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Thursday 3 October 16:30 - 17:00, Red room

Righard Zwienenberg (ESET)
Eddy Willems (G DATA)

The problems malware causes for the cyber-ecosystem started three decades ago. Although some viruses are known to be older than that, they didn't really cause too much trouble. In these three decades we've had lots of (new versions of) operating systems and new versions of applications. Normally, one learns from mistakes made previously, but somehow in the cyber-ecosystem, it seems to be the exact opposite.

Eddy and Righard will take you on a scenic tour spanning three decades of malware, three decades of ecosystems and three decades of history repeating itself. Will we ever learn?

The presentation will contain (humorous) repeating events from the last three decades, but of course all with a serious undertone, and all backed up by six decades of combined experience of the two speakers.




Righard Zwienenberg

Zwienenberg started dealing with computer viruses in 1988 after encountering the first virus problems. His interest thus kindled he has studied virus behaviour and presented solutions and detection schemes ever since. Starting as an independent consultant, later as R&D Manager at CSE Ltd, as a researcher for ThunderBYTE, as Chief Research Officer at Norman, and currently as Senior Research Fellow at ESET. Over the years he has served in many extra roles in different industry organizations. Currently he is still serving on the board of AVAR, on the Technical Overview Board of the WildList and as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of IEEE ICSG. In 2018, Zwienenberg joined the Europol European Cyber Crime Center (EC3) Advisory Group as an ESET representative. Zwienenberg has been a member of CARO since late 1991. He is a frequent speaker at conferences – among these Virus Bulletin, EICAR, AVAR, RSA, InfoSec, SANS, CFET, ISOI, SANS Security Summits, IP Expo, Government Symposia, SCADA seminars - and general security seminars.



Eddy Willems

Eddy Willems is a known malware expert from Belgium. He is a board member of three security industry organisations, AMTSO, EICAR and LSEC, and is the resident Security Evangelist and Global Security Officer at G Data Software. He studied computer sciences at IHB and VUB and started working as a systems analyst in 1984. He became a founding member of EICAR, one of Europe’s first IT security organisations, in 1991. He has been active as an anti-malware technology expert for other security companies like Kaspersky Lab. In his role today, he gives presentations and seminars all over the world. Several CERTs, press agencies and publications (print, online and broadcast, e.g. CNN) use his advice regularly. In October of 2013, he published his first book in Belgium and the Netherlands, entitled Cybergevaar (Cyberdanger). In December 2015 he published a translated version of his book entitled Cybergefahr (Springer Spektrum) in the German-speaking countries. An English translation and update, Cyberdanger, is expected in early 2019.

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