Eddy Willems is a known malware expert from Belgium. He is a board member of 3 security industry organizations, EICAR, AVAR and LSEC, and is the resident Security Evangelist and Global Security Officer at G DATA Cyberdefense. He became a founding member of EICAR in 1991, one of the world’s first security IT organizations. Over the years he has served in many extra roles in different security industry organizations. Several CERTs, press agencies, print and online publications and broadcasting media, for example CNN, use his advice regularly. In October of 2013, he published his first book in Belgium and the Netherlands, entitled Cybergevaar (Lannoo). In December 2015 he published a translated version of his book entitled Cybergefahr (Springer) in the German-speaking countries. An English translation and update, Cyberdanger (Springer), was published in 2019. Eddy is a known inspiring speaker and is giving lectures and presentations worldwide for a very wide audience from children to experts.

Zwienenberg started dealing with computer viruses in 1988 after encountering the first virus problems. His interest thus kindled he has studied virus behaviour and presented solutions and detection schemes ever since. Starting as an independent consultant, later as R&D Manager at CSE Ltd, as a researcher for ThunderBYTE, as Chief Research Officer at Norman, and currently as Senior Research Fellow at ESET. Over the years he has served in many extra roles in different industry organizations. Currently he is still serving on the board of AVAR, on the Technical Overview Board of the WildList and as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of IEEE ICSG. In 2018, Zwienenberg joined the Europol European Cyber Crime Center (EC3) Advisory Group as an ESET representative. Zwienenberg has been a member of CARO since late 1991. Besides being an expert-witness and fact-witness in court, he is also a frequent speaker at conferences and general security seminars.

Languages: Dutch, English
Average duration of lecture: 30 – 90 minutes
Experts in: cybersecurity
Topics: Information and communications technology, technology, safety

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Content of the lectures

Oops! It happened again!
Summary Lecture: The problems malware causes for the cyber-ecosystem started three decades ago. Although some viruses are known to be older than that, they didn’t really cause too much trouble. In these three decades we’ve had lots of (new versions of) operating systems and new versions of applications. Normally, one learns from mistakes made previously, but somehow in the cyber-ecosystem, it seems to be the exact opposite. Eddy and Righard will take you on a scenic tour spanning three decades of malware, three decades of ecosystems and three decades of history repeating itself. Will we ever learn? The presentation will contain (humorous) repeating events from the last three decades, but of course all with a serious undertone, and all backed up by six decades of combined experience of the two speakers.

Average duration: 30 – 45 minutes

Cyberthreats 2020 and beyond …
Cyber security veterans Eddy Willems and Righard Zwienenberg are able to speak about almost every security related problem and trend we see these days. The combination of both speakers gives you over 60 years security experience bundled in one package. Humor, facts and technology are combined in a show that everybody should be able to understand. Every security subject ranging from phishing, ransomware, malware, the dark web, IoT, the cloud and worldwide cyberthreats can be combined in one lecture. It’s your choice to choose!

Average duration: 30 – 90 minutes

Book Cyberdanger – Eddy Willems
Eddy willems’ book can be bought during the lectures. It features interviews with leading industry experts, is important as a resource for the professional but is also an accessible introduction for the general reader. More inforamtion can be found on the official website www.cyberdanger.com . For organizers the book can be bought for a reduced price as a gift for the attendees of the lecture.

Covid-19 and cyber security: side effects or business as usual?
Covid-19 made the world stand still and we really didn’t see that coming. Rather quickly, the majority of companies, forced or volunteered, had to let their employees work from home. It looked as a futuristic scenario from a science fiction B-movie. These “hypothetical” changes in our lives nobody has thought of before, the new normal, just happened and were surrounded with a lot of cyber problems. It is completely different and new to suddenly have an enforced Home Office, where different criteria are applicable. How about secure connections (VPN)? How about the security of private systems that are now used to do business work on? How are the employees safeguarded against cyber attacks? Cyber security is suddenly enclosing topics that where laughed at by the general public when presented at security conferences. 

Eddy and Righard take you on a tour of emerged cyber security issues that surfaced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They will also peek into the future as during post-pandemic time people return back to their offices. Then different issues emerge again. Learning brings knowledge, with knowledge you can prevent something, and prevention is better than cure.

Languages of the lectures: Dutch, English
Fee for the lectures: € 5000 (excluding VAT)

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Eddy is one of the few people who combines a thorough knowledge of security and a clear, pleasant and fascinating way of storytelling.

Jeroen WilsManager of Bepublic, former chief-editor of Het Nieuws at VTM

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