Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL)

Malware and Reverse Engineering Conference (MRE-2020)

Update: On hold

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Malware and Reverse Engineering Conference has been delayed until the resolution of pandemic. The organising committee will be providing periodic updates, with the possibility of a date in November if this is proves feasible.

We are pleased to announce that the Malware Reverse Engineering Conference will be held on 6 and 7 July, 2019. Following the success of the previous conferences in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 , 2020 promises to be bigger than ever.

MRE-2020 is a bridge between industry, law enforcement and academia, with a strong focus on practical results from research and development projects in malware reversing.

The conference aims to cover:

  • Reverse engineering methods, analyses and algorithms
  • Behavioural and attribution analysis of malware
  • Impacts into the financial sector and government agencies
  • Advanced monitoring schemes for Malware attacks
  • Incident response
  • Threat intelligence


Westpac Banking Corporation
Level 28, Tower Two
International Towers
200 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo, 2000
Sydney, Australia


Is now closed.

2020 program and keynote speakers

Planning has commenced for the 2020 Malware Reverse Engineering Conference. If you are interested in providing a presentation or would like information to be forwarded to you as soon as available, please advise Paul Black, Keep an eye on this page as information will be added as soon as available.

Juan Caballero - IMDEA Software Institute, Spain

Juan Caballero is Deputy Director and Associate Research Professor at the IMDEA Software Institute in Madrid, Spain. His research addresses security issues in systems, software, and networks. One of his focus is the analysis of malware and cyber-attacks. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. His research regularly appears at the top academic security venues and has won best/distinguished paper awards at the USENIX Security Symposium (twice) and IMC, as well as the DIMVA Most Influential Paper 2009-2013 award. He has been an Associate Editor for ACM TOPS and program chair/co-chair for ACSAC, DIMVA, DFRWS, and ESSOS. He has participated in the technical committees of the top venues in computer security including IEEE S&P, ACM CCS, USENIX Security, and NDSS.

Fernando Colon Osorio - WPI SSRL, USA

Fernando is Associate Research Professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and director of the Secure Systems Research Laboratory (SSRL) Fernando's research interests are Computer Architecture - the design of High-Performance general and special-purpose processors, Security and Security Architectures, Design of Intrusion Detection and Countermeasure (IDCS) systems, Intrusion Prevention & Survivable Systems, as well as the design of Intelligent worms.His research interest includes pattern classification, neural processing, machine learning and data mining for network security.


The current list of confirmed speakers for the MRE 2020 include:

Paul Black ICSL Beyond Detection and Similarity
Juan Caballero IMDEA Software Institute, Spain  
Matt Dunham FireEye Incident response and evidence gathering
Jonathan Oliver Trend-Micro  
Fernando Colon Osorio WPI SSRL  
Gareth Parker Defence Science & Technology Next Generation Technology

Organising committee

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

  • Iqbal Gondal, Chair - Director, Internet Commerce Security Laboratory, Federation University Australia
  • Lorenzo Cavallaro  - Chair in Cybersecurity, Security & Systems, King's College London
  • Paul J Watson - ACSC, Defence Department
  • Paul Black -  ICSL
  • Scott Brown - Principal Advisor, Threat Analysis and Hunting, Rio Tinto
  • Stephanie Williams - Principal Information Security Consultant, Westpac
  • Daniel Rodriguez - Federal Agent, Cybercrime Operations, AFP Australia


There are plenty of opportunities for sponsorship support and we welcome interest in sponsorship from the security industry and other partners. Please contact Professor Iqbal Gondal, Director ICSL if you are interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities.