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Qualys Advisory Board Member Becky Bace Honored as One of the Five Most Influential Women in Information Security

Information Security Magazine Selects Bace from More Than 150 Nominees

Redwood City, CA — September 10, 2003 — Qualys™, Inc., the market leader of on-demand Network Security Audits and Vulnerability Management, today announced that its advisory board member, Rebecca “Becky” Bace, has been selected as one of the top five most influential women in information security by Information Security Magazine. In the first annual “Women of Vision” list, which appears in the September 2003 issue, the magazine profiles 25 women whose contributions have helped shape the information security industry. Information Security’s editorial staff chose the honorees from a pool of more than 150 nominees.

Bace and the other Women of Vision will be honored at a special ceremony at the Alta Associates Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy in Fort Myers, Florida, on September 11, 2003. Bace will deliver the closing keynote presentation at the conference.

“I have known Becky since she was at the NSA leading the intrusion detection research program. Since then, we have worked on numerous projects together,” said Howard A. Schmidt, Qualys Board Member and former Security Advisor to the President. “Becky has a very unique view of the world and an overall concern for the security industry as a whole. I am fortunate to be able to work so closely with such an amazing and smart woman and always view her as the ‘Grande Dame of Intrusion Detection.’” “Becky takes being a security expert to a new level. She not only understands the technical details and difficulties, but the business issues as well,” said Philippe Courtot, CEO of Qualys. “Becky has been on Qualys’ Advisory Board since 2000. She was one of the first security experts to really get my vision of delivering security on demand as a web service. She has been an extremely valuable resource in helping bring my vision to life.”

About Becky Bace

Well known as a security technology expert, author, and entrepreneur, Bace is CEO of Infidel, Inc., a network security consulting practice, and Venture Consultant with Trident Capital, a leading venture capital firm known for its security portfolio. In addition, she plays an active role on the technical advisory boards of Trident companies Qualys, Inc. and Sygate Technologies.

Prior to Infidel, Bace spent 12 years at the National Security Agency (NSA). She built the NSA’s intrusion detection research program, an accomplishment that earned her the agency’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 1995. While at NSA she played a pivotal role in the 1995 detection, trace back, and apprehension of Kevin Mitnick, the FBI’s most wanted computer criminal at that time. She is also credited with building a strong national network that connected many of the early network security researchers and providing connections to that network for the benefit of agencies such as the Air Force Information Warfare Center and the FBI’s first Computer Crime Squad. After NSA Bace worked as the deputy security officer for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s computing division. She has authored several books, including Intrusion Detection (Macmillan, 2000) and NIST’s Special Publication on Intrusion Detection (SP800-31), and co-authored Forensic Testimony: A Guide for Technical Experts (Addison Wesley, 2002).

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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