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Mumbai MalCon gets media
By Sameer

Mumbai will be hosting the MalCon conference on Dec 3, 2010.  On its website, it describes itself as ‘the world’s first platform bringing together Malware and Information Security Researchers from across the globe to share key research insights into building and containment of the next generation malware’. 

If the organizers of this Malware meet achieve their aims,  not only will they have ethical hackers and security experts at the conference,  but also some people who have practical experience in developing viruses, worms, Trojans and keyloggers.  The conference is also asking ‘malware researchers and coders to submit their work for research’

Even as MalCon in Mumbai makes it clear that ‘it does NOT promote malware creation’, as this is a first of its kind of public conference, it has drawn some international attention.

Security guru Brian Krebs, who worked as a reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, has blogged about it.

One of the world’s most respected security blogs Threatpost has also given MalCon a substantial write up.

The world’s most popular website for geeks, Slashdot, has also written about MalCon

It is rare for any new Indian idea in the field of security software to get so much international attention.

So how are things at MalCon leading up to their first conference?  In August, MalCon has received Call for Paper (CFP) entries from International speakers who have previously presented at Defcon and BlackHat. Over half a dozen CFP entries for malwares on mobiles have been submitted by young students (from school).  MalCon has also received a couple of entries from researchers on new algorithms to detect Malwares. Not surprisingly, some Law enforcement agencies are also supporting the concept, as they feel that participants will be able to assist the Law in effective countermeasures for National Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Techgoss caught up with Rajshekhar Murthy who is a key player in India’s security software industry as well as one of the organizers of the conference.  Rajshekhar told Techgoss: "It is not about rapid malware analysis but about detection. Technology or not, MalCon conference or not, there are new malwares out there constantly being created. Even if the available handful of security vendors have their own team of researchers for analysis, this is not enough. Active and open participation by ‘ethical malcoders’ will help advance the research and containment capability of our existing methods. So the question is, do you have enough confidence on your anti-virus / anti-malware program? If yes, then you have nothing to worry about. If No, then its all the more important you attend this conference".


(8/30/2010)
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