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Verizon’s ICSA Labs Grabs Roger Thompson to Lead Research of Emerging Threats

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The threat vulnerability seems unlimited with the countless devices, websites and social media avenues and groups such as ICSA Labs, a division of Verizon, are making appointments to supply counter measures.

The independent division that handles security product testing has grabbed Roger Thompson to be the company’s first chief emerging threats researcher. He will be responsible for evaluating how threats will impact the consumer, the devices they use and the sites they access.

“Before software security vendors can design and build products that stay a step ahead of the bad guys, the security industry must better understand the behavior of the criminal element,” Thompson said. “If we can better understand how the people create malicious code to outsmart existing security products and why, then we can engineer products that offer better protection.”

Verizon describes Thompson as “a pioneer in combating malware,” and identified him as the creator of Australia’s first anti-virus program appropriately named, the Virus Buster.

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