Interview: Philippe Courtot
Interview: Philippe Courtot

Qualys has thrown its weight behind the Trustworthy Internet Movement (TIM), an organisation that aims to solve the internet's most intractable security issues via collaboration and innovation.

The vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organisation has officially been launched at the RSA Conference in San Francisco and is now inviting participation and investment from across the industry.

The launch comes on the tenth anniversary of Bill Gates's memo that led to the foundation of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing.

Drawing on individual talent in large corporations, cloud providers and industry groups, as well as tapping into the resources of technology leaders and the venture capital community, TIM will fund and foster collaborative innovation through working groups; specialist knowledge from "the brightest and best in the industry" will be used to guide and support working group developments.

The founding principal of TIM is Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, who personally pledged $500,000 (£313,000) to get the initiative off the ground.

“With two billion people relying on the internet for much of their personal and business lives, it is incumbent upon the industry to put its collective heads together and resolve the problems of online security, privacy and reliability once and for all. This is no longer just an issue of technology but of society as a whole,” he said.

“We have a unique opportunity with the rapid spread of cloud-based services to leverage the power of the industry and the wider community of internet users to resolve the issues that are holding back the internet from fulfilling its true potential.”