ACE Seminar: Analyzing Malware at Scale

Speaker: Marco Cova

Date/Time: 14-May-2015, 15:00 UTC

Venue: Roberts 309


Malware is one of the main threats in today's security landscape. Effectively analyzing malware requires to tackle two main challenges: scaling the analysis to very large numbers of artifacts (as a data point, AV companies report finding two novel malicious samples every second), and dealing with evasive malware (samples that are aware of analysis systems and actively try to evade them).

In this talk, we will draw on our experience with designing and running malware analysis systems to discuss some aspects of these challenges and to present a number of solutions. In particular, we will focus on the techniques and approaches we have used to build efficient analysis pipelines and some of the approaches to deal with evasive malware.

We will also discuss the value (and potential pitfalls) of building and making available tools as part of one's academic research.


Marco Cova is a senior security researcher and a member of the founding team of Lastline, a company providing anti-malware solutions.

Before defecting to the industry, he was a Lecturer in Computer Security with the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. He has received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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