud agent patent application

“In 2008, we were one of the first companies to file a cloud agent patent application, and we are honored that our decade of technology advancements is being recognized by the U.S. Patent Office,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO at Qualys.

Pending U.S. Continuation Patent Application No. 16/024,726, also with a priority date of August 15, 2008, gives Qualys the flexibility to obtain a further stream of patents that track advancements in the cloud agent space. Other Qualys intellectual property assets include those focused on compliance assessment, asset identification and tagging, vulnerability state change, log-based detection, endpoint monitoring, and various features of the Qualys Cloud Agent.

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