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Qualys Wins "Security Product of the Year" in the CNET Networks UK Technology Awards Programme

Award underscores the value that “Software-as-a-service” approach brings to Security

London — September 28, 2005 — Qualys, the leading provider of on-demand vulnerability management solutions, announced today that it has won “Security Product of the Year” in the CNET Networks UK Technology Awards.

The awards recognise innovation, application and excellence in technology and business in the UK across all sectors and technologies. The Awards Judging Council comprised senior practitioners and experts from the technology industry and media. Running for the third successive year, this awards programme received over three hundred entries this year. Other solutions short listed in the category “Security Product of the Year” came from Netintelligence, Scansafe, Avoco Secure and Centennial Software.

Philippe Courtot, CEO of Qualys, received the award in person at a gala dinner held last night at the Hilton in Park Lane and attended by over 550 industry professionals.

“This award demonstrates the growing success of our “software as a service” approach to vulnerability management. As networks become ever more interconnected, establishing security standards, implementing processes to identify vulnerabilities continuously and complying with regulations is becoming an absolute necessity. Increasingly organisations - small and large - are turning to a “Software as a Service” or on-demand solution to help them manage their network security. This removes the hurdles of installing and maintaining complex security applications across multiple locations.” Said Philippe Courtot, CEO of Qualys.

QualysGuard technology is entirely web-based and requires no costly installation or maintenance. Its ease of deployment and efficiency have contributed to a 90% increase in Qualys European sales over the last year. Many major blue chip organisations have chosen or deployed Qualys in this time including: Sony, ICI, Novartis, AXA, 3i, Baillie Gifford, Investec, Man Financial, Royal Mail Group, HMV, Burberry’s, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi Sodexho, Standard Chartered Bank, ARUP, The Financial Ombudsman and Mars. Worldwide Qualys now has more than 2,000 customers – 600 of these based in Europe and more than 250 Global 2,000 organisations.

Commenting on the award, Tom Bureau, Managing Director of CNET Networks UK, said “We are pleased to acknowledge the role that Qualys is playing in shaping the future of the security industry in the UK.”

This award is the third significant accolade Qualys has received in the UK this year. Qualys won the SC Magazine European Excellence award for “Best Small Business Security Solution” as well as the IDG Network Award 2005 for “Best Service of the Year for Network Protection”.

Details of the awards and other winners can be seen at www.cnetnetworks.co.uk/awards

About Qualys

With more than 2,000 subscribers ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, Qualys has become the leader in on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance. The company allows security managers to strengthen the security of their networks effectively, conduct automated security audits and ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations. Qualys’ on demand technology offers customers significant economic advantages, requiring no capital outlay or infrastructure to deploy and manage. Its distributed scanning capabilities and unprecedented scalability make it ideal for large, distributed organisations. Hundreds of large companies have deployed Qualys on a global scale, including AXA, DuPont, Hershey Foods, ICI Ltd, Novartis, Sodexho, Standard Chartered Bank and many others. Qualys is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with European offices in France, Germany and the U.K., and Asian representatives in Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea and the Republic of China. For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.

About CNET Networks UK

CNET Networks UK is a part of CNET Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: CNET, www.cnetnetworks.com), a leading interactive publishing company headquartered in the US, with offices in 12 countries globally. The UK office was established in 2003. CNET Networks UK focuses on the business technology and personal technology categories through four UK-focused websites: Builder UK (www.uk.builder.com), silicon.com (www.silicon.com), ZDNet UK (www.zdnet.co.uk), and the newly launched CNET.co.uk (www.cnet.co.uk). CNET Networks UK also delivers one-to-one services through its direct marketing arm CNET Direct; and events through European Technology Forum.

For further information please contact: Helen Cooke, Marketing Manager, CNET Networks UK - 07970 403 061 - helen.cooke@cnet.com


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