September 2, 2016

About me

Eddy Willems - Security Evangelist

     Eddy Willems – Security Evangelist

This bio page is an updated copy of my original ‘about me’ page at www.anti-malware.info.

I was born in 1962. I am married with Nadine and we have a child called Frank. At the ‘family/friends page’ you can find pictures from my family and some good security friends. I studied Computer Sciences at IHB and VUB Brussels. I started working as a Systems Analyst in 1984.

In 1989 I became interested in viruses: I was the first in Belgium to have a solution for the ‘aids-information’-diskette Trojan incident. Some TV-journals and papers are proof of this. From that time on I started to gather information about computer viruses and Anti-Virus software. In 1991 I became a founding member of EICAR (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research). Over the years I have maintained a reference library of software, books and almost everything that has been published in the computer security field. I am also a participant in Joe Wells’ Virus Wildlist since 1995. I am reporting for Belgium and Luxembourg and for the EICAR Organisation (Europe). Since 1996 I’m a known public speaker about security and especially malware. I also wrote the original “Virus Article” for the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia (US Ed. 1997-..). In 1999 I became the EICAR-News Editor. It is the magazine of the known EICAR Organisation. In May 2000 the Belgian Government started with the E-Security Team on the B.I.P.T. Website. This team provided quick Anti-Virus and Security information to the Belgian people. I was the only known Anti-Virus Expert within this team. In March 2001 I became the EICAR news magazine editor. Since May 2005 I am the Director of Press and Information for EICAR. My title was changed later to Director AV Security Industry Relationships (Board Member).

I have been working as malware researcher and Anti-Malware Technology Expert for the anti-virus industry (NOXS (a Westcon Group Company) , McAfee, TrendMicro and Symantec ) and as Security Evangelist for Kaspersky Lab in the past. Since 2010 I am a member (press committee) of the AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) organisation. I was co-opted as a board member in May 2012 by the AMTSO board and re-elected twice after that. I was the first and only in Belgium being on the board of 2 (EICAR and AMTSO) international AV security organizations at the same time. I left the board of AMTSO July 2019.

Since the beginning of 2010 I work as Security Evangelist and Global Security Officer for G DATA CyberDefense AG. I am professionally occupied with anti-malware and security research, consultancy, training and communication with press, distributors, resellers and endusers.  I write articles, blogs and whitepapers for several international magazines and publications and I often speak at known security conferences like Virus Bulletin, EICAR, AVAR, InfoSecurity, CeBIT, etc. I’m also a recognized security media expert having experience with live tv ranging from local Benelux to international TV stations like CNN, Al Jazeera and TRT World.

Since the beginning of 2014 I can be booked as an ‘inspiring speaker’ by the popular Belgian Speakers Office ‘Read My Lips’ (English, Dutch).

End of 2014 I became a board member of LSEC (Leaders in Security) another non-profit security organization.

I published my first book ‘Cybergevaar’ (Lannoo) in 2013. A German translation became available ‘Cybergefahr’ (Springer) in 2015. An updated and expanded English edition ‘Cyberdanger’ (Springer) was published in 2019.

I recommend the ‘press/media page’ and the ‘family/friends page’ at my main site. if you want to know more about me. Also my Blog could be interesting for you. Within these pages you will find ‘The Most Comprehensive List of Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Sites’ with over 4000 links in total.

A large BIO, CV and press pictures (see also below) are available on demand. I speak Dutch, English, French and German. However if you send me an email, I will only reply in English or Dutch.

How to contact me

You can contact me via the email-address at the bottom of this page or via similar addresses from my other domains like anti-virus.be, etc. Press people may contact me at my mobile phonenumber +32 475832971 , alternatively you may contact G DATA’s PR managers to reach me . You can also find some other contact details (phone and address) at the EICAR site. I am available 24/7 for press people on my mobile phone!  If you can’t reach me try to contact Dirk Cools at G DATA (or have a look at the EICAR site) or catch me by email or by a direct message at my social networks Facebook or Twitter.

You can contact me via the email-address ‘info (at) wavci (dot) com’ or via my G Data email-address. Don’t forget of course to replace ‘at’ with @ and ‘dot’ with . to create a normal email address, this is done for anti-spam purposes.

Press pictures free available

You can download some hi-res press pictures here (35 Mb) and other hi-res press pictures here (9 Mb) and use them for your publications.

This site is and will remain always completely independent!


BIO’s from Eddy on other websites