Everyone who is anyone in the anti-malware industry will be meeting in Berlin next week for the 23rd Virus Bulletin International Conference.
Every year the biggest brains of the IT security industry convene somewhere in the world to discuss the latest developments in cybercrime, learn about new research and technologies, watch presentations from the very people who write your anti-virus software, and gather intelligence on emerging threats.
It's also a great place for delegates to network with vendors, top industry experts and other IT security professionals - comparing best practices and experiences.
This year the venue is the Maritim Hotel in Berlin. Last time I was at that hotel a volcano stopped me from getting home - hopefully I won't have the same issue this year.
All of the big anti-malware vendors will be in attendance - including Avast, Avira, BitDefender, ESET, Fortinent, F-Secure, Google, Intego, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro and many more - discussing everything from surviving zero-day attacks to ethics in the age of Wikileaks, botnets and blackholes, from Android attacks to APTs, to anti-malware measures in AutoCAD.
Oh, and there's also normally a fair bit of "socialising" going on in the hotel bar, if that's your kind of thing...
I'm delighted to announce that I am also giving a presentation this year, with top ecrime investigator Bob Burls, about how an international malware gang was brought down by "Operation Crossbill". You can see the full conference programme, and abstracts of papers, here.
If you're at the VB2013 conference next week, please come up and say "hi".
And if you can't make it to Berlin next week, how about making a date now for VB2014 next year in Seattle?