Permanent link: [Article]-Interview: Lenny Zeltser of Savvis and SANS Institute
By Jamy Klein, MSIA, CISSP
According to Panda Labs over 25 million new pieces of malware were released into the wild in 2009. 2010 is expected to be even worse. In addition to sheer volume, malware is becoming more sophisticated and targeted as a result of the influx of organized crime and state sponsors into the realm of malware authoring. Due to this unsavory trend, the SANS Institute has developed a course, Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques AKA FORENSICS 610, to help white hats that need essential malware analysis skills and also to prepare security professionals for the GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) certification. SANS describes FOR610, as:
In my work as a Security Engineer, I am frequently asked to analyze web sites and file downloads for potential infection. This course filled both a professional need and personal interest need for me in malware analysis. After attending the 4-day course (now officially a 5-day course) at SANS Security West 2010 in San Diego, I sat down with the course author and instructor, Lenny Zeltser, to discuss his background, the course and malware analysis in general.
Thanks Jamy and Lenny,