Orca Security VS. Qualys TotalCloud

Learn why customers choose Orca over TotalCloud.

Orca Leads with a Purpose-Built Platform

Qualys has built on a core competency in vulnerability assessment, adding basic cloud discovery & configuration assessments and SOAR capabilities into Qualys TotalCloud. While this approach provides needed functionality, TotalCloud requires a complex mix of agentless configuration and several different agents to get there. Even with all of this configured & deployed, TotalCloud doesn’t match Orca’s to provide assessment & protection across VMs, workloads, control planes, data, API endpoints, and more.

A Purpose-Built Platform for Comprehensive Cloud Security

With Orca Security, you benefit from a purpose-built Cloud Security Platform that addresses all of your cloud risks and features our patented SideScanning technology that covers your entire cloud estate without agents.  Orca continues to innovate and provide visibility into wherever threats may live in your cloud environment, including everything from IAM to API endpoints.

TotalCloud is built from a number of different components, resulting in a complex deployment with a mix of agentless & agent-based approaches.  Once fully deployed, TotalCloud provides a less holistic view of risks to the cloud.

The Agentless Security pioneer

Orca’s patent-pending SideScanning technology quickly and easily scans all of your Linux and Windows workloads, including cloud VMs, containers and Kubernetes applications, and serverless functions. TotalCloud provides an agentless approach to vulnerability scanning but requires several agents to be deployed to get full functionality, complicating deployment and maintenance.  Orca provides you with instant-on security and complete coverage for all your workloads and applications that TotalCloud can’t match. Within the Orca UI, you can view detailed risk prioritization information about all of your assets with context to understand your greatest risks and the impact to your business.

A Unified Data Model

The Orca Platform brings all of your data into a unified, easily-queryable location. With Orca’s Unified Data Model, you can view assets, compliance status, risks, and security incidents from one dashboard.

Simple, Predictable Pricing and Best-in-Class Support

Orca takes a simple pricing approach that allows you to focus on securing your cloud environments and applications rather than worrying about a complicated mix of multiple different licenses. We’re also available when you need us to help you scale your business with confidence.


Compare Orca Security to TotalCloud


Orca Security Prisma Cloud


Easy Onboarding

Simple 3-step activation model scans your cloud accounts, assets, workloads, data, and identities across multiple clouds without having to deploy agents.

Complex Deployment

Mix of agentless and multiple agents means that you spend far longer deploying TotalCloud and more energy worrying about what you’ve missed.

Asset inventory


Continuously monitor public cloud services and configurations, entitlements and identities, workloads and applications, all from a single dashboard.


No coverage for identities, entitlements, API endpoints. Data classification limited to only data stored in S3 buckets.



65+ compliance frameworks with all data and policies shown in a single dashboard for seamless reporting.

Basic Coverage

Only covers CIS, cloud provider, and Qualys frameworks, leaving you to do all the work for the compliance frameworks that matter to you.

Attack Path Analysis

Automated and Interactive

Interactive dashboard, with automated impact score, surfaces toxic combinations of risks so teams can prioritize and fix the top 1% of issues. All risks mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK framework.

Very Limited

TotalCloud can’t show you how an attacker would exploit multiple steps to get to critical data; instead, it just shows which endpoints are exposed externally.

PII detection

Seamless and Comprehensive

Automatic detection of PII across all cloud resources.

Limited Detection

No detection outside of storage buckets.

Malware scanning


Signature and heuristic-based detection

No Scanning

While TotalCloud will identify vulnerabilities that might be exploited by malware, it doesn’t scan for the presence of these threats.

API Security

Simple and Comprehensive

Automated inventory of all interconnected APIs and web domains. Capabilities integrated with agentless SideScanning technology, nothing new to activate. Prioritize risks, including external exposure, mapped to OWASP API Security Top 10 and contextualized with all other risks.

No API Security

TotalCloud doesn’t assess exposed API endpoints or provide meaningful views of what is deployed & running.

Shift Left Security

Comprehensive with Context

One CLI and dedicated Shift Left Dashboard for viewing all of your container image and IaC scans. IaC coverage for a wide range of IaC platforms from Terraform, Cloud Formation, and Azure Resource Manager to Ansible to Kubernetes.

Limited Coverage

Limited IaC scanning (Terraform, Cloud Formation, and ARM only) No centralized policies means that pass/fail criteria are set for every job.