AMTSO - Board of Directors

  1. Simon Edwards (Chairman)
  2. Mark Kennedy
  3. Roel Schouwenberg
  4. Gabor Szappanos
  5. John Hawes
  6. Luis Corrons
  7. Eddy Willems
  8. Thomas Wegele
  9. Peter Stelzhammer

Simon Edwards - Chairman


Simon Edwards

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.

 

 

 

Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy

 

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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 Schouwenberg

/>Roel 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 Szappanos

/>Gabor 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 Chief of Operations 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.

 

 

Luis Corrons

Luis Corrons

 

Luis Corrons has been working in the security industry since 1999, specifically in the antivirus field. He is the Technical Director at PandaLabs, the malware research lab at Panda Security. Luis is a WildList reporter, member of the Board of Directors at AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) and member of the Board of Directors at MUTE (Malicious URLs Tracking and Exchange). He is also a top rated industry speaker at events like Virus Bulletin, HackInTheBox, APWG, Security BSides, etc.
Luis also serves as liaison between Panda Security and law enforcement agencies, and has helped in a number of cyber criminal investigations.

 

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.


 

Thomas Wegele

Thomas Wegele

Thomas joined Avira in 2004, and spent his first three years in the technical department before he moved over to the Virus Lab where he was a Virus Researcher for five years. Since 2012 Thomas is leading the Avira Protection Labs Web Development providing internal and external web applications to fight against malware. He specializes in initiating/leading projects like MUTE, RTTL and Virex. Usability and the ease of use are two main values for him and his team.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Peter Stelzhammer

Peter Stelzhammer
 
Peter Stelzhammer started working in IT in 1989. After 5 years as the IT System Administrator of Alois Wild Group (Champion, Mexx, Benetton). Peter Stelzhammer became COO at Telesystem Tirol (an ISP and broadcasting company). He later set up the Kompetenzzentrum IT (IT Security Consulting). Whilst running this organisation he met Andreas Clementi, with whom he founded AV-Comparatives. Peter holds an MBA degree.
 
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