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Eddy Willems – Security Evangelist

I was born in 1962. I am married with Nadine and we have a child called Frank. I studied Computer Sciences at IHB and VUB Brussels. I started working as a Systems Analyst in 1984.

In 1989 I became interested in viruses: I was the first in Belgium to have a solution for the ‘aids-information’-diskette Trojan incident. Some TV-journals and papers are proof of this. From that time on I started to gather information about computer viruses and Anti-Virus software. In 1991 I became a founding member of EICAR (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research). Over the years I have maintained a reference library of software, books and almost everything that has been published in the computer security field. I am also a participant in Joe Wells’ Virus Wildlist since 1995. I am reporting for Belgium and Luxembourg and for the EICAR Organisation (Europe). Since 1996 I have given several seminars and workshops about Computer Viruses. I also wrote the original “Virus Article” for the Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia (US Ed. 1997-..). In 1999 I became the EICAR-News Editor. It is the magazine of the known EICAR Organization. In May 2000 the Belgian Government started with the E-Security Team on the B.I.P.T. Website. This team provided quick Anti-Virus and Security information to the Belgian people. I was the only known Anti-Virus Expert within this team. In March 2001 I became the EICAR news magazine editor. Since May 2005 I am the Director of Press and Information for EICAR. My title was changed later to Director AV Security Industry Relationships (Board Member). EICAR is one of the oldest security organizations in the world. I am also a co-founder of this organization.

I have been working as Malware Researcher and Anti-Malware Technology Expert for the anti-virus industry (NOXS (a Westcon Group Company), McAfee, TrendMicro and Symantec ) and as Security Evangelist for Kaspersky Lab in the past. Since 2010 I am a member of the AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) organization. I was a board member from May 2012 until June 2018. In 2014 I became a board member of LSEC (Leaders in Security) another non-profit security organization. In 2019 I was elected as a board member of AVAR (Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers). I am the first and only Belgian being on the board (2 times) of 3 (EICAR, AVAR and LSEC before EICAR, AMTSO and LSEC) international security organizations at the same time.

Since the beginning of 2010 I work as Security Evangelist for G DATA CyberDefense AG. I am professionally occupied with anti-malware and security research, consultancy, training and communication with press, distributors, resellers and endusers.  I write articles, blogs and whitepapers for several international magazines and publications and I often speak at known security conferences like Virus Bulletin, EICAR, AVAR, InfoSecurity, CeBIT and more. I’m also a recognized security media expert having experience with live tv ranging from local Benelux to international TV stations like CNN, Al Jazeera and TRT World.

These days I’m also known for my inspiring talks. You can book me for an interesting security talk via my speakers office: Read-My-Lips. I am an inspiring speaker and I’m giving lectures and presentations worldwide for a very diverse audience from children to experts.

I published my first book ‘Cybergevaar‘ (Lannoo) in 2013. A German translation became available ‘Cybergefahr‘ (Springer) in 2015. An updated and expanded English edition ‘Cyberdanger‘ (Springer) was published in 2019. In 2020 together with co-author Alain Dierckx I published my first SF Cyberthriller ‘Het Virus‘ (Lannoo).

I recommend the ‘press/media page’ and the ‘family/friends page’ if you want to know more about me. Also my Blog could be interesting for you. Within these pages you will find ‘The Most Comprehensive List of Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Sites’ with over 10.000 links in total.

A large BIO, CV and press pictures (see also below) are available on demand. I speak Dutch, English, French and German. However if you send me an email, I will only reply in English or Dutch.

How to contact me

You can contact me via the email-address at the bottom of this page or via similar addresses from my other domains like, etc. Press people may contact me by phone directly, alternatively you may contact G DATA’s PR managers to reach me. I am available 24/7 for press people on my mobile phone!  If you can’t reach me, try to contact Dirk Cools at G DATA or catch me by email or by a direct message at my social networks LinkedIn or Twitter.

You can contact me via the email-address ‘info (at) wavci (dot) com’ or via my G DATA email-address. Don’t forget of course to replace ‘at’ with @ and ‘dot’ with . to create a normal email address, this is done for anti-spam purposes.

Press pictures free available

You can download some hi-res press pictures here (35 Mb) and other hi-res press pictures here (9 Mb) and use them for your publications.

You can download here also the hi-res coverpage of  ‘Cybergevaar’ my book.

This site is and will remain always completely independent!

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