Just Google for the search term ‘“active defense” startup’ and it is clear that this is a hot growth area in Internet security. But what is it, exactly? The answer to that question is difficult and controversial.
Education? 20 years helping – helping users, analyzing malware, talking with people implementing security technology, and testing security software.
Highlights of your career? Seeing the first few droplets before the Melissa virus storm hit, surviving the Worm Wars of 2004, my first presentation at VB in 2006, and having an article published in USA Today in 2013.
Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET: 2013. Current title: Security Researcher
What malware do you hate the most? The ExploreZip family – it overwrote files, thus destroying the data. Plenty of people lost a lot of work as a result of those outbreaks.
Favorite activities? Adventuring and whimsy-seeking.
What is your golden rule for cyberspace? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1981 Commodore VIC-20. And then I continued using a variety of early-80s technology until roughly 1993 (oof!).
Favorite computer game/activity? Checking my Twitter feed.