Keynote address: One man's anti-malware researcher is...

Friday 2 October 15:30 - 16:10, All rooms

Costin Raiu (Kaspersky Lab)

In the 1975 novel Harry's Game, Gerald Seymour coined the oft-repeated phrase: "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

In a post-9/11 world, leaked top secret documents have exposed the unlimited expansion of the capabilities of intelligence agencies to hunt targets both online and in the physical world. If the real-world hunting has been extremely successful, in cyberspace they have hit a wall. This wall is represented by what were once known as "anti-virus companies".

Uncompromising security research has become more and more difficult, as intelligence agencies have targeted anti-virus software and security researchers. The world is filled with news about certain attacks, yet very few companies dare to write about them all.

Intelligence agencies and honest security companies have generally different goals — one might wonder if there is a door for compromise, or if this is turning into an escalating conflict. And if this is becoming a war, who is winning and who loses?

In this speech, Costin Raiu, helped by a mysterious "spook", will try to argue what the future holds for anti-malware companies vs spooks.

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Costin Raiu

Costin Raiu

Costin specializes in analysing advanced persistent threats and high-level malware attacks. He leads the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky that researched the inner workings of Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Careto and more recently, Carbanak and the Equation group. Costin has over 20 years of experience in developing anti-virus technologies and security research. He is a member of the Virus Bulletin Advisory Board and a member of the Computer AntiVirus Researchers' Organization (CARO). Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Costin worked for GeCad as Chief Researcher within the RAV anti-virus division. Costin joined Kaspersky Lab in 2000. Prior to becoming Director of the Global Research and Analysis Team in 2010, Costin held the position of Chief Security Expert, overseeing research efforts in the EEMEA region. Some of his hobbies include chess, high precision arithmetic, cryptography, chemistry, photography and science fiction literature.

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