Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL)

Malware and Reverse Engineering Conference 2024

Reverse engineers and malware researchers enjoyed high-quality speakers and networking at MRE 2023, and we are now preparing MRE 2024, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday, the 19th and 20th of February, 2024.

MRE-2024 is a bridge between industry, government and academia, with a strong focus on practical results from research and development projects in reverse engineering and malware research.

The conference aims to cover:

  • Reverse engineering and compiled program analysis,
  • Behavioral and attribution analysis of malware,
  • Incident response,
  • Impacts into critical infrastructure,
  • Threat intelligence


Australian Computer Society,
Level 14, 839 Collins Street,


Registration for MRE 2024 is now open and early bird tickets are available from Eventbrite.

2024 Program and Keynote Speakers

Katherine Robins - IBM

Katherine Robins leads the Cyber Security Services practice at IBM in Australia and New Zealand.  She has a 25+ cyber security career driving architecture, design, delivery and innovation in cyber security across many industry sectors such as financial, government, automotive, mining, energy, etc. Katherine is a volunteer and mentor for women in STEM and a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion.

Emerging technologies and the impact to malware and what we need to consider as security professionals

The keynote will link some of the emerging technologies and the security use cases for good and the use cases for bad and how we can adjust our skills and our responses to better enable better detection and response capabilities for the nefarious use cases and how we can lean in to using these technologies for good


The confirmed speakers for MRE 2024 include:

Chathura Abe KPMG Beyond Binaries Boundaries: A Strategic Approach with CTI and the Power of Malware Reversing
Kaif Ahsan Atlassian Olympic Destroyer, A Masterclass in Misdirection
Ejaz Ahmed Data 61 Automated Deobfuscation of Windows API Names from Binaries
Gavin BrownCyberbitCyber Threats Evolve - Shouldn't Your Cybersecurity Skills
Tarek Chaalan  Security Centric / ICSL AI Under Attack: Strategies to Defend Against Cybersecurity Attacks on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Gyle dela Cruz Threat Hunting - Lets Start at the Very Beginning
Karl Denton Malware Musings Building a Debugger From The Ground Up
Jens DietrichVictoria University at Wellington (NZ)The Limitations of Software Composition Analysis
Farhan Farooq Amazon Threat Modelling for Ransomware
Tim Haintz Microsoft / ICSL Work and Study: A Winning Combination for Personal and Professional Growth
Youki KadobayashiNAIST JapanBlending Bleeds towards Malware Recognition Engineering
Mayur Kriplani Ernst & Young How Vulnerability Assessment is not the same as Total Vulnerability Management
Abbas KudratiLatrobe UniversityMidnight Blizzard aka Cozy Bear- The nation threat actor to watch out for
Kirk NichollsKorda MenthaWin Conditions: Designing and Evaluating your Security Exercise Campaign
Jonathan OliverCarbon BlackThe Impact of Masquerading Files on Reputation Systems
Sean Park Trend Micro Unveiling the Enigma: Advanced Strategies in Malware Reverse Engineering
Jarrel Rivera Bridging the Gap in Cybersecurity Education - In Theory and Practice
Katherine RobinsIBMEmerging Technologies and the impact to malware and what we need to consider as security professionals
Noushin Shabab Kaspersky TetrisPhantom: Long Running Espionage Campaign Targeting Secure USBs
Puneet TikooCiscoBeyond Essential Eight (E8) Mitigation Strategies
Abhay Vaish
Raashid Bhat
Palo Alto Networks Tofsee Trojan: An In-depth Analysis of a Sophisticated Modular Malware and its Campaigns
Harris Wassylko /
Chathura Abe
KPMGWinning Quickly with Reversing

2024 Organizing Committee

Our organizing committee is composed of security researchers and engineers from academia and industry.

  • Paul Pang, Chair - Acting Director, ICSL Federation University,
  • Paul Black - Post Doctoral Fellow - Cybersecurity, ICSL,
  • Adam Bignold, Cybersecurity Lecturer - Federation University TAFE,
  • Rekha Attanayake, Research Centre Support Officer, Research Services
  • Joarder Kamruzzaman, Co-Director - Centre of Smart Analytics,
  • Iven Mareels - Executive Dean - Institute of Innovation, Science and Sustainability,
  • Syed Islam - Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation),
  • Pooja Mishra - Masters by research - Cybersecurity - ICSL,
  • Chathura  Abeydeera - Director - Cyber Security and Incident Response, KPMG.


The ICSL gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship provided by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in making their Melbourne venue available for MRE 2024.