Sophos invited to speak at MIT Computer Science lecture

Sophos Press Release

Paul Ducklin to demonstrate a live malware attack

Paul Ducklin
Sophos's Paul Ducklin will be demonstrating a live malware attack at MIT

Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, announced that Paul Ducklin, Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, has been invited to speak at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory course, "Computers and Network Security" on May 6, 2009 at 11:00 am EDT.

Invited as a guest speaker by Professor Ronald Rivest, of Computer Science in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Paul will conduct a live demo, in a safe environment using real malware, to show students how a modern cybercriminal attack works and how to better understand how even a well-informed user can be tricked.

While at RSA 2009 in April, 2009, Paul Ducklin conducted a live demonstration of a malware attack. In the audience was, Ronald Rivest, one of the founders of RSA and a renowned researcher in cryptography, computer and network security, electronic voting, and algorithms. Rivest extended an invitation to Paul to participate as a guest lecturer for his Computers and Network Security course at MIT.

"It is an honor to be invited by such a highly respected security researcher," said Paul Ducklin, Sophos's Head of Technology, Asia Pacific. "I am excited to share this live demonstration with the students as it gives insight into the scale of the problem seen by SophosLabs, which deal with 30,000 newly infected URLs and 20,000 malware samples every day."

About Paul Ducklin: Head of Technology, Asia Pacific

Paul Ducklin joined Sophos from the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in 1995.

He has held a variety of roles within Sophos, including heading up Sophos's global technical support operations.

One of the world's leading virus experts, Paul has given papers and presentations at various industry events including Virus Bulletin, AusCERT and RSA conferences. He has also written numerous articles on the virus threat and is a respected industry spokesperson.

Paul is a press contact for Australia and New Zealand and is available to talk to the media about virus, spam, spyware and related security issues.

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at