Chief Executive Officer, Kaspersky Lab
Eugene Kaspersky graduated from Moscow’s Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science in 1987 to start work at a multi-disciplinary research institute. It was there that Eugene first began to study computer viruses.
In 1989 Eugene detected and analysed the ‘Cascade’ virus on his computer, and developed a disinfection utility for it. He started collecting malicious programs and disinfection modules for them, and this exotic collection would go on to become the foundation of the Kaspersky Anti-Virus database, which today includes more than eight million records and 94 million samples of malware, and is one of the most complete antivirus databases in the world.
In 1997, Eugene and his colleagues decided to establish an independent company, becoming the founders of Kaspersky Lab. From that moment, he has headed the company's antivirus research and was named CEO of Kaspersky Lab in 2007.
Kaspersky Lab’s headquarters are located in Moscow, Russia, where the company was founded, from which it oversees global operations and business development, while the Kaspersky Lab holding is registered in the UK. The company currently operates in more than 200 countries and territories across the globe, has its own regional offices in 30 countries and employs over 2,500 highly-qualified specialists.
Eugene holds a large number of national and international awards for his long track record of technological, scientific, and business achievements. He voted the World’s Most Powerful Security Exec by SYS-CON Media in 2011 and was included in the Foreign Policy’s list of Top Global Thinkers of 2012 for his contribution to IT security awareness on a global scale.