Leading developer and major shareholder of Kaspersky Lab corporation
He served in the KGB
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Position: Leading developer and major shareholder of Kaspersky Lab corporation
Evgeny Valentinovich Kaspersky was born on 4 October 1965 in Novorossiysk. When a child he got interested in mathematics. His mother noticed that and bought him numerous books on math to develop his talent. In 1982 he finished Kolmogorov boarding school specialized in physics and mathematics. The school was patronized by Moscow State University. In 1987 he graduated from KGB Graduate School now known as the faculty of the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Informatics under the FSB Academy.
In October 1989 after his computer had been spotted with Cascade 1704 virus he got interested in computer viruses and took up a research.
In 1991 he worked for multidisciplinary research institute under the USSR Ministry of Defence.
In 1991-1997 Kaspersky worked for KAMI scientific and technical centre where he and his associates developed AVP anti-virus project now named as Kaspersky Anti-Virus.
In 1997 Evgeny Kaspersky founded Kaspersky Lab.
People's Republic of China Friendship Award (2009)
Friendship Award of Heihe River (2009)
Russian State Award in the field of science and technology (2009)
Symbol of Science medal (2007)
Kaspersky is one of the world's leading experts in virus and spyware protection. He has published many articles and reviews on computer virology and regularly speaks at security conferences and seminars in Russia and abroad.
Kaspersky is a member of Computer AntiVirus Researcher's Organization.
Kaspersky has got married for the second time. By his first wife he has two sons. One of them studies at the faculty of geography at Moscow State University, while another one is a student of MSU faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics.
His former wife Natalya Kasperskaya is a co-founder and a shareholder of Kaspersky Lab.
According to Forbes magazine, in 2011 Kaspersky's wealth was estimated at 800 million dollars. He was ranked 125th in the list of 200 Russia's richest businessmen.
Kaspersky is a senior lieutenant of the reserve. He had been a military man for quite a short time. In fact, he did not even serve in the army. Since he graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Informatics under the KGB Graduate School he joined an institution under the Ministry of Defence. He chose military service as means to become more disciplined since he suffered from the lack of self-organization at that time.
Nevertheless, at Kaspersky's office there hangs a military jacket with lieutenant epaulets as a commemoration of his service to the Motherland. He has not been a top cryptographer but has become a top programmer.
Source: Finance, 5 July 2010
In 1997 Kaspersky and five members of his team established Kaspersky Lab company. By that time they had become leaders in development of information security in Russia and joined international market. However, their U.S. partner registered AVP name as a trademark and claimed to be its owner. As a result, Kaspersky Lab lost their brand. In November 2000 Kaspersky Lab officially announced the change of the name and the logo of their products for Kaspersky Anti-Virus.
Source: Tyumen regional centre for Internet Education, 19 November 2004
In 2007 Kaspersky, who formerly was only the head of software protection research, became director-general of Kaspersky Lab, while his former wife was elected chairman of the board of directors. At that time Kaspersky owned more than 50% of the company, while Natalya Kasperskaya - 30%. Another 20% were purchased by four shareholders whose names were not disclosed.
Source: Kaspersky.ru, 8 August 2007
In March 2007 the Federal Tax Service announced a tender for anti-virus software supply. In May Sistematika company that offered software of Kaspersky Lab was announced as a winner. At that Kaspersky Lab also took part in the tender.
In the end, on 8 June 2008 LETA IT-company won the tender, although earlier the company was nearly removed from the competition when FTS announced that the product of the company did not comply with tender terms.
Kaspersky Lab and Sistematika sought to dispute the decision of the Federal Tax Service. Kaspersky Lab stated that tender procedure had been violated and filed a claim for invalidation of the decision to Moscow arbitration court, but lost the case.
Source: Vedomosti, 12 October 2007
On 19 April 2011 in the north-west of Moscow Kaspersky's son Ivan was kidnapped. At first, it was security department of Kaspersky Lab and FSB officers Kaspersky was personally acquainted with who searched the boy. However, once information on kidnapping was publicly disclosed, Natalya and Evgeny Kaspersky applied to the police.
Criminals demanded 3 million euros for Ivan Kaspersky's release. Kaspersky learned it from Ivan who was made to call and tell his parents about the terms. The call made it possible to determine the place where Ivan was kept and to arrange an operation on his release which was carried out on April 24.
The young man was guarded by one of the criminals. He was kept in a village of Sergiev-Posad district near Moscow. Soon after the detention of other kidnappers he also was released and brought to his parents.
Initially, five people were arrested on the accusation of kidnapping. Three of them were family: Nikolay Saveliev, his wife Ludmila and his son Nikolay. Two other criminals, Alexei Ustimchuk and Sergei Gromov, were friends of Savelievs. They were charged under 126 and 163 articles of the Criminal Code for kidnapping and extortion of money.
According to investigators, "version on possible involvement of Eugeny Kaspersky's competitors can be considered as inconsistent". All the detainees are officially unemployed. Two of them were formerly prosecuted. Gromov was thrice convicted for an assault, while Nikolay Saveliev was held criminally responsible for fraud in the 1970s.
Source: NEWSru, 24 May 2011
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