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Virus Bulletin

Virus Bulletin is a security information portal, testing and certification body with a formidable reputation for providing users with independent intelligence about the latest developments in the global threat landscape.

The annual international Virus Bulletin conference is cited by many as the IT security event of the year.

The people behind Virus Bulletin

Virus Bulletin is headquartered in Oxfordshire, UK with staff both in-house and working remotely across Europe. Supporting the core team are a consultant Technical Editor and an Advisory Board comprising some of the world's leading IT security experts.


Peter Karsai - Head of Testing

Peter-Karsai-100.jpgPeter Karsai comes from the vendor side of IT security, after having been the product manager for Vamsoft ORF, a spam filter product for Microsoft® Exchange Server, for 15 years. He has an extensive background in software design and development and is fascinated by everything IT security. When he is offline, he spends his time with his kids, or in the workshop, turning wood into sawdust (man glitter, that is!).

Peter joined Virus Bulletin in 2017 to focus on managing and developing the company's testing activities.

Peter Karsai can be contacted at peter.karsai@virusbulletin.com.


Allison Sketchley - Sales Executive

Allison Sketchley

Having spent the majority of her working life in finance, and with the previous 7.5 years spent in credit control, Allison decided in 2007 to broaden her horizons to include sales. Allison joined Virus Bulletin in March 2007 and is responsible for the sales function for the whole suite of VB products and services encompassing the annual VB conference, VB100, VBSpam & VBWeb. Of the move to sales she felt it would make a refreshing change to contact people without having to demand payment all of the time. Though, lest she forget her finance roots, she also maintains the accounting side of VB's operations.

Allison Sketchley can be contacted at allison.sketchley@virusbulletin.com.


Adrian Luca - Security Test Engineer


Adrian joined Virus Bulletin in September 2014 after having spent three years working as an anti-spam researcher at Bitdefender in his native Romania. At Bitdefender, Adrian built an IPS blacklisting filter and learned a lot about spam and IPS.

Adrian has a Master's degree in network communication and a licence degree in electronic and telecommunication from Polytechnic University of Iasi. He enjoys scripting languages such as Perl, the security field, and learning new things. Adrian's work at Virus Bulletin focuses on the company's VBWeb web filter tests.


Csaba Mészáros – Security Test Engineer

csaba_meszaros.jpgCsaba has a Bachelor's degree in electronic engineering with telecommunication from the "Miklos Zrinyi National Defense" University in Budapest, Hungary. He spent six years working in the Hungarian Defense Forces and NATO as a professional soldier (officer) where he led a CIS platoon. He then spent five years at Citibank and BT as an applications security and vulnerability management consultant, where he gained knowledge of IT security programmes and products/systems information security certification.

Csaba joined Virus Bulletin in November 2018, where his responsibilities include assisting with the VB100 testing of anti-malware products.


Tony Oliveira - Security Test Engineer


Tony joined the Virus Bulletin team in June 2014 as a security test engineer with a background in network administration as well as systems integration, and a vast experience of implementing and managing a wide range of hardware and software in data centres as well as ISP-type environments. His experience at Nokia Siemens (NSN) allowed him to work on two major projects which were based in Greece (Athens, six months) and China (Beijing, six months). He was also responsible for the E2E System Verification team for the NSN Streaming product line: OTT devices based on IPTV. Tony has a solid understanding of testing processes and how they fit within the product and project delivery processes.

"I'm of the belief that most technical decisions must be made within the context of larger business constraints. Throughout my career I have strived to keep business issues in the forefront, be it as a systems tester implementing a test framework to capture defects as early as possible, or as the product manager for an enterprise system, allocating resources and prioritizing enhancements to meet strategic objectives. Focusing on business imperatives is a core value of mine, one that I bring to every project on which I work."


Ionuț Răileanu - Security Test Engineer


Ionuț has a Bachelor's degree in computer science from the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iasi, Romania. He spent four years as an Antispam Researcher at Bitdefender, where he developed an email blacklisting filter and gained experience in the anti-spam field.

Ionuț joined Virus Bulletin in September 2015, where his responsibilities include assisting with the VBSpam comparative testing of anti-spam products.



Helen Martin - Editorial Assistant


After leaving Oxford University with a degree in Biology, Helen became involved in the publishing industry, working on titles ranging from academic scientific journals to trade magazines and a parenting website.

In 2001, Helen took up the position of Editor of Virus Bulletin, with overall responsibility for the company's publications, events and testing activities.

After 13 years as Editor, in May 2014 Helen chose to combine a move to rural Italy with scaling back her responsibilities and took on the new role of Editorial Assistant - retaining responsibility for proofing and editing Virus Bulletin's material and assisting in the planning and organising of the VB conference.


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