Oops! It happened again!
Righard Zwienenberg & Eddy Willems, ESET & G Data
The problems malware causes for the ecosystem started 3 decades ago. Although some viruses are known to be older than that, they didn’t really cause too much trouble. In these 3 decades we’ve had lots of (new versions of) Operating Systems and new versions of applications. Normally one learns from mistakes made before, but somehow in the cyber-eco-system, seemingly it is exactly the opposite.
Eddy and Righard will take you on a scenic tour spanning 3 decades of malware, 3 decades of ecosystems and 3 decades of history repeating itself. Will we ever learn?
The presentation will contain (humorous) repeating events from the last 3 decades, but of course all with the intention to have a serious undertone, all backed up by the 6 decades of experience the two speakers have combined.
Eddy Willems (1962) is a known malware expert from Belgium. He is a board member of 3 security industry organizations AMTSO, EICAR, LSEC and 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 organizations 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 eg. CNN) use his advice regularly. In October of 2013, he published his first book in Belgium and the Netherlands, titled ‘Cyberdanger’ (Cybergevaar). In December 2015 he published an updated and translated version of his book titled ‘Cybergefahr’ (Springer Spektrum) in the German speaking countries. An English version is expected December 2018.