Righard Zwienenberg Joins ESET as Senior Research Fellow
Righard J. Zwienenberg, household name in the AV industry, is joining ESET as a Senior Research Fellow,
a core member of the company’s Technology Division. He will be working along other senior researchers
and leading technology experts at ESET Headquarters in Bratislava and in his home country of the Netherlands.
Righard Zwienenberg started researching computer viruses in 1988 after encountering the virus problems on a system at the Technical University of Delft. Ever since, he has studied virus behavior and presented
solutions and detection schemes.
“I have analyzed my first computer virus in 1987, while Righard encountered his first virus just a year afterwards.
After more than two decades in the industry, Righard remains a shining star of this business and he will be a great addition to team ESET,” says ESET co-founder Miroslav Trnka.
"Given that our software has been at the forefront of fighting malware for the past 25 years, innovation is an integral part of our world. Righard’s unparalleled experience is matched with his innovative thinking, I warmly welcome him
on board,” adds ESET CEO Richard Marko.
Righard is excited about the new challenges at ESET.
“I am happy to join a technologically driven company like ESET. This company has been one of the leaders
in the industry since the very beginning. I am excited to work with the team on new challenges for the next decade,”
says Righard Zwienenberg.
Righard started in 1995 at the Research and Development department of ESaSS BV – developers of ThunderBYTE – to reinforce the team and have some new challenges in life. In 1998, Norman Data Defense Systems acquired ESaSS and he joined the Norman Development team to work on the engine of Norman Virus Control. In 2005 Righard Zwienenberg took the role of Chief Research Officer at Norman. After Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) was formed, Righard was chosen as its president. He will now represent ESET within this organization. He is currently serving as a Vice-President of AVAR and on the Technical Overview
Board of the WildList.
Additionally, Righard is a member of CARO (Computer Antivirus Research Organization) since late 1991. His interests are not limited to viruses but over the past years have broadened to include general security issues
and encryption technologies. A few years ago he took up the art of magic again and playing the drums and is considering joining ESET-based rock band Lost Clusters that includes both Miroslav Trnka and Richard Marko.
Founded in 1992, ESET is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. The Company pioneered, and continues to lead, the industry in proactive threat detection. ESET NOD32 Antivirus holds the world record for the number of Virus Bulletin "VB100” Awards, and has never missed a single “In-the-Wild” worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998. ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Smart Security and ESET Cybersecurity for Mac are trusted by millions of global users and are among the most recommended security solutions in the world.
The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore. ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Prague (Czech Republic), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia), and an extensive partner network for 180 countries.