Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky
Eugene began his career in cybersecurity accidentally when his computer became infected with the Cascade virus in 1989. Eugenes specialized education in cryptography helped him analyze the encrypted virus, understand its behavior, and develop a removal tool for it. After successfully removing the virus, Eugenes 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 Labs antivirus database. Today the database is one of the most comprehensive and complete collections in cybersecurity, protecting systems from more than 100 million malicious programs.
Today Kaspersky Lab is the worlds largest privately-held vendor of endpoint protection, operating in almost 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company employs almost 3,300 professionals and IT security specialists in dedicated regional offices across 32 countries and its cybersecurity technologies protect over 400 million users worldwide.
Eugene has earned a number of international awards for his technological, scientific and entrepreneurial achievements. He was voted the Worlds Most Powerful Security Exec by SYS-CON Media in 2011, awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Plymouth University in 2012, and named one of Foreign Policy Magazines 2012 Top Global Thinkers for his contribution to IT security awareness on a global scale.