About Us

AVAR (Association of anti Virus Asia Researchers) was formed in June, 1998. The mission of the AVAR is to prevent the spread and damage caused by malicious software, and to develop cooperative relationship among anti malicious software experts in Asia. We are independent and not-for-profit organization which is oriented in Asia Pacific region. AVAR consists of prominent experts on computer virus from various areas such as Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore,Taiwan, UK, and U.S.A. Our independence helps us to play an important role to fight against computer virus globally and to raise users' awareness on computer security issues. The organization has a constitution and the code of conduct, and is committed to improving members' knowledge and skills.


Our activities includes:

  • Organizing and hosting AVAR annual conference and seminar on anti virus issues
  • Providing information on computer virus incidents through Asia on AVAR website
  • Operating AVAR members' mailing list to exchange information and opinions among members.

We are also planning for the following:

  • Issue AVAR electric newsletter on security information
  • Conducting evaluation test for anti virus products(It has been underway in Japan since August 2009)
  • Provide certificates to anti virus products as well as to technical people for their knowledge and skills on computer virus prevention
  • Improve communication and cooperation with other international anti virus organizations

Board of Directors

 name organisation title AVAR title
Mr. Seiji Murakami JCSR CEO Chairman
Mr. Allan Dyer Yui Kee Computing Ltd. Chief Consultant President
Mr. Randy Abrams Independent Security Analyst VP
Mr. Charles Ahn AhnLabs, Inc. Founder & Chairman VP
Mr. Shigeru Ishii IPA Group Leader ITSC VP
Mr. Zhang Jian CVERC First Deputy Director VP
Mr. Eugene Kaspersky Kaspersky Labs. CEO VP
Mr. Jaime Lyndon Trend Micro Sr. Threat Analyst VP
Mr. Righard J. Zwienenberg ESET   VP
Mr. Larry Bridwell AVG VP, Global Security Strategies Director
Mr. Sihaeng Cho AhnLabs, Inc. ERE Director
Mr. Trieu Tran Duc CMC Infromation Security Corporation CEO Director
Mr. Motoi ENdo IPA Researcher Director
Mr. Kazuki Iwamoto IPA Researcher Director
Mr. Craig Johnston Director
Mr. Jayaraman Kasavardhanan K7 Computing Pvt. Ltd. CEO Director
Mr. Sanjay Katkar Quick Heal Technologies CTO Director
Mr. Andrew Lee ESET North America CEO Director
Mr. Tony Lee Microsoft Director
Mr. Jie Ma Nevel systems Limited Founder/CEO Director
Mr. Xu Ming Kingsoft Internet Security CTO Director
Ms. Lysa Myer Director
Mr. Jonathan Poon Microsoft Global Anti-Malware Service Manager Director
Mr. Ying Wang Jiangmin Chairman Director
Mr. Yoshihiro Yasuda McAfee Architect, Research Director