Security Experts - Global Research & Analysis Team

Established in 2008, Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) operates at the very heart of Kaspersky, uncovering APTs, cyber-espionage campaigns, major malware, ransomware, and underground cyber-criminal trends across the world. Today GReAT consists of 40+ experts working globally – in Europe, Russia, Americas, Asia, Middle East. Talented security professionals provide company leadership in anti-malware research and innovation, bringing unrivaled expertise, passion and curiosity to the discovery and analysis of cyberthreats.

Costin Raiu

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team

Costin Raiu

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team

Costin specializes in analyzing advanced persistent threats and high-level malware attacks. He is leading the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky that researched the inner workings of Stuxnet, Duqu, Carbanak and more recently, Lazarus, BlueNoroff, Moonlight Maze and the Equation group. Costin’s work includes analyzing malicious websites, exploits and online banking malware.

Costin has over 24 years of experience in anti-virus technologies and security research. He is a member of the Virus Bulletin Technical Advisory Board, a member of the Computer AntiVirus Researchers’ Organization (CARO) and a reporter for the Wildlist Organization International. Before joining Kaspersky, Costin worked for GeCad as Chief Researcher and as a Data Security Expert with the RAV antivirus developers group.

Costin joined Kaspersky Lab in 2000 and became the Director of the Global Research & Analysis Team in 2010.

Some of his hobbies include chess, photography and the Science Fiction literature.

Sergey Novikov

Deputy Director, Global Research & Analysis Team

Sergey Novikov

Deputy Director, Global Research & Analysis Team

Sergey joined Kaspersky in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Director for the company’s Global Research & Analysis Team in March 2013. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Sergey was the Head of the company’s Global Research & Analysis Team in the EEMEA region.

Sergey is responsible managing the department’s operational activities in addition organizing Kaspersky’s annual Security Analyst Summit. Each year the summit brings the world’s best IT security experts together to collaborate and exchange research alongside international organizations, law enforcement agencies and technology companies.

Sergey has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering and holds a postgraduate degree in IT Security. He is based in Moscow.

Dmitry Bestuzhev

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, Latin America

Dmitry Bestuzhev

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, Latin America

Dmitry Bestuzhev is Director of Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team in Latin America, where he oversees the company’s anti-malware and threat intelligence research by experts in the region.

Dmitry joined Kaspersky in 2007 as a Malware Analyst, monitoring the local threat landscape and providing preliminary analysis. By 2008, he had become Senior Regional Researcher for the Latin American region and was appointed to his current role in 2010.

In addition to overseeing anti-malware research and analysis work, Dmitry produces intelligence reports and forecasts for the region and is frequently sought out by international media and organizations for his expert commentary on IT security. Dmitry’s wide field of expertise covers everything from high profile attacks on financial institutions to traditional cybercrime underground activity. Dmitry is also an expert in corporate security, cyber-espionage and complex targeted attacks and participates in various educational initiatives throughout the Americas.

Dmitry has more than two decades of experience in IT security across a wide variety of roles and is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian.

Marco Preuss

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, Europe

Marco Preuss

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, Europe

Marco was appointed Director of Europe for the company’s Global Research & Analysis Team in March 2013. Prior to becoming Director of Europe, Marco served as the Head of Kaspersky's Global Research & Analysis Team in Germany and Senior Security Researcher.

Marco has been working in the area of networking and IT security since the early 2000s. Having a long time experience in his role, he is responsible for monitoring the threat landscape in Europe while specializing in threat intelligence, darknet research, password security, IoT security and privacy. In addition to research-related projects, Marco is a regular speaker at both closed and public events, and maintains close contact with security partners.

Marco began his career with Kaspersky back in 2004 as a Technical Consultant, providing expert knowledge on Linux and Unix-based systems. He has also been involved in corporate sales management, before moving on to become the technical contact for the OEM department, supporting customized solutions. Marco worked extensively with the company’s product design and development teams and joined the research team as a Virus Analyst in 2009.

Vitaly Kamluk

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, APAC

Vitaly Kamluk

Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, APAC

Vitaly has been involved in research at Kaspersky since 2005. In 2008, he was appointed Senior Antivirus Expert, before becoming Director of the EEMEA Research Center in 2009. In 2014 he was seconded to INTERPOL, where for two years he worked in the Digital Crime Center, specializing in malware reverse engineering, digital forensics and cybercrime investigation. Currently Vitaly is based in Singapore and is leading a team of APAC threat researchers focused on targeted attacks investigation. He is the author of Kaspersky’s first open-source project, a remote digital forensics tool called Bitscout, made available on Github.

Vitaly has presented at many international security conferences as well as multiple invite-only security events. He is a trainer in malware analysis, YARA for malware hunters, and remote digital forensics.

Christian Funk

Head of Global Research & Analysis Team, DACH

Christian Funk

Head of Global Research & Analysis Team, DACH

Christian Funk has been head of the German Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky since 2014. He joined the company in 2007 and was appointed as a Virus Analyst for Central Europe one year later.

His areas of expertise include malware trends, mobile threats, IoT technologies, social networking and observing the online gaming black market. His other responsibilities include conducting employee training and compiling IT security statistics. In addition, he is a regular keynote speaker at national and international technology trade shows and IT security events.

Christian Funk studied computer science with a focus on information management at the University of Applied Sciences in Ingolstadt.

Maria Namestnikova

Head of Global Research & Analysis Team, Russia

Maria Namestnikova

Head of Global Research & Analysis Team, Russia

Maria started working at Kaspersky in 2008 as a spam analyst before leaving briefly between 2012 and 2014. During her first period working at the company, she had dozens of blog posts published on Securelist, including several articles, about 30 spam reports and regular presentations on different events.

When Maria left in 2012, she joined one of the leading Russian game development teams - Allods Team, working there for over two years. While there, she took part in the creation of a large AAA MMORPG and returned to Kaspersky once the project had been launched.

Following her return in 2014, Maria worked on children's digital security and the Kaspersky Safe Kids product. During this period, there were dozens of articles published on the kids.kaspersky.ru website, and on third-party sites, as well as dozens of speeches made for children, parents, teachers, industry and government representatives and press conferences organized in different cities to raise awareness about digital security. Maria also published a textbook on digital security for Russian schools.

In late 2019, Maria joined the GReAT team as a security expert and part of a team organizing the Kaspersky SAS conference. A year later, Maria was appointed to the position of Head of GReAT Russia.

Mohamad Amin Hasbini

Head of Research Center, Global Research & Analysis Team, Middle East, Turkey and Africa

Mohamad Amin Hasbini

Head of Research Center, Global Research & Analysis Team, Middle East, Turkey and Africa

Dr. Mohamad Amin Hasbini joined Kaspersky in 2013 as a Senior Security Researcher in the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT). He is now head of the same research center for the META region. Amin is responsible for Kaspersky’s expert positioning, research expansion, and knowledge maturity in four regional offices. He has a PHD in smart cities information security from the Brunel University in London.

Prior to joining Kaspersky, Amin was a senior consultant at Deloitte and Touche Middle East. Before that, he worked as a senior security Engineer at DataConsult in Lebanon.

Dr. Hasbini worked on numerous large-scale defensive infrastructure deployments, industrial and consulting projects for government entities, banks, service providers, oil and gas companies, and others. He has also taught security courses in forensics, malware analysis and ethical hacking.

Amin is specialized in wide-scale cyber-defense and anti-APT tools and techniques. He has written a number of publications on advanced malware operations and smart cities security, presented at more than 100 conferences worldwide and received numerous accolades.

David Emm

Principal Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

David Emm

Principal Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

David Emm is Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky, a provider of security and threat management solutions.

David joined Kaspersky in 2004. He is a member of the company's Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) and has worked in the anti-malware industry since 1990 in a variety of roles, including that of Senior Technology Consultant at Dr Solomon's Software, and Systems Engineer and Product Manager at McAfee.

In his current role, David regularly delivers presentations on malware and other IT security threats at exhibitions and events, highlighting what organisations and consumers can do to stay safe online. He also provides comment to broadcast and print media on the ever-changing cyber-security and threat landscape. David has a strong interest in malware, ID theft and the human aspects of security, and is a knowledgeable advisor on all aspects of online security.

Kurt Baumgartner

Principal Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Kurt Baumgartner

Principal Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Kurt joined Kaspersky in 2010. He researches and reports on targeted attack activity, complex intrusions, and advanced malware. He focuses on privacy and cryptography technologies.

Kurt contributes to working groups and shares his findings with other members of various online communities. He regularly gives presentations on malware issues at international conferences and offers his thoughts to a variety of journalists and media about current cybersecurity matters.

Prior to joining Kaspersky, Kurt was VP of Behavioral Threat Research at Symantec for PC Tools’ ThreatFire. Originally joining ThreatFire when it was a startup in 2005, Kurt was as their sole researcher and led their research efforts through two successful acquisitions. Before Symantec, Kurt was Chief Threat Officer at Novatix and a Threat Analyst at SonicWALL.

David Jacoby

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

David Jacoby

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

David joined Kaspersky in 2010 as a senior security researcher for the Nordic region. From his base in Sweden, he is also responsible for technical PR activities for the same region and for North Europe, where he acts as a technical spokesperson.

David has a passion for researching vulnerabilities and threats. His research often focuses on identifying vulnerabilities and threats in not only enterprise environments but also identifying social and psychological threats in, for example, social media. He also has a true passion for alternative operating systems such as UNIX, Linux, BSD, etc.

Prior to joining Kaspersky, David worked in vulnerability research and vulnerability management. He was a senior security researcher, advisor and consultant at TrueSec AB. Before joining TrueSec AB in 2008, David worked for seven years at Outpost24, starting out as chief researcher and rising to vice president for customer experience by the time he left the company.

Ariel Jungheit

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Ariel Jungheit

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Ariel Jungheit is a security researcher on the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky. Based in Germany, Ariel’s interest in cybersecurity stems from his time in national military service, and before joining Kaspersky, he worked for FireEye and iSight as a senior security analyst and an intelligence analyst respectively. At Kaspersky, he`s contributing to GReAT’s mission by helping to investigate the most active and advanced threat actors, targeted attacks, attacker tools and more. Ariel’s professional passions includes reverse engineering malware, uncovering, tracking and analyzing APT campaigns and reporting all about it.

Fabio Assolini

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Fabio Assolini

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Fabio Assolini joined Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), which boasts the industry’s top analysts, in July 2009 to primarily focus on one of the most dynamic countries in Latin America: Brazil. Fabio’s responsibilities include the analysis of virus, cyber attacks, banking trojans and other types of malware that originate from Brazil and the rest of the region. He particularly focuses on the research and detection of banking trojans. In November 2012, he was promoted to senior security researcher.

Since 2006, Fabio has been a voluntary member of the security community Linha Defensiva (Defensive Line), a non-government organization. In addition, he is a member of the Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals (ASAP), a network of NGOs, professionals and individuals dedicated to providing security related support to end users. Fabio has more than five years of experience as a malware analyst and possesses a university degree in Computer Science.

Jornt van der Wiel

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Jornt van der Wiel

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Jornt works as a local security expert for the BeNeLux region in Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT). During his time at the company, Jornt has managed several different high-profile projects. For instance, he helped the Dutch police with the Coinvault case, that led to the arrest of two malware authors. After this success, Jornt was a driving force behind the NoMoreRansom project. Together with various law enforcement agencies, he identified several servers that held cryptographic keys of ransomware victims. As a result, more than 35,000 people got their files back without paying the criminals and the action prevented millions of dollars going into the pockets of criminals.

Jornt also speaks at national and international conferences, is a regular media commentator and alongside his malware research, offers malware reverse engineering training.

Before joining Kaspersky in 2014, Jornt worked as a researcher/developer for Security Matters. Whilst he was there, he implemented and designed detection modules for Intrusion Detection Systems that operate in an Industrial Control System (ICS) environment. Prior to that, Jornt worked as a security consultant for Digidentity, where he improved existing products by creating new software and cryptographic algorithms. He has also worked as a consultant at the Rijkswaterstaat Security Operations Center (the governmental institution responsible for roads and water management), where he was actively involved in securing ICS environments.

Santiago Pontiroli

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Santiago Pontiroli

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Santiago Pontiroli joined Kaspersky's Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) as a security researcher in 2013. His principal responsibilities include the analysis and investigation of security threats in the Latin American region, the development of automatization tools, reverse engineering of programs with malicious code and creating analysis reports derived from threat intelligence studies.

His expertise includes the analysis of gaming trends and threats, the evolution of the cryptocurrency sector and implementation of blockchain technologies.

Santiago regularly trains executives in topics such as threat intelligence, YARA, and advanced malware analysis. He has been quoted in industry publications across Latin America and has participated as a notable speaker in industry conferences worldwide, including Virus Bulletin, BSides New York and Chile, Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) and Nuit du Hack, among others.

Santiago holds degrees in systems engineering and systems analysis from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional F.R.L.P in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Roberto Martínez

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Roberto Martínez

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Roberto Martinez joined Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team in April 2012. As Senior Security Researcher, he is responsible for monitoring and detecting new cyberthreats in Latin America through the analysis and forecasts of local trends, with a special focus on threat intelligence.

He is a former security consultant and trainer for governments, the military, intelligence agencies, financial institutions and private corporations in Latin America and is a member of ALAPSI (Latin America Association of Information Security Professionals) and HTCIA (High Technology Crime Investigation Association).

Roberto has extensive experience in the cybersecurity field, he’s worked as a penetration tester, digital forensics investigator, incident responder, malware analyst, threat hunter, and as a certified trainer. He studied at the University of Guadalajara and Universidad Tec Milenio (ITESM) and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Noushin Shabab

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, ANZ

Noushin Shabab

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, ANZ

Noushin Shabab is a cybersecurity researcher based in Australia, specializing in reverse engineering and targeted attack investigations.

She joined Kaspersky in 2016 as a senior security researcher in the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT). Her research focuses on the investigation of advanced cyber-criminal activities and targeted attacks with a particular focus on local threats in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Kaspersky, Noushin worked as a senior malware analyst and security software developer focusing on rootkit analysis and detection techniques as well as APT attack investigations.

Noushin is very active in the local cybersecurity community in Australia and New Zealand where she regularly presents at various security conferences and events and also delivers technical workshops. She is also a member of the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) which aims to connect, support, collaborate and inspire women in the Australian cybersecurity industry. She was the first mentor to provide technical workshops and mentorship in the AWSN cadets program. This initiative aims to bridge the gap between university and industry by bringing together female students from different universities interested in pursuing a career in the information security space.

Maher Yamout

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky

Maher Yamout

Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky

Maher Yamout joined Kaspersky in 2018 as a Senior Security Researcher in the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT). Maher is responsible for Kaspersky’s expert positioning in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, as well as cyber threat research, threat intelligence development, and knowledge support of the regional office in Dubai, UAE.

Prior to joining Kaspersky, Maher was a Specialist Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche M.E., preceded as Information Security Officer in the Lebanese Government. Maher lead and engaged in many security assessments, digital forensics and incident response activities for a multitude of clients and in several industries across UK, Middle East and the GCC region. The security assessments included but not limited to red teaming, penetration testing, industrial control systems security, mobile and web application security testing, physical security testing, and more. Maher also engaged in responding to many incidents such as phishing, ransomware attacks, cyber-espionage, APTs, POS malware, online banking thefts, fraud, and insider threat.

Maher is specialized in cyber threat intelligence, incident response and targeted attacks mitigation. He holds degrees in computer science and computer & communication, pursuing a Master degree in Intelligence Studies, and possess multiple certificates from GIAC, ISC2 and others.

Abdessabour Arous

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Abdessabour Arous

Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

Abdessabour Arous is a Security Researcher in the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT). His primary role is to track and expose Advanced Persistence Threats (APTs) targeting the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Abdessabour has extensive experience in cybersecurity, with more than 14 years spent in various roles from malware analysis, incident response and digital forensics to cyber-intelligence and counter-intelligence. Abdessabour holds an Engineering Degree in Information Systems with multiple offensive and defensive security certifications.