Qualys joins with StopBadware to fight malware on the Internet

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Qualys Inc., a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) IT security risk and compliance management solutions, announced Tuesday that the company is partnering with StopBadware, a non-profit anti-malware organization. The two organizations will leverage one another’s strengths to improve the web’s collective defenses against malware.

Qualys joins other vendors including Google, Mozilla, PayPal, Nominum, and Verizon in supporting StopBadware.

Qualys and StopBadware are of the opinion 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.

“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.”

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