AMTSO - Board of Directors

  1. Simon Edwards (Chairman)
  2. Jose M. Fernandez (Secretary)
  3. Mark Kennedy
  4. Roel Schouwenberg
  5. Gabor Szappanos
  6. John Hawes
  7. Dmitry Gryaznov
  8. Luis Corrons
  9. Eddy Willems

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards - Chairman

Simon Edwards is the Technical Director of Dennis Technology Labs, an independent security product testing facility that evaluates personal and business security technology, including hardware and software. Edwards was formerly Technical Editor at Computer Shopper magazine.  







Jose M. Fernandez


Jose M. Fernandez

José M. Fernandez is an assistant professor in the Computer & Software Engineering Department of the École Polytechnique de Montréal since 2004. He leads the Research Laboratory for
Information Systems Security (SecSI). His research interests include:


      • experimental security products performance analysis methods
      • malware analysis, command and control methods of botnets
      • Denial-of-Service attacks (DoS)
      • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
      • Physical security systems
      • Security of control systems of critical infrastructure


Dr. Fernandez has several years of professional experience in the area of computer security within industry and government. He holds a double bachelor's degree from MIT in Mathematics and Computer Engineering, a Master's in Cryptology from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Quantum Computing from the Université de Montréal. Dr. Fernandez has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) since its inception.



Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy

Mark joined Symantec as an engineer in 1991, and spent his first nine years there working on Norton Utilities before making the transition to computer security. In 2001, Mark developed

Throughout his tenure in the security industry, Mark has been increasingly concerned with method of testing security software. In May of 2007, Mark presented a paper on Dynamic Testing at the first CARO workshop in Iceland. Mark's engagement with other AV Vendors and testers led to the formation of the AMTSO in Bilbao, Spain in January, 2008. Mark has been actively involved with AMTSO since its inception.Symantec's Script Blocking technology in response to Java Script and VB Script based threats, and presented a paper on it at Virus Bulletin. In 2002, Mark became the architect on the Anti-Virus engines, and moved to head up Symantecs Behavior Blocking engines in 2004.




Roel Schouwenberg

Roel SchouwenbergRoel Schouwenberg is a Senior Anti-Virus Researcher with Kaspersky Lab.
Roel has nearly a decade of malware research and analysis experience. He monitors the state of malware in North America providing advanced analysis of malware.
Roel focuses on classic virus techniques that are used in today's malware and improving proactive detection capabilities. He conducts research into file format parsing vulnerabilities such as malicious PDFs and is also heavily involved with the issues of anti-malware testing and is one of the founding members of AMTSO.






 Gabor Szappanos

Gabor SzappanosGabor graduated from the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest with a degree in physics. His first job was in the Computer and Automation Research Institute, developing diagnostic software and hardware for nuclear power plants.

Gabor started antivirus work in 1995 and has been developing freeware antivirus solutions in his spare time. He also did on-contract work in developing the Virus ALERT for Macros product family. He was also an editor of a Hungarian magazine, Uj Alaplap, running the section "Virus Patrol", until the magazine discontinued.

He joined VirusBuster in 2001 where he was responsible for taking care of macro virus and script malware. Since 2002 he has been the head of the virus lab. He is a frequent speaker at antivirus conferences and has authored several articles on malware analysis. Since 2008 he is a member of the board of directors of AMTSO. He joined Sophos in 2012, working as a Principle Malware Researcher.



John Hawes

John Hawes
John is Technical Consultant and Test Team Director at Virus Bulletin. His work there includes running the VB100 testing and certification system, which he has maintained since joining the company in 2006, much of the time single-handed. He also produces product reviews and resources for the VB website, and in the little free time left over takes on freelance writing work, covering a range of security topics.

John graduated from the University of Oxford in 1999, and after a brief spell testing educational software at Research Machines he moved to the test lab at Sophos in 2000, specialising in testing on non-Windows platforms. He now has over a decade of experience testing anti-malware solutions, has spoken at security conferences and has been a keen contributor to the efforts of AMTSO from the early days of the organisation.



Dmitry Gryaznov Dmitry Gryaznov

Dmitry Gryaznov graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1984.

Dmitry is one of the pioneers in the area of computer anti-malware research, working in that field since mid-1980s.

Among his many accomplishments are ground-breaking research in anti-malware heuristics and "in-the-cloud" detection methods. Currently Dmitry is a Senior Research Architect with McAfee Labs.






Luis Corrons

Luis has been working for Panda Security since 1999. He started in the technical support department, helping home and corporate users with virus incidents. A year later, he joined the international technical support team assisting Panda’s technical support belonging to their partners distributed over 50 countries around the world. In 2002, he became PandaLabs’ director as well as malware alerts coordinator in worldwide infection situations, dealing with worm such as Klez, SQLSlammer, Sobig, Blaster. Sasser, Mydoom, etc. During this time, he has coordinated several automated projects related with malware, such as the automatic analysis and response system, and the malware automatic information system.

His first contact with computers was at the age of 4, with a Sharp MZ-80K, which he started Basic language programming with. His main hobbies are his wife Nerea, his dog Robin and his work as well as chess and videogames.

Eddy Willems

Eddy Willems

The Belgian Eddy Willems studied Computer Sciences at IHB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He started working as a Systems Analyst in 1984. He did also some data recovery work in those early days. In 1989 he became interested in malware because of an incident with the famous AIDS-diskette. He has been active in the field of IT security for over two decades. In that period, he has worked for influential institutes, such as EICAR, of which he is a co-founder and the director of external security industry relationships, several CERT associations, and the organization behind the Wildlist as well as for commercial companies, such as NOXS and Kaspersky Lab.

In his position of Security Evangelist at G Data, Eddy Willems forms the link between technical complexity and the user. He is responsible for a clear communication of G Data’s Security Labs towards the security community, press, distributors, resellers and end users and often speaks at international security conferences like Virus Bulletin, EICAR, InfoSec , etc ... He also acts as a contact for law enforcement agencies. Eddy has a particular interest in educational projects designed to increase the security awareness of young users. When Eddy is not busy with his work, he enjoys life with some nice French wines and food or he tries to find the latest technology gadgets.