Distinguished Global Authority on Internet Security and Critical Infrastructure to Bring Public Sector Expertise and Help Expand Industry Collaboration
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 26, 2012 – Qualys®, Inc., a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, today announced that Howard A. Schmidt will join the Qualys Board of Directors. Schmidt, with a distinguished career record spanning 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement, was appointed in December 2009 as President Obama’s White House Cyber-security Coordinator, from which he announced his retirement in May 2012. Now he joins the Qualys Board of Directors to lend his expertise and guidance to help the company expand its presence in the federal government and further build industry collaboration efforts through the CSO Interchange, which he co-founded with Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, in May 2004.
“By delivering security and compliance services through the cloud, Qualys has been a leader in helping organisations and government agencies monitor and protect against the constantly changing threat landscape,” said Schmidt. “I look forward to working with the Qualys team on the new security challenges that businesses and government agencies are facing today so we can arm them with the best solutions to enhance their security and compliance posture.”
“Howard is internationally known and respected for his vision and contributions to improving corporate and government security,” said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO for Qualys. “We are honoured to welcome him to our board of directors and gain his valuable insight and guidance to expand our cloud security and compliance offerings to better serve the public and private sectors.”
The Qualys Board of Directors is led by Qualys chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot and includes: General Peter Pace, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for the U.S. Armed Forces; Sandra England Bergeron, chairman of the board for TraceSecurity and former executive at McAfee; Donald R. Dixon, managing director for Trident Capital; Jeffrey P. Hank, vice president and corporate controller for Intuit; and Yves Sisteron, managing partner and co-founder for GRP Partners.
About Howard A. Schmidt
Howard A. Schmidt has had a long distinguished career in defense, law enforcement and corporate security spanning more than 40 years, bringing with him experience in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations. Formerly the Special Assistant to the President and the Cyber-security Coordinator for the federal government, Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cyber-security policy development and implementation and coordinated engagement with federal, state, local, international and private sector cyber-security partners.
Previously, Schmidt was the president and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as vice president and chief information security Officer and chief security strategist for eBay Inc. He also served in the position of chief security strategist for the US CERT Partners Program for the National Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security.
Qualys, Inc., is a pioneer and leading provider of cloud security and compliance solutions with over 5,700 customers in more than 100 countries, including a majority of each of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. The QualysGuard Cloud Platform and integrated suite of applications helps businesses simplify security operations and lower the cost of compliance by delivering critical security intelligence on demand and automating the full spectrum of auditing, compliance and protection for IT systems and web applications. Founded in 1999, Qualys has established strategic partnerships with leading managed service providers and consulting organisations including BT, Dell SecureWorks, Fujitsu, IBM, NTT, Symantec, Verizon, and Wipro. The company is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).
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