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World-Renowned Internet Society Elects Qualys CEO to Board of Trustees
Philippe Courtot to Offer Experience and Expertise to Organization Dedicated to the Advancement of the Internet
"The Internet Society is honored to welcome Philippe Courtot to our Board of Trustees," said Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society. "Philippe's contributions and commitment to the technology community over the last thirty years have ranged from life-saving benefits to life-enhancing improvements. His international perspective, business leadership, and visionary outlook will be a tremendous value to our organization."
The Internet Society is an open membership organization with over 10,000 individual and more than 150 organization members throughout the world that make up a veritable "Who's Who" of the Internet community. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). The Internet Society also organizes the well-respected INET conference and numerous other workshops and forums throughout the year. The 20-member Board of Trustees is the Internet Society's governing body and is responsible for all affairs of the organization worldwide. Trustees are elected for a three-year term.
Courtot brings to the Internet Society a long history in the technology business community and a track record of innovation. French and Basque born, Courtot began his career in healthcare, where in 1977, as CEO of Thomson CGR Medical, a medical imaging company, he received the Benjamin Franklin award for his role in the creation of a nationwide advertising campaign promoting the life-saving benefits of mammography.
By the early 1990s, Courtot recognized that the Internet was the new technology frontier for both business and human interchange. The Internet would simplify the deployment and cost-effectiveness of business applications as well as create an environment for community collaboration, significantly impacting society on a planetary dimension. Over the past 12 years, Courtot has harnessed the Internet to transform numerous small, innovative companies into market leaders. He converted an unknown company of 12 people, cc:Mail, into the dominant e-mail platform provider, achieving a 40% market share while competing directly against IBM and Microsoft, and successfully sold the company to Lotus in 1991. He then went on to re-engineer Verity into the leader in enterprise knowledge retrieval solutions and direct the company's initial public offering in November 1995. After that, he repositioned Signio, an electronic payment startup, into a significant e-commerce company that was subsequently acquired by VeriSign in a purchase transaction worth in excess of one billion dollars.
Today, as Chairman and CEO of Qualys, Courtot leads the next generation of network security, capitalizing on the Web's automation, accessibility, and scalability to deliver Managed Vulnerability Assessment (MVA). The company's QualysGuard service enables organizations of any size to continuously audit their networks, identify threats that could be exploited by intruders, and eliminate risks before they compromise organizations' data assets, business continuity, and corporate reputations.
"It is gratifying to be elected to an organization that has achieved the international recognition and prestige of the Internet Society, and I look forward to playing an integral role in supporting its agenda," said Qualys Chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot. "Over the last decade, Internet technology has played a crucial role in enhancing the lives of so many people around the world. I am pleased to have played a part in advancing various technologies through Internet delivery, making critical solutions available to anyone, anywhere."
About the Internet Society: The Internet Society <http://www.isoc.org/> is a non-profit, non-governmental, open membership organization whose worldwide individual and organization members make up a veritable "Who's Who" of the Internet industry. It provides leadership in technical and operational standards, policy issues, and education. ISOC hosts two annual Internet conferences, trains people from all over the world in networking technologies, conducts workshops for educators, and publishes an award-winning magazine, OnTheInternet.
ISOC provides an international forum to address the most important economic, political, social, ethical and legal initiatives influencing the evolution of the Internet. This includes facilitating discussions on key policy decisions such as taxation, copyright protection, privacy and confidentiality, and initiatives towards self-governance of the Internet. The organizational home of the International Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the Internet Engineering Steering Group, and the Internet Research Task Force, ISOC sets the standards for the Internet community. More information on ISOC is available at www.isoc.org
About QualysWith 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.
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