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IDG's InfoWorld Names Qualys' Gerhard Eschelbeck one of the "25 Most Influential CTOs" In 2002

InfoWorld’s December 9th Issue to Feature Leading Group of IT Executives

Redwood City, CA — December 3, 2002 — InfoWorld Media Group, the provider of in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies through its integrated online, print, research and events channels, today announced the “25 Most Influential CTOs” - which includes Qualys™, Inc.’s CTO & vice president of engineering, Gerhard Eschelbeck. The list consists of an exemplary group of IT executives whose innovative accomplishments stand out despite a challenging economic landscape.

Eschelbeck is an internationally recognized security and distributed systems expert that was selected for his significant contributions to the Internet security industry, most notably in automation of security applications. Eschelbeck introduced automation to the antivirus industry at McAfee Associates, continued his development of automated security products at Network Associates, and most recently has automated the process of vulnerability assessment at Qualys.

Eschelbeck’s latest technology innovation, the design and implementation of the QualysGuard platform, leverages a foundation of automation to solve the biggest challenges in the vulnerability assessment category: immediate and up-to-date knowledge of vulnerabilities, high scalability of scanning and complete accuracy and reliability of network security audits. With the increasing sophistication and shortened lifecycle of attacks, automating and auto-provisioning vulnerability assessment is critical in fighting the threats that define today’s security climate.

Eschelbeck’s technological vision has led Qualys to become the leading provider of vulnerability assessment with a customer base of more than 750 companies. Qualys operates the largest database of known vulnerabilities, with more than 2000 to date.

The December 9th issue of InfoWorld features in-depth profiles of each honoree. These influential IT executives represent diverse industries that have helped their companies generate revenue, introduced strategic innovation, streamlined processes and infrastructure, and have developed influence both inside and outside their companies.

The InfoWorld “25 Most Influential CTOs”
The “25 Most Influential CTOs” are an elite group of IT executives that represent diverse industries - from the auto and travel industries to security services and the U.S. federal government. Chosen by InfoWorld’s team of top editors using rankings from its CTO Advisory Council, these CTOs have succeeded in their influential roles by forging ahead despite a downturn, to build trust with innovative strategies, vision and exemplary accomplishments.

The “25 Most Influential CTOs:”
Boeing, Gene Rogers; Checkfree, Randy McCoy; Covisint, Kevin Vasconi; DISA, Dawn Meyerriecks; EDS, Terry Milholland; Fannie Mae, Julie St. John; Federal Government, Norman Lorentz; GE, Larry Biagini; General Motors, Tony Scott; Housing Works, Duane Ebesu; Keen, Inc., Mark Halstead; Kontiki, Wade Hennessey; LexisNexis, Allan McLaughlin; Merrill Lynch, John McKinley; Orbitz, Alex Zoghlin; PayPal, Max Levchin; Putnam Lovell NBF, Rodric O’Connor; Qualys, Gerhard Eschelbeck; Reuters, Mike Sayers;, Dave Moellenhoff; Sony Music Entertainment, Phil Wiser; Textron, Phyllis Michaelides; TiVo, James Barton; TruSecure, Peter Tippett; United Airlines, Rob Robless

Runners Up:
Golden Gate University, Anthony Hill; Island ECN, Will Sterling; 1-800-Flowers, Enzo Micali

About IDG’s InfoWorld Media Group
InfoWorld Media Group delivers in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies combined to deliver insight into vital business solutions through its integrated online, print, research and events channels. In an era when technology is more critical to business success than ever before, InfoWorld Media Group provides senior IT level expertise for executives such as CTOs and CIOs on how technology drives specific business benefits such as revenue growth, relationship management, and enhancing organizational efficiencies.

InfoWorld Media Group’s coverage of key technologies, products and trends that assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage is substantiated by original research done in InfoWorld’s $23 million, dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test center. Since 1978, InfoWorld has performed the industry’s most trusted testing of technology and products. To learn more about InfoWorld, go to

InfoWorld Media Group is a division of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG’s research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

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

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Tami Casey