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Qualys Pumps $500,000 Into Net Security Collaborative

Trustworthy Internet Movement aims to accelerate progress against tough problems like botnets, cloud security, announced Qualys CEO in RSA keynote.
If 2011 was the year of the data breach, then 2012 will be "the year of data breaches to the power of two." So said Qualys CEO Philippe Courtot Thursday in a keynote he used to unveil his company's leadership in a nonprofit initiative that he hopes will help bring some sanity to Internet security in 2013 and beyond. Called the Trustworthy Internet Movement (TIM), the group will start up with $500,000 in seed money from Qualys, in an effort to more quickly mobilize against a changing threat environment.

"We are like the French fighting the German Panzers with the Maginot Line and French cavalry," he said. "So, not very effective against a motorized enemy."

Courtot reported that the initiative has already garnered the backing of security visionaries such as Vint Cerf who have the goal of tackling very targeted problems plaguing organizations today, such as botnets, inadequacies in SSL, and a lack of security participation in cloud deployments. The idea, he said, is to put the fast movers in security innovation together in a collaborative force that will allow them to circumvent some of the more staid machinery of security progress.

"We're not going to boil the ocean. We're going to pick our battles and the way that the Trustworthy Internet Movement will be judged is by how we can influence and get things done by not only integrating the papers and conferences and discussions, but also putting the right people together to sow these seeds and leverage new technology very quickly," Courtot said.

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