Peter Szor, Symantec

Computer viruses and malicious code developments have a rich history. In this session I will first talk about some of the early computer viruses and demonstrate their evolution over the years up to the most recent threats. The audience will gain a good understanding of the current as well as the upcoming threat landscape. The presentation will also focus on effective malicious code analysis techniques for file as well as network level.


Peter Szor is a world renowned computer virus and security researcher. He has been actively conducting research on computer viruses and security since 1990. Over the years, Peter has been fortunate to work with the best-known antivirus products, such as AVP, F-PROT, and Symantec Norton AntiVirus. Originally, he built and commercialized his own antivirus program, Pasteur, from 1990 to 1995, in Hungary, protecting the largest Hungarian Banks from computer viruses and malicious programs.

Peter was invited to join the Computer Antivirus Researchers Organization (CARO) in 1997. Today, he is on the advisory board of Virus Bulletin Magazine and a founding member of the AntiVirus Emergency Discussion (AVED) network. He has been with Symantec since 1999, as a chief researcher in Santa Monica, California. Peter filed over three dozen patents related to computer virus protection and security.

He is the author of the best selling technical book, "The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense", and authored over 70 articles and papers on the subject of computer viruses and security for magazines such as Virus Bulletin, Chip, Windows NT Magazine, and Information Security Bulletin, among others. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including Virus Bulletin, EICAR, ICSA, GLOBECOM, and RSA and has given invited talks at such security conferences as the USENIX Security Symposium.

21 February (Tuesday) at 1630 hrs

Gates 4B (opposite 490)