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Qualys Board Member, Howard A. Schmidt, Appointed to the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board

Former White House Security Advisor and CISO of eBay Advises NIST, the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of OMB on Internet Security

Redwood City, CA — January 15, 2004 — Qualys, Inc., the market leader of on-demand security audits and vulnerability management, today announced that Howard Schmidt, a Qualys board member, has been appointed to the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB). Schmidt was the former security advisor to President George W. Bush and Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corporation. As a member of the ISPAB, Schmidt will advise the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on information security issues pertaining to Federal Government information systems.

“Howard Schmidt has made tremendous contributions to improving corporate and government security policies and procedures,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. “As the government continues working to address critical security issues, it will be essential to bring together the leaders in the industry that understand the complexity of the issues and can provide valuable insight,” he added.

“Howard Schmidt is a prominent security leader and visionary who is a great addition to our Board,” said Franklin Reeder, Chairman of the ISPAB. “His diverse background with eBay, Microsoft and as the White House security advisor brings expertise and experience to our already established Board. We look forward to Howard’s involvement in helping achieve our goal of enhancing information security.”

Originally created by the Computer Security Act of 1987, the main objectives of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board are:

  • To identify emerging managerial, technical, administrative, and physical safeguard issues relative to information security and privacy;
  • To advise the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on information security and privacy issues pertaining to Federal Government information systems, including thorough review of proposed standards and guidelines developed by NIST;
  • To annually report its findings to the Secretary of Commerce, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of the National Security Agency and the appropriate committees of the Congress.

About Howard A. Schmidt

Howard A. Schmidt has recently joined eBay as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer. He retired from the federal government after 31 years of public service. He was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House in December 2001. Prior to the White House, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., where his duties included CISO, CSO and overseeing the Security Strategies Group. Before Microsoft, Mr. Schmidt was a supervisory special agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. While there, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government. Before AFOSI, Mr. Schmidt was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was a city police officer from 1983 to 1994 for the Chandler Police Department in Arizona. Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management. (MAOM)

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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