Eddy Willems Profile

  • Currently Willems is a board member of 3 security organizations and the resident Security Evangelist at G DATA CyberDefense AG.

  • Willems' main task involves spreading the ‘good word’ about anti-malware to the general public.
  • Eddy Willems is a worldwide known cyber security expert from Belgium. In 1989 he became interested in viruses due to an incident with the AIDS Information Trojan, the first ransomware. He still owns one of the last remaining copies worldwide.

    Currently he is a board member of 3 security industry organizations, EICAR, AVAR and LSEC, and is the resident Security Evangelist and Global Security Officer at G DATA CyberDefense. He became a founding member of EICAR in 1991, one of the world’s first security IT organizations.

    Over the years he has served in many extra roles in different security industry organizations and security companies. Several CERTs, press agencies, print and online publications and broadcasting media, for example CNN, use his advice regularly. Eddy is Belgian’s internationally most quoted cyber security expert for the past 3 decades.

    In October of 2013, he published his first book in Belgium and the Netherlands, entitled ‘Cybergevaar’ (Lannoo). A German translation followed afterwards and an English translation and update, Cyberdanger (Springer), was published in 2019. He is also co-author together with co-author Alain Dierckx of the Dutch SF cyberthriller ‘Het Virus’ published in 2020.

    Eddy is a known inspiring speaker and is giving lectures and presentations (including TEDx) worldwide for a very diverse audience from children to experts.

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    Eddy Willems's Speech Descriptions

    Lecture: What can you learn from nation-state cyberattacks?

    Eddy Willems will give you his view on nation-state cyberattacks during this lecture.
    What should you be afraid of as a company, organization or as an individual?
    Are you sure you did the right thing to be ready?
    Are nation-state attacks not exaggerated?
    Eddy dives into the dark world of nation-state attacks and analyzes a couple of examples. What are the real lessons we can learn from those cyberattacks until now. Are nation-state attacks different from other cyberattacks?
    3 decades of cybersecurity experience bundled in a short pragmatic and passionate view on what we all can learn from the biggest cyberattacks now and in the future.

    Cyberdangers and The Human

    During this lecture Eddy Willems will give you his view on the cyber dangers which threatened the world the past years.

    Why is a 33 year old problem still the biggest security problem these days? Did we ever learn?

    Eddy shows the real threats. The business world is unfortunately a popular target for cyber attacks. What is the real favourite modus operandi of the cybercriminals? What should you be afraid of as a company or organisation? Are you sure you did the right thing to solve these cyber security related problems?

    Malware, hacking, ransomware or maybe even cyber wars between countries are analysed and showed to you in a way you haven’t seen before.

    3 decades of security experience bundled in a short pragmatic and passionate view on how to solve the basic problem and possibly the cyber dangers now and in the future.

    My Wife went to Dark … Web

    Eddy Willems will tell you the real story of how his wife found the Dark Web.
    Eddy will tell you more about what she expected to find over there and what she finally found as a normal pc user.

    Did she really bought that Glock 17M?
    Is the Dark Web really so dangerous?
    Besides weapons, drugs, ID cards, credit cards and malware you can find much more over there.

    However, the real value of your ID or credit card is maybe not what you expected.
    What are the best market places?
    Who can you find on the Dark Web?
    What do malware writers have in common?

    A detailed look inside the Underground Economy 4.0 will give everybody a better view of money laundering, money mules, dropzones and other ‘attractive’ places on the Dark Side of the internet. What are police forces doing about this situation?

    If you haven’t invested yet in crypto coins you possibly will never do anymore after watching this lecture.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Eddy Speak

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    Righard Zwienenberg, Executive Committee Member of the IEEE, Research Fellow ESET, Europol EC3 Advisory Group: ‘Eddy has the ability to translate a very technical problem and solution into layman’s words while maintaining the correctness. Eddy is always “preaching” for a safe-world so he truly is a security evangelist!’

    Jeroen Wils, Manager of Bepublic, former chief-editor of Het Nieuws at VTM: ‘Eddy is one of the few people who combines a thorough knowledge of security and a clear, pleasant and fascinating way of storytelling.

    Christoph Roesseler, Marketing Manager FFG Europe & Americas: ‘ His talent for speaking to audiences and getting them excited about his subject is outstanding. ‘

    Andrey Hayter, Business Development Manager MRG Effitas : ‘ From speaking or keynoting at conferences all over the world, Eddy displays his knowledge of cyber security and can present it at any level of audience. ‘

    Sean McPheat, CEO MTD Training : ‘Eddy and I shared the same stage as keynote speakers for a national UK Conference. Eddy’s session was very informative, packed full of content and used humour well to capture the attention of the audience. He obvious knows his stuff! Would recommend for anyone wanting a keynote on security issues.’

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    Books by Eddy Willems:

    Cyberdanger: Understanding and Guarding Against Cybercrime

    This book describes the key cybercrime threats facing individuals, businesses, and organizations in our online world. The author first explains malware and its origins; he describes the extensive underground economy and the various attacks that cybercriminals have developed, including malware, spam, and hacking; he offers constructive advice on countermeasures for individuals and organizations; and he discusses the related topics of cyberespionage, cyberwarfare, hacktivism, and anti-malware organizations, and appropriate roles for the state and the media.

    The author has worked in the security industry for decades, and he brings a wealth of experience and expertise. In particular he offers insights about the human factor, the people involved on both sides and their styles and motivations. He writes in an accessible, often humorous way about real-world cases in industry, and his collaborations with police and government agencies worldwide, and the text features interviews with leading industry experts.

    The book is important reading for all professionals engaged with securing information, people, and enterprises. It’s also a valuable introduction for the general reader who wants to learn about cybersecurity.

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