Notes from the VB Conference

Back in our labs in Dublin, Melbourne, and Redmond from the 2009 Virus Bulletin conference! 

This year there were almost 400 attendees and 49 presentations covered by 60 speakers (7 of them from Microsoft). The MMPC had presenters from all three labs at the conference and we started and ended the technical stream. The topics this year included malware, spam, and this year's hot topic, cloud technology.  There were also interesting talks on social networks, URL shortening, browser plug-ins, Banker trojans, and testing the performance of in-the-cloud antivirus scanners.

It was exciting for our first-time speakers to meet others from the industry. It was also an opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues. The welcome drinks and gala dinner allowed us to mingle with them in a relaxed atmosphere. Microsoft also won second place in the IT Security Table Foosball Championship. Francis from the Dublin MMPC lab and Terry from the Antispam team played against foosball teams from other companies.

We had also the chance to see some sights in Geneva and the surrounding countryside and vineyards (which are directly adjacent to France). Luckily, the weather was perfect the whole time we were there and so the beautiful fountain in Lake Geneva, the Jet d’eau, was turned on every day. We also saw the flower clock and the old town with its gorgeous architecture.

Next year, the Virus Bulletin conference will be in Vancouver. We're certainly looking forward to it.



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