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Qualys Partners with StopBadware to Help Combat Malware on the Internet

Philippe Courtot, CEO of Qualys, Joins StopBadware Board of Directors

Cambridge, Mass. and Redwood City, Calif., - March 29, 2011 - Qualys, Inc., the leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) IT security risk and compliance management solutions, announced today that it is partnering with the non-profit anti-malware organization StopBadware. The two organizations will leverage one another’s strengths to bolster the Web’s collective defenses against malware. Qualys joins industry leaders including Google, Mozilla, PayPal, Nominum, and Verizon in supporting StopBadware.

Qualys and StopBadware share the philosophy that information sharing and collective action are necessary to fight the spread of malware. Qualys will support StopBadware’s efforts to combat website infections by providing funding, along with access to Qualys’ automated malware detection service ( and other threat intelligence capabilities.

“Qualys’ track record as an industry leader is indisputable,” said Maxim Weinstein, StopBadware’s executive director. “The company brings not only considerable expertise to this partnership, but also data, research and tools that we at StopBadware are excited to utilize in expanding our reporting capabilities and strengthening our own initiatives to protect Internet users.”

StopBadware has, since its creation in 2006, worked to provide educational resources and an appeals process for webmasters whose sites have been blacklisted for badware content. Earlier this month, the organization released best practices that guide hosting providers in responding to malware reports. This report is available in full at

“StopBadware is a much needed initiative as fighting malware cannot be done by any proprietary solutions that do not share intelligence. It must be built as a community effort in order to share and be able to act on such information,” said Qualys Chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot. “This is exactly what StopBadware’s mission is all about and we are proud to be associated with such an initiative.”

Courtot, who has been with Qualys since 2001, has also enthusiastically accepted an invitation to join the StopBadware Board of Directors. “Philippe is a highly respected member of the security community whose vision and expertise make him an ideal addition to the StopBadware Board,” said Michael Barrett, CISO of PayPal and chairman of StopBadware. “Philippe is committed to advancing StopBadware’s mission, and the entire Board welcomes him to the table.”

The StopBadware Board of Directors is chaired by PayPal Chief Information Security Officer Michael Barrett, and includes Vint Cerf (Google), Esther Dyson (EDventure), Paul Mockapetris (Nominum), Mike Shaver (Mozilla), John Morris (CDT), and Executive Director Maxim Weinstein.

About StopBadware
StopBadware provides tools and information that assist industry and policymakers in meeting their responsibility to protect users from badware, and that help users protect themselves. It began as a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University before spinning off as a stand-alone nonprofit organization in 2010. StopBadware recently released a set of best practices for web hosting providers responding to malware reports. A report on the state of badware is expected in April of 2011. StopBadware is based in Cambridge, Mass. For more information, visit

About Qualys

Qualys, Inc. is the leading provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions – delivered as a service. Qualys’ Software-as-a-Service solutions are deployed in a matter of hours anywhere in the world, providing customers an immediate and continuous view of their security and compliance postures.

The QualysGuard® service is used today by more than 5,000 organizations in 85 countries, including 47 of the Fortune Global 100, and performs more than 500 million IP audits per year. Qualys has the largest vulnerability management deployment in the world at a Fortune Global 50 company, and has been recognized by leading industry analysts for its market leadership. Qualys was recently named Best Security Company in the Excellence Awards category of the 2011 SC Awards U.S.

Qualys has established strategic agreements with leading managed service providers and consulting organizations including BT, Etisalat, Fujitsu, IBM, I(TS)2, LAC, NTT, SecureWorks, Symantec, Tata Communications and TELUS. Qualys is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

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