Cyber security and malicious software

Tuesday 27 July 2010, 18:30, refreshments available from 17:45

Jacques Erasmus, Malware Director and Specialist with


Malware writers now have commercial intent with their exploits feeding a growing global illegal economy. The scale and sophistication of malware attacks creates an increasing challenge to protect consumers and businesses. Attacks aren’t just confided to dark areas of the internet as some infections have been propagated simply by visiting legitimate websites, ones you may have visited on a daily basis.

Following last year’s popular event, Jacques returns to give a security update on malware. This will be a straight talking and deep dive into what is happening on the front line. Jacques will be talking about the new methods employed by cyber criminals to steal information and demonstrating some of the tools used by cyber criminals.

He discusses: real world experience from (anonymous) organisations including large enterprises with thousands of PCs; how such incidents are approached; the lifecycle from threat assessment to remediation and countermeasures; lessons learned from targeted attacks.

Jacques Erasmus (Director of Malware Research at Prevx) researches emergent types of malware to ensure users are fully protected from these new forms of cyber-threat. Jacques has featured on the BBC 6 o’clock news, BBC Click, BBC Breakfast, ITV News and is often approached by international media for his opinion on emerging Internet threats.

Jacques has also been instrumental in the development and growth of the Prevx product (with over 15 million users worldwide), as well as helping to launch a number of consumer-facing security products which are now protecting millions of people across the world.

Jacques has been central to helping champion a behaviour-based approach to security software which addresses the faults inherent with the signature-based methods used by many existing major anti-virus vendors.