- John Hawes (Chairman)
- Mark Kennedy
- Eddy Willems
- Peter Stelzhammer
- Dodi Glenn
- Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky
- Glaucia Young
- Simon Edwards
- Righard Zwienenberg
John Hawes (Chairman)
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.
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.
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.
Dodi has been working in the Cyber Security space for over 11 years. Dodi has led both malware research and software development teams over the past 6 years.
Dodi brings a wealth of information from real world experiences, having been a malware researcher, Software Developer, Product Manager, and Senior Manager, working at companies such as Sunbelt Software, GFI Software, ThreatTrack Security, and most recently, PC Pitstop. He is currently the Vice President of Cyber Security for PC Pitstop.
Vyacheslav joined Kaspersky Lab in 2007 as a virus analyst. He later rose to become a senior virus analyst then a leading virus analyst in the heuristic detection group, where his work was related to the detection and removal of polymorphic viruses, as well as the detection of packed and protected objects.
In 2013 Vyacheslav was appointed head of the vulnerability research group, with his primary focus on studying exploits and developing better protection against them. In 2014, he became head of Kaspersky Lab’s anti-malware team. This role gives him responsibility for all issues relating to detection quality and false-positive rates.
Vyacheslav has a Bachelor’s degree from Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology and a Master’s degree from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. He has also earned an MBA in Global Finance and Banking from the Swiss Business School.
Glaucia Young is an engineering manager at Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC). Since 2011, Glaucia has been leading MMPC’s efforts to help protect billions of computers from malware through delivery of high quality anti-malware products and services, using innovative testing strategies and data-driven engineering. Glaucia has worked for more than 18 years in the technology industry, holding various roles in testing/QA, software engineering, data science, and management in Microsoft US.
A native of Brazil, Glaucia has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) and a Master’s degree from Universidade de Campinas (UNICAMP – São Paulo).
An IT journalist between 1995 and 2010, Simon worked on the UK’s biggest computer magazine titles. At Dennis Publishing these included titles such as Computer Shopper, PC Pro, Computer Active, Web User, Mac User and IT Pro.
Simon’s areas of expertise is anti-malware testing and he was, until the end of 2015, Technical Director of Dennis Technology Labs, an independent security testing business that was part of the Dennis Publishing media company. He then founded SE Labs, which specialises in advanced security testing. He also provides technical advice to a number of specialist security companies.
A founder member of the Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), Simon was chairman of its Board of Directors between 2012 and 2015. He continues to serve on AMTSO’s Board of Directors.
Zwienenberg started dealing with computer viruses in 1988 after encountering the first virus problems at the Technical University of Delft. His interest thus kindled, Zwienenberg has studied virus behavior and presented solutions and detection schemes ever since. Initially he started as an independent consultant, in 1991 he co-founded CSE Ltd. where he was the Research and Development Manager. In October 1995, Zwienenberg left CSE and one month later he started at the Research and Development department of ThunderBYTE. In 1998, Norman Data Defense Systems acquired ESaSS and Zwienenberg joined the Norman Development team to work on the scanner engine. In 2005 Zwienenberg took the role of Chief Research Officer at Norman. After AMTSO – Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization – was formed, Zwienenberg was chosen as its president. He is serving as a Vice-President of AVAR and on the Technical Overview Board of the WildList. Zwienenberg left Norman in 2011 looking for new opportunities and started as a Senior Research Fellow at ESET, spol. s r.o. In April 2012 Zwienenberg stepped down as President of AMTSO to take the role as CTO. He also is the Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of IEEE’s ICSG. Since April 2015 Zwienenberg returned as President of AMTSO.
Zwienenberg has been a member of CARO since late 1991. He is also vice-president of AVAR. 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, etc – and general security seminars. His interests are not limited to malicious code but have broadened to include general security issues and encryption technologies over the past years. His hobbies include but are not limited to being a Trekkie, playing the drums, magic and illusions and balloon modelling.