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.

End of 2019 I became a board member of AVAR (Association of Anti Virus Asia Researchers).

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 am a known inspiring speaker and I give lectures and presentations worldwide for a very diverse audience from children to experts.

I recommend the ‘press/media page’ and the ‘family/friends page’ at my other site. if you want to know more about me.

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