The 23rd Annual EICAR Conference will be held on November, 17 and 18th in Frankfurt, Germany at the Dell conference facilities with a Pre-Conference Program on Sunday, 16th November at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel.
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-security, e-forensics, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), IT Security, IT Security Management and privacy and legal aspects of the information technology.
For over 22 years, EICAR supported independent and proactive scientific research activities in the field of computer anti-virus (malware) and all other aspects of IT security and the privacy and legal aspects of the Information Society.
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.
The latest revelation about the NSA activities has raised concern about trust and transparency in the IT Security technology, the role of government organisations and the legality of clandestine operations.
At our 2014 conference we would like to go further and discuss what will be the future role of the IT security products, the developers, the tester and the implementer. How can we enhance trust and transparency?
How do we handle hitherto unknown threats which might be far ahead of suitable defence mechanism for the protection of the user? How do we trust the development of software to ensure that no back doors are built in?
An open and proactive approach should provide some insight into a number of burning questions of our time in the contemporary information age.
The EICAR Conference 2014 intends to provide a road to regain trust and ensure that security products perform only security tasks and to clarify some of the legal uncertainties that IT manager today have to live with.
EICAR 2014 also intends to initiate a more prospective view on the development, testing and certification of AV and other Security products. The conference shall also address the trust and liability in vendors and testers of IT security products and shall address the following questions:
EICAR 2014 will also specifically address:
In a pre-conference session on Sunday 16th November, the status and future of the EICAR Test-file will be discussed in a Workshop.
In summary, the rapid evolution of technologies and the rightful use of it require the adaptation of human behaviour and in consequence lead 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.