AMTSO is a member-driven organization, and all our activities are directed and steered by our members. You can find a full list of our current members here.
Members contribute to AMTSO through participation in discussions at our regular in-person meetings, and on our member mailing list and member website. Our Board of Directors (see below) is elected by and from the membership, and the Executive Team comprises mainly member volunteers.
AMTSO’s executive team drives the day-to-day operation of the organization. Comprised mainly of volunteers, the team is supported by paid contractors.
- Dennis Batchelder, President and CEO
- Brad Albrecht, CTO
- Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky, CFO
- Sharat Ganesh, CMO
- John Hawes, COO and Company Secretary (AMTSO Contractor)
- Scott Jeffreys, Standards PM (AMTSO Contractor)
Board of Directors
AMTSO’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteers elected from and by the AMTSO membership. The current Board members are as follows:
- Brad Albrecht
- Luis Corrons
- Simon Edwards (Chairman of the Board)
- Mark Kennedy
- Onur Komili
- Peter Stelzhammer
- Eddy Willems
- Glaucia Young
- Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky
Brad has been a security professional for over 20 years with experience leading and managing teams focused on protecting people and systems from malicious behavior.
During his nearly 15 years at Microsoft, Brad helped change the direction of security inside the company as it dealt with the realization it was on the forefront of the emerging threat landscape through his work on the cross company Security Taskforce, MSN Security Operations, Windows Defender, and Office Security.
He left Microsoft to help create CrowdStrike in its mission to defend against the emerging threat of well-funded adversaries and nation states attacking the US economy. Brad became AMTSO’s CTO in 2016, and joined the Board of Directors in 2018.
Luis Corrons has been working in the security industry since 1999, specifically in the anti-malware field. In 2018 he signed up with Avast as their Security Evangelist. Previously he was the Technical Director at PandaLabs, the malware research lab at Panda Security.
Luis has been always involved in malware investigations, such as the shutdown of the Mariposa botnet or the Operation Oil Tanker.
Luis is a top rated industry speaker, speaking at events like HackInTheBox, APWG, AVAR, Virus Bulletin, and Security BSides. In addition to being Avast’s Security Evangelist, 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).
Simon Edwards (Chairman of the Board)
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 rejoined the Board in 2016, and resumed his role as chairman later the same year.
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 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 Symantec’s Behavior Blocking engines in 2004.
Throughout his tenure in the security industry, Mark has been increasingly concerned with methods 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.
Onur is the veteran voice of 3rd party testing within Sophos, providing insight and guidance to SophosLabs, Engineering, Marketing, and the Senior Management Team thanks to his 12 years of experience at Sophos.
Starting on the front-lines, in Spam Analysis within SophosLabs for two years, followed by 6 years as a researcher on emergent web threats, Onur has led the 3rd Party Testing team for the past 4 years. Onur’s deep comprehension of not only testing but also the true risks and threats organizations and individuals face today is essential for valuable collaboration with 3rd parties.
Peter’s work in IT Security started in 1989. After 5 years working as the IT System Administrator of Alois Wild Group (Champion, Mexx, Benetton, Etienne Aigner), he became COO at Telesystem Tirol (an ISP and TV broadcasting company). Later he set up Kompetenzzentrum.IT (IT security consulting), which has customers all over the world. Whilst running this organization he met Andreas Clementi, with whom he founded AV-Comparatives.
Peter serves on the board of directors of the Tyrolean Cluster IT (Tyrolean government’s IT strategy group) for 6 years (reelected 3 times and ongoing) and also on the board of AMTSO. AV-Comparatives is a founding member of AMTSO and his goal is to help AMTSO grow and increase the communication between members.
Peter studied at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCI), the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck (LFU) and holds an MBA in General Management.
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.
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).
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.