Eugene Kaspersky

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Eugene Kaspersky
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BornYevgeniy Valentinovich Kasperskiy
(1965-10-04) 4 October 1965 (age 49)
Novorossiysk, USSR
OccupationCEO of Kaspersky Lab
Known forFounder of Kaspersky Lab
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Eugene Kaspersky
Eugene Kaspersky - Kaspersky Lab.jpg
BornYevgeniy Valentinovich Kasperskiy
(1965-10-04) 4 October 1965 (age 49)
Novorossiysk, USSR
OccupationCEO of Kaspersky Lab
Known forFounder of Kaspersky Lab

Eugene Kaspersky (Russian: Евгений Валентинович Касперский, Yevgeniy Valentinovich Kasperskiy; born 4 October 1965 in Novorossiysk, USSR) is a Russian specialist in the information security field. He heads the global IT security company Kaspersky Lab,[1] which was established in 1997 based upon previous work developing antivirus technologies.[2] He has written articles on computer virology and speaks regularly at security seminars and conferences. Kaspersky Lab now operates in almost 200 countries, with over 30 regional and country offices worldwide, it's the world's largest privately held vendor of software security products.


Kaspersky developed an interest in mathematics during his early teens.[3] While still at school, he attended extracurricular classes in advanced mathematics and physics on a special course organized by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.[3] Later, after winning a mathematical competition, he was selected for enrollment at a special technical school – the Kolmogorov Special Educational-Scientific Center of Moscow State University – where he furthered his studies in physics and advanced mathematics.[3]

In 1987, Kaspersky graduated from the Mathematical Faculty of the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science,[4] an institute co-sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Defence and the KGB,[5] where he studied mathematics, cryptography and computer technology, majoring in mathematical engineering.[4]


Kaspersky then worked at a multi-discipline scientific research institute.[3] It was here where he first began studying computer viruses after detecting the Cascade virus in 1989.[3] After analyzing the virus, Kaspersky developed a disinfection utility for it – the first of many to come. Cascade was the first malicious program to enter what is now the Kaspersky Lab Antivirus Database, which today contains well over 100 million samples of malware.[3]
Kaspersky joined the KAMI Information Technologies Center in 1991, where he and his associates developed the AVP anti-virus product. Eugene was responsible for AVP becoming the first antivirus software in the world to separate the software from the antivirus database – standard for the industry today. He also came up with the idea of giving AVP the world’s first antivirus graphic user interface.

In November 1992, the team released its first fully-fledged product – AVP 1.0. In 1994 the product came top in comparative testing conducted by the University of Hamburg’s test lab by demonstrating higher virus detection and neutralization rates than the most popular antivirus programs of the day.[6] This surprise win brought AVP widespread international recognition.
Around this time the team began to license its unique expert know-how out to foreign IT firms – a practice that continues today (more than 80 companies license technologies from Kaspersky Lab).[7]

In 1997, Eugene and his colleagues decided to register an independent company and became the founders of Kaspersky Lab. Initially Eugene didn’t want to use his name in the title, but he was eventually persuaded to do so by then-wife Natalya Kaspersky– also a co-founder.[8] In November 2000, AVP was renamed 'Kaspersky Anti-Virus' after a dispute with a US partner.
From the establishment of the company until 2007, Eugene Kaspersky was head of the company’s antivirus research. In 2007, Eugene was named the CEO of Kaspersky Lab.[9]

Kaspersky concentrates on the strategic management of Kaspersky Lab, and therefore travels widely around the world. As the CEO of the world’s largest privately held Internet security firm, with strong technical background and experience, Kaspersky also became a highly sought-after speaker.[10]

Kaspersky is a co-author of several patents, including one for a constraint-and-attribute-based security system for controlling software component interaction.[11] This patent covers the technology that sits at the heart of Kaspersky Lab’s secure operating system, which is currently in development. Reflecting this, his office is also located next to the company’s expert "Global Research and Analysis Team" team (GReAT), the business' Virus Lab, and on the same floor as the company’s senior developers and analysts.

Personal life[edit]

Eugene lives with his third wife, and has four children.

On 21 April 2011, Russian media reported that his 20 year old son, Ivan, had been kidnapped and subsequently freed three days later.[12]

Kaspersky’s personal fortune was estimated at $800m in 2011.[13]

Eugene Kaspersky has been described as a flamboyant, jolly character[14] with a charismatic stage presence.[15]

"I consider myself one of the happiest people around, since what I do I once did as a hobby, and that’s long since become my job." Eugene Kaspersky [16]

Due to the nature of his job Kaspersky is a frequent business traveler, regularly blogging about the places he visits.[17] He also regularly visits exotic locations, a particular favorite being the volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula in far-eastern Russia, to which he has returned several times.

While eschewing ostentation:

"I own a company, a flat in Moscow and BMW. I don't need more." Eugene Kaspersky [18]

He does have a fondness for Formula-1 races, which he attends regularly, and Ferraris.[19]

This penchant for speed saw Kaspersky Lab become a sponsor of Italy’s AF Corse Ferrari racing team in 2010; the following year it started sponsoring the Scuderia Ferrari Formula-1 racing team, which it continues to sponsor today. In April 2013, Kaspersky Lab signed a five-year agreement with Ferrari to provide the Italian automotive company with complete endpoint IT security.[20]

Awards and recognition[edit]

On 12 June 2009, he received the Russian Federation National Award in Science and Technology from former President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev for major advances in modern information security systems.[21][22] In the same year, he received the People's Republic of China Friendship Award.[23]

Other notable awards include:

In 2012, Kaspersky was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology degree from Plymouth University.[34] In the same year, Kaspersky was named one of CRN’s Top 25 Innovators of the Year.[35]


Eugene Kaspersky has for several years publicly voiced concerns over a possible 'catastrophic' cyber-attack on critical infrastructure.[36][37][38][39] He supports the idea of a non-proliferation treaty to cover cyberweapons,[40] citing the escalation of cyberwarfare as a 'call to action' for the international community.[41]

Kaspersky travels the world regularly giving speeches on the dangers of cyberwar and the need for worldwide action in fighting growing security threats.[42][43] He also regards education in cybersecurity matters as key in meeting cyber-challenges – education both of average computer users in general, and of IT security personnel in particular, who are often underskilled. Besides, he promotes the incorporation of universal cybersecurity standardization and policies, and cooperation between governments and industry:

“The private sector – particularly IT and security related industries, and also certain key critical industries for which IT security has long been at the top of the agenda – has a wealth of front line cyber-battle experience, which state bodies will greatly benefit from by having access to.”[36]

Kaspersky supports the idea of Internet IDs for critical transactions: voting in elections, online banking, interaction with official bodies, etc. Kaspersky was quoted as saying:

"“I believe the World Wide Web should be divided into three zones. A red zone for critical processes; for operations in this zone an Internet ID should be mandatory. Then comes the yellow zone, where minimal authorization is needed; for example, age verification for online shops selling alcohol, or adult stores. And finally there’s the green zone: blogs, social networks, news sites, chats… - everything that’s about your freedom of speech. No authorization required.”".

— Kaspersky[44]

In 2012 Kaspersky commented that Apple is at the point where Microsoft was 10–12 years previously, in terms of security.[45]

In July 2012, Wired published a controversial piece about Kaspersky Lab and Eugene Kaspersky’s alleged involvement in politics and very close ties with Russian law enforcement agencies.[46] Eugene published a prompt response pointing out the article's factual errors and omissions.[47]

Eugene Kaspersky is also a member of several Advisory Boards, including that of the Council on CyberSecurity[48] and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT).[49]

Kaspersky sits on the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) International Advisory Board.[footnote] In March 2013, following a meeting between Eugene Kaspersky, Ronald Noble (INTERPOL Secretary General), and Noboru Nakatani (INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI)[50] Executive Director), Kaspersky Lab formally agreed to work closely with the IGCI in a collaborative effort to better secure the safety of the Internet.[51]


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  1. ^ Kramer, Andrew E.; Perlroth, Nicole (3 June 2012). "Expert Issues a Cyberwar Warning". The New York Times. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Interview: Eugene Kaspersky". United Kingdom: Infosecurity Magazine. 2010-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b "A Declaration of Cyber-War". Vanity Fair. 2001-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Corrections and clarifications Kaspersky interview". London: The Guardian. 2008-02-13. 
  6. ^ Eugene's about
  7. ^ about Kaspersky Lab
  8. ^ Schofield, Jack (2008-01-31). "Technology interviews". London: The Guardian. 
  9. ^ "Management Team". Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Eugene's patents
  12. ^ "Russian software tycoon Kaspersky's son 'missing'". BBC News (Interfax). 21 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "A tech tycoon who values privacy". Financial times (Interfax). 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Future cyber attacks could prove catastrophic, say online security experts". theguardian (Interfax). 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Rapoza, Kenneth (1 January 2013). "Russia's Kaspersky Lab Guns For Japan's Trend Micro". Forbes (Interfax). Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Brand-man, interview with Eugene Kaspersky.". Offline article, magazine "CIO: Chief Information Officer". 2013-05-08. 
  17. ^ "Eugene's Kaspersky blog: Travel notes". 
  18. ^ ""Если будут "валить" регион, город или страну целиком — до свиданья"". Register article. 2013-03-28. 
  19. ^ Bradley, Tony (23 September 2013). "In Their Own Words: Kaspersky Lab Cofounder And CEO Eugene Kaspersky". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  20. ^ "Kaspersky Lab: Ferrari’s Choice for IT Security". Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  21. ^ "Russian National Awards 2008". Official site of the President of Russia. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ Eugene Kaspersky receives National Friendship Award of China, 30 September 2009
  24. ^ Top-100 Global Thinker, Foreign Policy Magazine - 2012
  25. ^ Technology Hero of the Year, V3 – 2012
  26. ^ Top-100 Executive in the IT Channel, CRN –
  27. ^ World’s Most Powerful Security Exec, SYS-CON Media – 2011
  28. ^ Business Person of the Year, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia - 2011 [1]
  29. ^ Outstanding Contribution to Business Award, CEO Middle East - 2011
  30. ^ CEO of the Year, SC Magazine Europe - 2010
  31. ^ Lifetime Achievement Award, Virus Bulletin – 2010
  32. ^ Strategic Brand Leadership Award, World Brand Congress – 2010
  33. ^ Runet Prize
  34. ^ "Honorary degrees 2012". Plymouth University. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  35. ^ McCarthy, Jack (16 November 2012). "The Top 25 Innovators Of 2012". CRN. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  36. ^ a b Kaspersky Warns UK Government Of ‘Catastrophic’ Cyber Attack
  37. ^ Future cyber attacks could prove catastrophic, say online security experts [2]
  38. ^ The world's five biggest cyber threats
  39. ^ A tech tycoon who values privacy
  40. ^ InfoSec 2013: Security Big Guns Back Cyber Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty [3]
  41. ^ Eugene Kaspersky: "Escalation of Cyber-Warfare is a Call for Action"
  42. ^ Expert Issues a Cyberwar Warning
  43. ^ Expert Issues a Cyberwar Warning
  44. ^ "Interviews: Eugene Kaspersky Answers Your Questions". Register article. 2012-12-13. 
  45. ^
  46. ^ Shachtman, Noah (23 July 2012). "Russia’s Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals". Wired. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  47. ^ Kaspersky, Eugene (25 July 2012). "What Wired Is Not Telling You – a Response to Noah Shachtman’s Article in Wired Magazine". Eugene Kaspersky’s Blog. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  48. ^
  49. ^ "International Advisory Board". IMPACT. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  50. ^ The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation
  51. ^ [4]
  52. ^ Travel Notes 2006
  53. ^ New Year at the South Pole (2010)
  54. ^ Muchas Pictures (2011)
  55. ^ The Top-100 Places on Earth (2012)

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