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SEC Charges Former Qualys Executive With Insider Trading


The SEC has charged former Qualys Chief Commercial Officer Amer Deeba with insider trading. Under terms of a settlement, Deeba is expected to pay a $581,170 penalty and barred from serving as an officer or director of any SEC-reporting company for two years.

Deebra allegedly tipped off his brothers in advance Qualys announcing weaker-than-expected financial results in April 2017, thus helping those brothers avoid losses of over half a million dollars.

The settlement, in which Deebra neither admits nor denies the allegations, is subject to court approval. After 17 years at Qualys, Deeba resigned his position as a senior leader and officer earlier this month.

Qualys is a cloud security solution provider that works closely with channel partners. For instance:

Still, the channel model could get tricky. The reason: Qualys earlier this year signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire Second Front Systems — a channel partner and IT consulting firm in the federal government sector. Although the move could help Qualys to better serve government agencies, it also risks creating channel conflicts that may alienate some partners, MSSP Alert believes.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.