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"Cyber attacks" – myths and reality in contemporary context

The 21th Annual EICAR Conference to be held on May 7th and May 8th 2012, with a pre-conference program on May 6th in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference brings together experts from industry, government, military, law enforcement, academia, research and end-users to examine and discuss new research and development in anti-virus, malware, e-

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security, e-forensics, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Management and legal aspects of the information technology.

For over 20 years, EICAR supported independent

and proactive scientific research activities in the field of computer anti-virus (malware) and all other aspects of IT security. Achievements of the past have always been based on an open, authentic process supported by some of the best researchers in the field for whom EICAR provided the independent organisational platform.

Trying to stay abreast with the latest developments in the area of Information Technology and the new threats and vulnerabilities discovered in contemporary environments has become a “Sisyphus” task. At our 2012 conference we would like to continue our open and proactive approach and provide some insight into a number of the burning questions of our time in the information age.

The EICAR Conference 2012 shall also be a platform to clarify some of the misunderstandings, myths, and unnecessary hype in recent schemes such as “Cyber Crime”, “Information Warfare”, and “Cyber War”. It is our understanding that free scientific research should address technical issues in an unbiased way to provide the basis for applied research and commercial products.

EICAR 2012 also intends to initiate a more prospective view on what the next 20 years will be:

  • What will be the new forms of threats (malware)?
  • What are the issues with current and future anti-malware techniques and products?
  • Is the current industry driven approach to AV still the right one?
  • Are governments required to be more proactive?
  • Are new tools and/or regulations required?
  • Does Law Enforcement need to use malware in an offensive way?
  • Do we need “Threat – Levels” and respective continuation plans?
  • What is the actual “Threat – Level” for the end user?
  • What are the vulnerabilities against threats?
  • How can the end user assess his risk?
  • How do companies assess their risks?
  • How do we manage IT and the associated risks?


In summary, the rapid evolution of technologies requires the adaptation of human behaviour and in consequence leads to new needs for laws and regulations of direct relevance to the users, in the perspective of a rapid evolution of malware and attack techniques.

Conference Program Committee

The following, provisional list of distinguished researchers and/or practitioners (listed alphabetically) have confirmed their membership of the conference program committee to date:

Fred Arbogast (CSRRT-LU, Luxembourg)
Dr. John Aycock (University of Calgary, Canada)
David Bénichou (Investigation judge, Department of Justice, France)
Ralf Benzmueller (G-Data Software, Germany)
Dr Vlasti Broucek (University of Tasmania, Australia)
Andreas Clementi 
(AV-Comparatives e.V, Austria)
Dr. Werner Degenhardt (LMU Universität München, Germany)
Michel Dubois 
(French DoD & ESIEA, France)
Prof. Eric Filiol (Program Chair) (ESAT/ESIEA, France)
Prof. Richard Ford (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
Prof. Nikolaus Forgo (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)
Prof. Steven Furnell (University of Plymouth, UK)
Prof. Sandro Gaycken 
(FU-Berlin, Germany)
Dr Vincent Guyot 
(ESIEA, France)
David Harley 
Dr. Gregoire Jacob 
(Telecom Sud Paris, France)
Prof. William (Bill) Hafner 
(Nova Southeastern University, USA)
Dr. Sylvia Kierkegaard 
(President of International Association of IT Lawyers, Denmark)
Dr. Thorsten Holz 
Dr. Cédric Lauradoux
(Inria Grenoble, France)
Ing. Patrick Legand 
(Xirius Informatique, France)
Dr. Ferenc Leitold 
(Veszprog Ltd, Hungary)
Prof. Grant Malcolm 
(University of Liverpool, UK)
Dr Lysa Myers 
(West Coast Labs, USA)
Prof. Yves Poullet  
(University Notre-Dame, Namur, Belgium)
Prof. Gerald Quirchmayr 
(University of Vienna, Austria)
Prof. Mark Stamp 
(San Jose State University, USA)
Mag.Dr. Walter Seböck 
(Donau-Universität Krems, Austria)
Peter Stelzhammer   
(AV-Comparatives, Austria)
Phil Teuwen 
(NXP Semiconductors, Belgium)
Sebastien Tricaud 
(Honeynet CTO, France)
Prof. Paul Turner 
(University of Tasmania, Australia)
Dr. Stefano Zanero  (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)



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