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Qualys Establishes Middle East Presence to Support Growth in the Region

Regional Base Aims to Support and Strengthen Customer and Partner Network and Support Capabilities

Dubai, UAE - February 16th , 2009 - Qualys®, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand security risk and compliance management solutions, today established its presence in the Middle East which will be based out of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This allows the company to expand and strengthen its customer and partner engagements in the region and provide local support to these organizations.

As online security threats continue to rise in the region, Qualys helps organizations of all sizes discover vulnerabilities, ensure regulatory compliance and prioritize remediation according to business risk — with no infrastructure to deploy or manage. Its robust security and risk management solutions are built on the company’s ‘Software-as-a-Service’ (SaaS) delivery model that offers ease-of-use, affordability and reduced complexity.

“We are very excited about our presence here as it marks an important step forward for our operations in the Middle East,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. “The Middle East is a key location for many of our multi-national customers and partners and we are seeing significant investments in security infrastructure across the region to support further growth. Given the tremendous potential that the region has, we are confident that our local presence will strengthen our relationships with customers while delivering best-of-breed security and compliance management solutions.”

Qualys is already well-established in the Middle East, where customers already benefit from the company’s security SaaS offerings.

Speaking about Qualys security solutions, Rinaldo Ribeiro, Sr. Manager and Head of IT Security for Commercial Bank of Dubai said, “The bank needed a more efficient way to ensure that our systems were always kept up to date. Moreover, we needed to demonstrate the highest levels of security internally and also because of current regulations such as PCI, maintaining the best security practices was imperative. We turned to a number of our trusted security service providers to find a solution. The company that looked the very best from the beginning was Qualys. Their product, QualysGuard is now an important building block of our network. We are very pleased to know that they now have a local presence.”

Additionally, Qualys has furthered its presence in the UAE by establishing a strategic alliance with Etisalat. QualysGuard on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance solutions are currently being offered to Etisalat's enterprise and SMB customers along with a bundled package catering to Etisalat's eHosting customers.

“QualysGuard plays a significant role in assessing and preventing online vulnerabilities in a cost-effective manner,” said Yaser Khamis Haggag, Manager of Security Performance, Security Operations and Maintenance, Etisalat. “Etisalat is delighted to partner with Qualys to offer this automated vulnerability and compliance management service in the UAE that is helping customers maintain a secure network and prevent cyber attacks.”

Originally introduced to the market nine years ago, QualysGuard, the company’s flagship platform, is now the world's widest deployed SaaS security solution. The company has constantly expanded and built upon its core offering of on-demand vulnerability management and is now providing an efficient security and compliance service to over 3,500 customers worldwide. The company's notable accomplishments and recognitions include:

  • Identified by IDC in its Worldwide Security and Vulnerability Management Software 2007– 2011 Forecast (published in August 2007) as having the second-largest revenue share for the Network Vulnerability Assessment software market in 2006
  • Named 2007 & 2008 “Best Audit and Vulnerability Solution” in the U.S. SC Magazine Reader’s Trust Awards and “Best Security Product” and “Best Vulnerability Assessment” in the 2007 Europe SC Magazine Awards
  • Recently signed new strategic agreements with leading managed services providers including BT, SecureWorks and Telus
  • Delivered the largest Vulnerability Management deployment with more than 220 appliances deployed in 53 countries at a Forbes 50 Global company

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc. is the leading provider of on demand IT security risk andcompliance management solutions - delivered as a service. Qualys'Software-as-a-Service solutions are deployed in a matter of hoursanywhere in the world, providing customers an immediate and continuousview of their security and compliance postures.

The QualysGuard(r) service is used today by more than 3,500organizations in 85 countries, including 40 of the Fortune Global 100and performs more than 200 million IP audits per year. Qualys has thelargest vulnerability management deployment in the world at a FortuneGlobal 50 company.

Qualys has established strategic agreements with leading managed serviceproviders and consulting organizations including BT, Etisalat, Fujitsu,IBM, I(TS)2, LAC, SecureWorks, Symantec, TELUS and VeriSign. For moreinformation, please visit www.qualys.com.

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