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Internet Society Announces $100,000 Grant from Qualys

Qualys Joins Industry Leaders as Platinum Sponsor

Washington, D.C. — January 7, 2003 — The Internet Society (ISOC) today announced the receipt of a generous donation of $100,000 from Qualys™, Inc., the leader in automated vulnerability assessment. With this donation, Qualys becomes a Platinum sponsor of ISOC. The funds from the donation will be used to support and enhance the Society’s educational activities, particularly those focused on securing the Internet’s infrastructure to grow its commercial, social and educational value across the globe.

“Qualys’ grant will allow us to broaden our education and training efforts, which are fundamental to our mission of expanding the use of the Internet globally,” explained Lynn St. Amour, ISOC President and CEO. “Over the past nine years, thousands of professionals have been trained through our Network Training Workshops for Countries in the Early Stages of Internetworking. Our graduates have performed a vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in virtually every country that has connected to the Internet.”

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.

Qualys joins a number of industry-leading companies and innovators as a sponsor of ISOC, including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Cisco and others. The company brings to the Society a dedicated focus on Internet security. Today, Qualys enables more than 750 customers to automatically audit their Internet-connected networks for security vulnerabilities. Qualys’ fully automated infrastructure provides an ongoing picture of network exposures to help administrators detect, prioritize and resolve vulnerabilities before they are exploited by intruders.

According to Qualys Chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot, who also serves on the ISOC Board of Trustees, “The decision to fund ISOC’s education and training programs complements our goal to secure the Internet, from the protocol level to the application. It has become so apparent in recent years that advanced security, such as new generation Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), Internet Security (IPsec) and more, will be critical to the growth and development of the Internet. We are pleased to participate in this effort with ISOC to help continue its current education programs.”

IPv6 Forum President Latif Ladid, who is also an ISOC Trustee and Chairman of ISOC’s Fundraising Task Force, explained that this grant will allow ISOC to meet key outreach objectives. “The Internet Society is aggressively developing new education programs to specifically address IPv6 and IPsec for worldwide dissemination of vendor independent knowledge. Qualys has championed this large-scale initiative.”

For additional information on ISOC’s educational programs go to

About ISOC

The Internet Society ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open evolution, development and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world. It is the acknowledged champion and focal point for Internet self-governance, and it is the only organization with members who have been involved in all aspects of the Internet since its inception. The Internet Society has active members in 150 countries, and assumes a leadership role in developing and disseminating Internet policy on technical and societal issues, providing education and training for Internet professionals and generally representing the best interests of the Internet. All Internet Society activities are in support of the premise that the “Internet is for Everyone.”

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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