If you’ve never been to an AVAR (Association of anti-virus Asia researchers) conference then I can highly recommend it - some of the world’s leading security experts meet to discuss the latest technical developments in malware, and how to protect against them.
The conference takes place in a different country each year (in 2015 it will be in Vietnam), and over the years has seen many interesting technical papers from researchers across Asia and Australasia.
Last week I was honoured to give the keynote speech at the AVAR 2014 conference in Sydney, Australia.
I don’t mind admitting that it’s somewhat daunting to find yourself in front of some of the biggest brains in the world of anti-virus software.
Oh well, I thought… I can always warm them up with a quick rendition of the anti-virus industry anthem?
What’s that? You didn’t know there was an official anti-virus industry song?
Here it is, as captured on video by Juha Saarinen and Stilgherrian who unfortunately had a video camera hidden about their person:
I’ll be honest with you - the audience participation on that particular occasion wasn’t stellar (we had another go at the closing panel), but at least I didn’t include the third verse about John McAfee’s uneventful retirement in Belize…
For those who are interested, here are the lyrics (which should be sung to the tune of “God Save the Queen”:
# Death to the virus hackers
We want to chop their knackers
Off with a knife
Make us victorious
Over the notorious
Polymorphic code is laborious
To Analyse #
Despite this terrible aberration, the generous delegates of the AVAR conference were kind enough to vote me “Best speaker” for which I am immensely grateful and humbled.
Photos credit: Andreas Marx, AV-TEST