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ESET Expands Cyber Threat Analysis Centre

ESET : 07 December, 2010  (Company News)
Virus and Spam threat reduction specialist hires new Director to implement expansion plans for research centre devoted to the analysis of cyber threats
ESET has announced the expansion of the company's cyber threat research and analysis team with the addition of industry veteran Paul Laudanski as the director of ESET's Cyber Threat Analysis Center (CTAC). Building on the success of ESET's existing global research resources, CTAC is committed to working to further protect ESET's business and home use customers by collaborating with universities, law enforcement, internet service providers and other agencies that combat cybercrime on the current cyber threat landscape.

"ESET has a proven track record and dedication to helping computer and internet users understand and protect themselves against today's ever-changing cyber threats by conducting quantitative and behavioural research," said Laudanski. "With education being a critical component to staying safe online, I look forward to being a part of the CTAC team and continuing to reinforce the importance of approaching cybersecurity from a holistic viewpoint and cultivating threat data that allows us to help educate consumers."

With cybercrime clearly being a global issue, the addition of Laudanski will enable ESET to analyze more metadata from the ThreatSense database in real-time, as well as further identify malicious threats and forecast industry trends. As a result, ESET's CTAC will be uniquely positioned to identify and analyze cyber threats, while working with key cybersecurity contacts to keep the public and law enforcement informed. CTAC will also continue its work with other public and private-sector entities around the world to leverage output.

"Cyber threat research and analysis, as well as education and collaborative information sharing have always been top priorities for Paul, which directly aligns with the objectives of CTAC," said Darin Andersen, COO at ESET. "We are thrilled to have Paul as part of ESET's research team, and his addition will allow us to continue to uncover and analyze the latest computer security threats as well as collaborate with other industry leaders to help make the internet a safer place."

Prior to joining ESET, Laudanski was senior manager of investigations, Digital Crimes Unit for Microsoft. In his role, he managed criminal and civil enforcement investigations pertaining to phishing, spam, online advertising fraud, child pornography, lottery and advanced fee fraud scams, botnet-driven fraud, other email scams and online abuse. He also led the development of Internet Fraud Alert, an industry clearinghouse of exposed consumer credentials. Before Microsoft, Laudanski founded and ran CastleCops, alongside Robin Laudanski, a volunteer security community focused on making the internet a safer place. All services to the public were free, including malware and rootkit cleanup of infected computers, malware and phish investigations and terminations.

As Director of CTAC, Laudanski will regularly contribute to ESET's ThreatBlog with analysis and commentary around the latest industry threats. He will also be an ongoing guest on The Malware Report, ESET's weekly podcasts on security trends and industry news.
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