A security industry veteran, Mary Landesman has been researching malware and security events since the Michelangelo virus appeared in Feb 1991. As a senior security researcher for Cisco TRAC, a division of Cisco SIO, Mary analyzes large data sets to determine the latest Web-based threats and security trends. Mary's analytic skills enabled her to be the first to discover Gumblar in 2009 and the first widespread compromise of Web hosting servers in late 2006.
Prior to joining Cisco via the ScanSafe acquisition, Mary was a senior manager for the Microsoft Anti-Malware Research and Response Team where she employed her data analytics skill to kickoff the first Microsoft Annual Security Reports. During the height of the email worm wars, Mary was the Malware Response Coordinator for FrontBridge Technologies where she was responsible for discovering new outbreaks and writing the defensive rules for pre-signature quarantine. Other security industry roles have included Product Manager for InDefense, Inc. and Technical Support Supervisor for Command Software Systems. Mary has also consulted to various other security firms throughout the years, including Shavlik Technologies, AV-Test.org, Trend Micro, and ReversingLabs.
Mary has published a multitude of security focused articles in a variety of publications, including Virus Bulletin, Elsevier, PC World, and ZDNet. She has also presented at several conferences, including e-Crime Congress, Virus Bulletin, RSA, and Gartner.
In 2009, 2010, and again in 2011, Mary was awarded a Microsoft MVP for her role in furthering consumer security. In 2010, Apollo Research declared Mary the most quoted security researcher for malware and phishing and third most quoted for security overall. In 2012, eWeek magazine listed Mary as one of the "10 Women in Information Security that Everyone Should Know".