Chief Executive Officer
Eugene Kaspersky’s love for mathematics determined his “technical” future. One of his hobbies during high school was to solve problems published in mathematical journals. During his last years in high school, he attended extracurricular classes in physics and mathematics at a dedicated program organized by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Eugene spent his last two years of high school taking physics and mathematics courses in a specialized program for gifted stunts organized by and affiliated with Moscow State University.
In 1987, Eugene graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science, where he studied mathematics, cryptography and computer technology, majoring in mathematical engineering.
After graduating, Eugene worked at a multi-disciplinary research institute. It was there that Eugene first began studying computer viruses after detecting the Cascade virus on his computer in October 1989. Eugene analyzed the virus and developed a disinfection utility for it – the first such utility he developed. He started collecting malicious programs and disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection later formed the foundation of the famous antivirus database in Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Today, this database includes more than 4 million records and is one of the most complete antivirus databases in the world.
In 1991, Eugene 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 of the project ocurred in 1994, when the virtually unknown AVP won a contest conducted by Hamburg University’s test lab by 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.
In 2007, Eugene was named CEO of Kaspersky Lab.
Eugene is a laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, and a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. In 2010 Eugene received the CEO of the Year award from SC Magazine Europe.