Yevgeny Kaspersky

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Eugene Kaspersky
Born Yevgeniy Valentinovich Kasperskiy
October 4, 1965 (1965-10-04) (age 49)
Novorossiysk, USSR
Nationality Russian
Occupation Computer programmer
Known for Founder of Kaspersky Lab
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Eugene Kaspersky (Russian: Евгений Валентинович Касперский, Yevgeniy Valentinovich Kasperskiy; born October 4, 1965 in Novorossiysk, USSR) is a specialist in the information security field. He has written articles on computer virology and speaks regularly at security seminars and conferences. Kaspersky co-founded the Kaspersky Lab, a privately held international company that produces antivirus and other computer security products, since 1997.



Kaspersky graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science, an institute co-sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Defence and the KGB[1] in 1987. Kaspersky then worked at a multi-discipline scientific research institute until 1991. While there, the Cascade virus was detected on his computer, which increased Kaspersky's interest in information security and led to his studying the field of computer virology from 1989. Kaspersky joined the KAMI Information Technologies Center in 1991, where he and his associates developed the AVP anti-virus product. In 1997, he co-founded Kaspersky Lab, which was later run for a decade by his ex-wife Natalya Kaspersky.[2] In November 2000, AVP was renamed 'Kaspersky Anti-Virus' after a dispute with a US partner. In 2007, Eugene was named the CEO of Kaspersky Labs.[3] On June 12, 2009 he received the Russian State Award from president Medvedev for improving state security.[4] In the same year, he received the People's Republic of China Friendship Award.[5] Kaspersky was recently quoted as saying: "Everyone should and must have an identification, or internet passport,... The internet was designed not for public use, but for American scientists and the US military. Then it was introduced to the public and it was introduce it in the same way."[6]

Personal life

On April 21, 2011 Russian media reported that his 20 year old son, Ivan, had been kidnapped.[7] Days later, Ivan was rescued by Russian police.[8]

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