Mr. Eugene Kaspersky

CEO | Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky is a world-renowned cybersecurity expert and successful entrepreneur. He is a co-‎founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Kaspersky, the world’s largest privately-held vendor of endpoint ‎protection and cybersecurity solutions.‎

Eugene began his career in cybersecurity accidentally when his computer became infected with the ‎‎‘Cascade’ virus in 1989. Eugene’s specialized education in cryptography helped him analyze the encrypted ‎virus, understand its behavior, and then develop a removal tool for it. After successfully removing the virus, ‎Eugene’s curiosity and passion for computer technology drove him to start analyzing more malicious ‎programs and developing disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection of antivirus modules would ‎eventually become the foundation for Kaspersky’s antivirus database. Today the database is one of the ‎most comprehensive and complete collections in cybersecurity, used in detecting and preventing systems ‎from being infected by more than 500 million malicious programs.‎

Further pursuing his passion for defensive technologies, in 1990 Eugene started gathering a team of like-‎minded enthusiast researchers to create the AVP Toolkit Pro antivirus program, which four years later was ‎recognized by the University of Hamburg as the most effective antivirus software in the world. ‎

Wishing to combine their successful track record of antivirus programming with their entrepreneurial vision, ‎Eugene and his colleagues decided to establish their own independent company. In 1997 Kaspersky was ‎founded, with Eugene heading the company’s antivirus research. In 2007 he was named Kaspersky’s CEO. ‎

Today Kaspersky is one of the fastest growing IT security vendors worldwide, operating in almost 200 ‎countries and territories worldwide. The company employs more than 4,000 professionals and IT security ‎specialists in 34 dedicated regional offices across 30 countries, and its cybersecurity technologies protect ‎over 400 million users worldwide. ‎

Kaspersky’s globally renowned team of experts has investigated some of the most complex and ‎sophisticated cyberattacks ever known, including Stuxnet, Flame, and Red October. The company also ‎cooperates extensively with INTERPOL, Europol, and national police bodies to actively assist them in their ‎fight against cybercrime.‎

Eugene has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the UK’s Plymouth University. He regularly gives both ‎lectures on cybersecurity at universities around the globe, and keynotes at leading conferences and ‎industry events.‎

Eugene is both a passionate traveler and dedicated devotee of wild nature and adventure-tourism. He is ‎also a talented photographer, which assists in his prolific chronicling of his exploits in his blog – from polar ‎expeditions and glacier crossings to volcano scaling and jungle trekking.‎