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David Banes   Kevin J. Houle
Matt Barrie   Sha-Li Hsieh and Oleg Petrovsky
Dr Vesselin Bontchev   Graham Ingram
Larry Bridwell and Jaime Yaneza   Yasuko Kanno
Eric Chien   Yasuhiro Kitaura
Peter Coroneos   Jimmy Kuo
Paul Ducklin   Scott Molenkamp
Allan Dyer   Nigel Phair
Nick FitzGerald and Sean McDonald   Robert Vibert
David Harley   Vincent Weafer and Richard Clarke

David Banes
Technical Director,
MessageLabs Asia Pacific

David Banes is MessageLabs’ Technical Director, Asia Pacific, based in Sydney, Australia. His responsibilities cover all technical areas related to the company’s email protection services. He is also MessageLabs’ regional media spokesman.

David has more than 14 years’ experience in the software security industry, where he has focused on anti-virus and Internet security solutions. His roles have included software development, customer support, product marketing and general business management.

For MessageLabs, he is responsible for building and expanding key relationships that generate revenue and secure market leadership among corporates as well as local, state and federal government agencies.

Before joining MessageLabs, David was Regional Manager of Symantec Security Response, Asia Pacific, where his team analysed (and developed solutions for) many of the high profile blended threats to appear in recent years. As an expert on malicious code and general IT security issues, he is a well-known industry spokesperson.

Prior to joining Symantec, he spent six years at Dr Solomon's, where he was instrumental in helping that UK-based anti-virus vendor establish a strong market presence in the UK and Europe. He was Vice President of Operations during the establishment of Dr Solomon’s in the USA.

David is Vice President of AVAR, (Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers), conference chair for AVAR 2003 in Sydney, Australia, and a founding member of the Australian Anti-Virus Research Forum (AAVRF), set up through and chaired by AusCERT.

David has a SANS GIAC certification and a strong background in all aspects of the industry, having worked in the anti-virus and security market for the last fourteen years.

He has a keen interest in email and instant messaging technologies and enjoys competing in tarmac (road) rallies, as a co-driver and driver in his classic rally car.

Matt Barrie
CTO, Sensory Networks Inc

Matt Barrie is the CTO of Sensory Networks. Mr. Barrie has more than 10 years experience in the network security industry.

Before co-founding Sensory Networks, Mr. Barrie held the position of Vice President, Asia Pacific and Director of Packet Storm within the Information Security Group of Kroll-O'Gara - the world's largest investigations and intelligence company. At Kroll ISG, he started the Network & Systems Assessment group, which he built rapidly into a solid business unit with high profile clients. Mr. Barrie has an extensive background in Information Security and has consulted for Fortune 500 corporations worldwide, including New York financial and banking institutions, major financial institutions, law firms and Silicon Valley technology companies. While at ISG, he acquired, redeveloped and managed Packet Storm, one of the largest Internet security resources today.

Mr. Barrie is Lecturer in Information Security at the University of Sydney for undergraduate and postgraduate students. He holds first class honours degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Sydney, in addition to a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr Vesselin Bontchev
Anti–virus researcher, FRISK Software International, Iceland

Dr Vesselin Bontchev graduated from the Technical University of Sofia in 1985 with an M.Sc. in computer science. He worked for the university's Laboratory for Microprocessors and Microcomputers and for the Institute of Industrial Cybernetics and Robotics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, building expert systems. In 1988, he became interested in computer viruses and began producing freeware anti-virus programs. Two years later he became the Director of the Laboratory of Computer Virology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. From 1991 to 1995 he worked as a research associate at the Virus Test Center, University of Hamburg, Germany, where he wrote his Ph.D. thesis on computer viruses.

Since 1990, Dr Bontchev has been the Bulgarian representative in IFIP's TC-11 (‘Computers & Security’). He is also the founding member of CARO (the Computer Anti-virus Researchers' Organization), a founding member of VSI (the Virus Security Institute), a member of EICAR (the European Institute for Computer Anti-virus Research) and a member of the High IQ Society.

Dr Bontchev currently works for FRISK Software International in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he is involved in the development of the anti-virus package F-PROT. Outside the field of computer anti-virus research his interests include cryptography and number theory.

Larry Bridwell and Jaime Yaneza
ICSA Labs and Trend Micro, respectively; USA and Philippines

Jaime Lyndon A. Yaneza is a Senior Antivirus Consultant for TrendLabs (Philippines), part of Trend Micro Inc.’s network of research centers situated in key locations globally. He views his job is to ensure that Trend maintains a healthy cooperative relationship with the rest of the Anti-Virus Industry.

Before taking up his current responsibility he was part of the pioneer group tasked to provide real-time customer case solutions from 1998. At the beginning of 2000 he formed an ad-hoc research group and was also given responsibility over retail virus inquiries for TrendLabs. He is now involved in content management services as well as developments in the core engine and feature testing of Trend Micro’s product line.

Larry Bridwell currently serves as Program Manager for Content Security programs at TruSecure Corporation. Larry is responsible for developing certification programs for products that provide security from malicious code attacks. He also serves as manager for ICSA's Anti-Virus consortium and manages special projects such as ICSA Labs' highly regarded Virus Prevalence Survey.

As part of his duties in the ICSA anti-virus certification program, Larry has dealt with every major developer of anti-virus software on the market today. He has spoken at conferences and seminars globally, and serves on international anti-virus and malicious software working groups. Before coming to ICSA Labs, Larry earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in educational philosophy and has over 15 years of project management and managerial experience.

Eric Chien
Symantec, Ireland

Eric Chien first started working at Symantec in 1997 for the Symantec Security Response headquarters in Santa Monica, California. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with aBachelor of Sciences degree completing studies in Electrical Engineering and Molecular Genetics.Currently, Chien heads research in EMEA region, analyzing current virus threats and researching new threats in the world of viruses and malicious software. He has been a key developer in projects such as the DigitalImmune System, Symantec's automated system of virus analysis and the Seeker project which proactively finds viruses on the Internet. Chien has spoken at various conferences and published a variety of papers addressing threats to computer security via malicious software.

Peter Coroneos
Chief Executive Officer
Internet Industry Association

Peter Coroneos is Chief Executive of the Internet Industry Association, the national industry body for the Internet in Australia. In addition to his role as primary industry advocate, political strategist and spokesperson for the IIA, Peter drives the IIA's policy development work and has instigated the formation of specialist taskforces to leverage member expertise in diverse legal, economic and technical areas.

Peter is currently overseeing the development and implementation of industry codes of practice within the IIA representing industry's proactive response to a range of challenging social policy areas within Australia, ranging from cybercrime to online privacy. Peter acts as industry representative on a number of high level bodies and regularly appears before House of Representatives and Senate inquiries to advise on the development of facilitative and workable rules for the internet and new media.

Prior to his appointment in 1997, he enjoyed a diverse professional life as a science educator, marketing consultant and senior officer with the national competition and telecommunications regulator, as well as State Convener and National Management Committee member of the Australian Republican Movement. His multidisciplinary education includes a First Class Honours degree in Law, Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics, and a postgraduate Diploma in Education.

A specialist in internet governance and joint industry-government co-operation, Peter has addressed audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.

Paul Ducklin
Head of Technology, Asia Pacific
Sophos Anti-Virus

Paul Ducklin has been in anti-virus research for about 15 years.

He started out in the field as a computer scientist at South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where he headed up the computer virus research laboratory.

In 1995, Paul moved to the UK to join Sophos Anti-Virus, where he has worked in a variety of roles in programming, technical management, research and customer support. He is currently Sophos’ Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, based in Sydney.

Paul is a respected industry figure and an accomplished public speaker.

Allan Dyer
President, AVAR
Chief Consultant, Yui Kee Computing Limited, Hong Kong

Allan Dyer works for an Antivirus and Information Security company in Hong Kong, China and is President of AVAR. He has appeared on stage in the Royal Albert Hall, performed genetic engineering experiments, put his own blood into his research, and worked where smallpox was stored. More recently, he modified government websites and spoke at conferences on four continents. He has not crossed the Atlantic. Gunfire is often heard outside his office. He recently decided to write a more exciting (but still accurate) bio.

Nick FitzGerald and Sean McDonald
Independent anti-virus researcher and Sophos Anti-Virus, respectively; New Zealand and Australia

Nick FitzGerald is a former editor Virus Bulletin. Since his return to New Zealand in 1999 he has worked as an independent antivirus consultant and as an antivirus researcher under contract to Computer Associates. Aside from these professional tasks, Nick is especially interested in the naming of malware and is working on documenting a standardized nomenclature for the industry. Nick is well known on various Internet mailing lists for his extensive knowledge of antivirus issues and his (sometimes scorchingly) frank and to-the-point opinions.

Sean McDonald graduated from the University of Sydney in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. Sean has been active in virus research for the past two years and during this time has developed a keen interest in all aspects of virus research. Topics of particular interest include engine design, heuristics, and virus naming and reporting.

David Harley
Threat Assessment Centre Manager, Anti-Virus/Email Abuse Specialist, National Health Service Information Authority, UK

David Harley is lead author of ‘Viruses Revealed’ and contributor of chapters on malware to the last two editions of ‘Maximum Security’. He is author of many articles on security and malicious code for industry journals such as Virus Bulletin, internet publishers such as SecurityFocus, and more general press. David has presented at many security conferences including Virus Bulletin, SANS, and EICAR. He has extensive experience in the field in security and anti-virus administration and as a senior manager in the field of risk assessment and mitigation. He has a sound reputation as an independent researcher in AV, and is an acknowledged expert in Macintosh virus/security issues.

Kevin J. Houle
Artefact Analysis Team Leader, CERT(R) Coordination Centre, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Kevin Houle has 13 years of commercial and research experience within the Internet industry. After joining the CERT/CC in 1998, Houle lead CERT/CC's Incident Handling Team and served as the team representative to FIRST. Since early 2001, he has lead CERT/CC's Artefact Analysis Team which is focused on analysing malicious code.

Sha-Li Hsieh and Oleg Petrovsky
Antivirus research and development, Computer Associates, USA

Sha-Li Hsieh is an Antivirus Engineer at Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA). Between CA's several Antivirus Research centers around the world, she is located in Islandia, New York, the headquarters of CA. Her responsibility is to provide virus analysis and technical consultation pertinent to CA's Antivirus products. She has been a WildList reporter since August 1999.

Sha-Li joined CA in 1996. Prior to CA, she had six years of database programming experience in Taiwan, responsible for accounting and billing management system development. Sha-Li received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from St. John's University in New York.

Oleg Petrovsky: Graduated from Odessa Polytechnic State University in 1993, currently holding a Master degree in Electronic Engineering. Involved in the antivirus field since 1994. In 1995 was employed by Cybec in Melbourne developing VET antivirus solutions. Starting from 1998 continued working for Computer Associates.

Oleg currently lives and works in New York, USA. Area of expertise includes malware, threat analysis and developing antivirus solutions. Oleg has several publications in the VB magazine involving virus analysis and feature articles.

Graham Ingram
General Manager, AusCERT

Graham Ingram is the General Manager of AusCERT. He took up the position in January 2002 after 17 years employment with the Commonwealth government. Immediately prior to joining AusCERT, Graham worked with the Department of Defence in Canberra where he was responsible for managing computer security incident reporting and response for Commonwealth government agencies.

Graham has extensive experience in national information infrastructure protection and spent four years working in this area. During this period he managed a number of major IT security and information protection issues including computer network attacks during the Y2K period, IT security threats to the 2000 Olympic games and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) recently held in Queensland.

Graham has a BSc (honours) and is currently undertaking a MSc (IT).

Yasuko Kanno
Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan

Yasuko Kanno has been Researcher of the IT Security Center (ISEC) at the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) since April 2003. Her responsibilities cover both technical and legal aspects of studying virus infection research and anti-viral promotions. Before joining IPA, she worked at Hucom, Inc, Total Security Solution Provider where she was responsible for the promotion of security products.

Qualifications: IT Security Administrator certified by METI. IT System Auditor certified by METI. METI: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.

Yasuhiro Kitaura
Assistant Director, Office of IT Security Policy Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan

Mr. Yasuhiro Kitaura, Assistant Director, Office of IT Security Policy Office, METI, Japan, has been engaged in overall issues on cyber-security like incident response, cryptography evaluation, IT security evaluation and certification, information security management, human-resource development, international cooperation and so on. Based on his experience as a governmental official, he will make a presentation on cyber security policy in Japan, focusing on countermeasures against viruses, worms and vulnerabilities.

Chengi Jimmy Kuo
McAfee Fellow and member of AVERT, Network Associates, USA

Chengi Jimmy Kuo is a McAfee Fellow and member of AVERT and previously the Director of AntiVirus Research at Network Associates Inc. He has been with Network Associates, formerly McAfee Associates, since 1995. Prior to that, Jimmy was manager of Symantec's NAV (Norton Antivirus) Lab. He has also worked at IBM and other high tech companies on such things as PS/2 development, UNIX development, AI research, spelling technology, etc.

He has been the keynote speaker at the Virus Bulletin and AVAR Conferences. Other presentations: EICAR, InfoSec UK, COMDEX-US and -Brasil, NISSC, and numerous colleges and universities including UCLA and Stanford. In addition, Jimmy has served on the Presidential Y2K Council's Information Coordination Center and also testified in front of the FTC. In 2000, Jimmy was awarded the Fed 100

Award for his work on the Melissa virus. And in 2002, he was the moderator for the White House Town Hall meeting on cybersecurity in Portland.

Jimmy is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology. 

Scott Molenkamp
Computer Associates

Scott Molenkamp has been working full time for Computer Associates since the beginning of 1999 as a highly skilled analyst and part of the Anti-Virus team. He is currently working under the banner of eTrust threat management.

Federal Agent Nigel Phair
Team Leader of Investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre

Federal Agent Nigel Phair is a Team Leader of Investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. He has been a Police Officer for over 14 years and has diverse experience conducting large scale criminal investigations with both national and international implications. He has previously been seconded to the National Crime Authority, has experience in policy development and been internationally deployed by the Australian Federal Police. In addition to an undergraduate degree he holds a Master of Arts (Public Policy).

Robert Vibert
Administrator AVIEN/AVIEWS, Canada

Robert Vibert has specialized in the Anti-Virus field since 1992 and has authored more than 200 articles on computer security and management. He is administrator of AVIEN, the Anti-Virus Information Exchange Network, a grassroots organization whose members represent close to 10 5 million PCs.

Robert has conducted a series of anti-virus prevention awareness seminars and trained numerous organizations in anti-virus topics - deployment, policy creation, virus incident responses, etc. He launched Virus News in 1995; was the first contributor from Portugal to the WildList and the first from Canada.

He was the founder of two highly successful organizations, one in Europe (RSVP-Consultores Associados Lda.) and one in Canada (SSS-Sensible Security Solutions Inc., 1995), to sell and support anti-virus software as part of comprehensive solutions to government departments and large private sector clients. He is currently working as an independent researcher in Canada.

Vincent Weafer and Richard Clarke
Senior Director of Development, Symantec Corporation , USA and Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting, LLC (respectively)

Vincent Weafer is responsible for the Symantec Security Response global research center teams. His mission is to advance the research into new computer malware threats and provide the most trusted and rapid response to today’s blended security threats. His team has also been responsible for the development of key security technologies such as NAVEX—extensible anti-virus engine technology, Bloodhound—virus heuristic detection technology, SARA—virus acquisition and analysis infrastructure and the security vulnerability and risk analysis database.

Weafer has presented papers at technical conferences such as the European Institute for Computer AntiVirus Research (EICAR). He has been quoted extensively in the global press and also speaks regularly at conferences and seminars throughout the world.

Weafer holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Dublin City University, Ireland, and was one of the first recipients of the International Managerial & Technical Scholarship to Japan, which is awarded annually by the Irish government.

Richard Clarke is an internationally recognised expert on security, including homeland security, national security, cyber security, and counter-terrorism. Clarke served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held the titles of Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security.

Prior to his White House years, Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community and State Department. During the Reagan Administration, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. During the Bush (41) Administration, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and coordinated diplomatic efforts to support the 1990-1991 Gulf War and the subsequent security arrangements.


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