CEO & Co-Founder, Kaspersky Lab

Eugene Kaspersky was born in 1965. In 1987 he graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science, where he studied mathematics, cryptography and computer technology, majoring in mathematical engineering.

Following graduation, Mr. Kaspersky worked at a multi-disciplinary research institute. It was there that he first began studying computer viruses after detecting the Cascade virus on his computer in October 1989. Mr. Kaspersky analyzed the virus and developed a disinfection utility for it—the first such utility he developed. He then began collecting malicious programs and disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection later formed the foundation of the famous antivirus database used in Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Today, this database includes more than 1.3 million records and is one of the most complete antivirus databases in the world.

In 1991 Mr. Kaspersky joined the KAMI Information Technologies Center, where he and a group of colleagues developed the AVP antivirus project, which became the prototype for Kaspersky Anti-Virus. International recognition for the project arrived in 1994, when the virtually unknown AVP won a contest conducted by the test lab at Hamburg University, by demonstrating a higher virus detection rate than the most popular antivirus programs of the time.

In 1997 Mr. Kaspersky and his colleagues established Kaspersky Lab. To this day he heads the company’s antivirus research. In 2007 he was named CEO of Kaspersky Lab and in June 2009, he received the Russian State Award from president Medvedev for improving state security. That same year he also received the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award.

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