February 16, 2012 | San Diego | Press Releases

Righard Zwienenberg Joins ESET as Senior Research Fellow

ESET today announced that Righard J. Zwienenberg, household name in the AV industry, has joined ESET as a senior research fellow and core member of the company’s Technology Division. Zwienenberg will be working alongside other senior researchers and leading technology experts at ESET Headquarters in Bratislava as well as in the Netherlands.


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 analyzed my first computer virus in 1987, while Righard encountered his first virus just a year afterwards,” said Miroslav Trnka, ESET co-founder. “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.


"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,” said Richard Marko, ESET CEO. “Righard’s unparalleled experience is matched with his innovative thinking and I warmly welcome him on board.”


 “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,” said Zwienenberg.


Zwienenberg 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 Zwienenberg took the role of Chief Research Officer at Norman.


After Antimalware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) was formed, Zwienenberg was chosen as its president and he will now represent ESET within this organization. He also currently serves as a Vice-President of AVAR and on the Technical Overview Board of the WildList. Additionally, Zwienenberg has been member of Computer Antivirus Research Organization (CARO) 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 began playing the drums. He is also considering joining ESET-based rock band Lost Clusters that includes both Miroslav Trnka and Richard Marko.


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