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Qualys Establishes CSO Advisory Board

Industry Security Leaders Bring Qualys Real-World Expertise in Forging Security Policies and Implementing Security Best Practices

Redwood City, CA — February 24, 2004 — Qualys™, Inc., the market leader of on-demand Network Security Audits and Vulnerability Management, today announced the formation of its CSO Advisory Board to offer enterprise insight on security needs and strategic direction in the further development of Qualys’ vulnerability management web service. Howard Schmidt, former cyber-security advisor to the President and a Qualys Director, will chair the Board. Together, Qualys and its CSO Advisory Board will collaborate to address the real life business issues that CSOs face within their organizations.

“The role of the CSO is becoming more complex and involved in business requirements. Not only are these executives handling technology issues, but they are also managing the complicated business issues surrounding their organizations security, from the latest regulations to security spending challenges,” said Howard Schmidt, CISO of eBay and chairman of the Qualys CSO Advisory Board. “Qualys is taking a significant step in understanding the business needs of their customers, so that together, they can address the growing concerns that face today’s CSOs.”

The advisory board will be comprised of CSOs from leading global organizations including:

  • Howard Schmidt, CISO, eBay
  • Dennis Devlin, CSO, The Thomson Corporation
  • Stephen Hansen, ISO, Google
  • Lisa (LJ) Johnson, Global Information Security Manager, Nike
  • Daniel Klinger, Information Security Executive, Hershey Foods
  • Dr. John Meakin, Group Head of Information Security, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Paul Simmonds, Director of Global Information Security, ICI Plc.

Qualys’ CSO Advisory Board will meet quarterly to discuss security, business and regulatory issues that impact organizations. These discussions will directly impact new enhancements and features to Qualys’ real time security auditing and vulnerability management web services. “Listening and responding to the complex needs of our customers is the most effective way that we can help organizations overcome their network security challenges. We have developed the Qualys Advisory Board so that we can work closely with CSOs to leverage their expertise and experiences and better serve our customers,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. “These advisors offer real life experience in implementing security and will offer Qualys a valuable perspective on how to focus our web service to continue to address business requirements and regulatory issues.”

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

CSO Advisory Board Bios

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