Run silent, run deep: today's threat landscape

Tuesday 14th October 2008. 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Ends 9.00pm.

Room 102, Town House, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston. Parking in Penrhyn Road car park, or to the rear off Fassett Road.

David Emm, Senior Technology Consultant, Kaspersky Lab.

David Emm is an antivirus industry veteran, who regularly writes articles and white papers for publication, whilst also providing media commentary on the latest malware issues. David's broad industry experience has enabled him to acquire in-depth knowledge of the business and technical issues facing enterprises during successive generations of viruses, worms and other malicious threats.

David joined Dr Solomon's Software in 1990, playing various roles in the years that followed, including Technical Support Manager and Senior Technology Consultant. During this time, he was responsible for establishing and running Dr Solomon's Technical Support department, both in the UK and in the US, and was closely involved with customer seminars and technical training, including Dr Solomon's Live Virus Workshop.

Following the acquisition of Dr Solomon's by Network Associates, David worked as Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager, respectively.

David has been with Kaspersky Lab since April 2004.

Today the threat landscape is focused around 'crimeware': that is, malicious code created for the purpose of making money illegally. Cyber criminals play for high stakes, so they have a vested interest in maximising their return on investment by securing their presence on victim's computers and defending themselves against security programs.

This presentation will provide a summary of the threat landscape and outline the methods used by cyber criminals to defend their code. Topics will include:

  • The threat landscape
  • Early self-defence methods
  • Code obfuscation
  • Packing malicious code
  • Rootkits
  • Sabotage
  • Future prospects
  • 'Upping the Anti-'

PDF file David Emms' presentation
PDF file Graham Hutton's notes