Eugene Kaspersky Honorary DoctorateSeptember 19, 2012
Euegene Kaspersky, Founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab was awarded an honorary doctorate in September 2012 in recognition of his significant contribution to the world of IT security, Kaspersky Lab's founder and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, accepted an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Plymouth University. The doctorate acknowledges Eugene's early pioneering work in antivirus software and his dedication to ensuring the protection of hundreds of millions of Internet users.
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Eugene Kaspersky is a mathematical engineer who has developed some of the most advanced anti-virus software in the world. He 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.
Eugene joined the KAMI Information Technologies Centre in 1991, where he and a group of colleagues developed the AVP antivirus project, which became the prototype for Kaspersky Anti-Virus. International recognition of the project arrived in 1994, when the virtually unknown AVP won a contest conducted by Hamburg University's test lab, demonstrating a higher virus detection rate than the most popular antivirus programs at the time. 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 is an international group that registered its holding in Great Britain and employs over 2,400 highly-qualified specialists. The company currently operates in more than 200 countries and territories across the globe and has its own regional offices in 30 countries, covering the territories of five global regions: Western Europe; Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa; North and South America; the Asia-Pacific region; and Japan. Eugene holds a large number of national and international awards for his long track record of technological, scientific, and business achievements. He was voted the World's Most Powerful Security Exec by SYS-CON Media in 2011