“We believe that everyone – from home computer users and small companies to large corporations and governments – has the right to be free from cyber-security fears. We have therefore made it our mission to provide the world’s most effective, responsive and efficient protection against cyber-threats: those from malware, spam, hackers, DDoS attacks, sophisticated cyber-espionage tools, and cyber-weapons that target countries’ critical infrastructure with potentially catastrophic consequences. We’re here to protect our users from them all.”
Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab
Cyberthreats have become a global problem which spreads far beyond any geographical borders. The rise of advanced persistent threats (APTs) has transformed the state of the global cyberthreat landscape, putting critical industrial infrastructure, finance, telecommunications, transportation, research institutes, military contractors and governmental networks worldwide at great risk. To fulfill its mission, Kaspersky Lab is determined to detect and neutralize all forms of malicious programs, regardless of their origin or purpose. There is no such thing as "right" or "wrong" malware for us. The company is committed to protecting all computer users around the globe. This protection is available to individuals and organizations, from governments and large enterprises to home users.
Kaspersky Lab global scale
Today Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions with a holding registered in the United Kingdom. Since its inception, Kaspersky Lab has followed a global vision and focused on international markets. This strategy helped company’s business to grow into a global corporation.
Kaspersky Lab, Inc. is a Massachusetts corporation that was founded in 2004 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of its holding company, Kaspersky Labs Limited, based in the United Kingdom.
Kaspersky Lab is one of the fastest growing IT security vendors in the world[i]. The company was founded in 1997 and today it is an international group operating in almost 200 countries and territories worldwide. It has 33 representative territory offices in 30 countries across 5 continents. Kaspersky Lab has a corporate client base of more than 270,000 companies located around the globe, ranging from small and medium-sized businesses all the way up to large governmental and commercial organizations. Over 300 million people worldwide are protected by Kaspersky Lab products and technologies.
Kaspersky Lab currently employs almost 3,000 highly qualified specialists and this number is growing by about 6% each year.
Kaspersky Lab is named a ‘Leader’ in endpoint protection by the Big Three analytic agencies (Gartner[ii], IDC[iii] and Forrester[iv]). Firmly positioned as one of the top four leading vendors of security solutions for endpoint users[v], Kaspersky Lab continues to improve its market position.
According to the company’s 2013 unaudited financial results, Kaspersky Lab’s global revenue grew by 6% compared to the previous year and reached $667 million. Kaspersky Lab also continued to deliver strong growth in the corporate IT security segment: 9% growth in the corporate segment overall and 18% in the enterprise segment[vi].
Kaspersky Lab has about 120 global technology OEM agreements with companies including Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Alcatel Lucent, Blue Coat, Check Point, D-Link, Clearswift, Netgear, ZyXel, Alt-N, Parallels, Lenovo, Facebook, Qualcomm, SafeNet, BAE Systems, H3C, Trustwave, Vertu, Cassidian CyberSecurity, Openwave Messaging and General Dynamics. The company’s client list includes big names such as Ferrari, Strabag, Telefonica, etc.
In February 2014 Kaspersky Lab announced the establishment of its International Advisory Board, gathering world-known cybersecurity experts to provide the company with strategic advice on the IT security market. The Advisory Board brings together seven internationally recognized experts in IT security from the industry, public sector and academia. They will provide practical guidance, insights and validation of the strategic plans and priority business development areas of the company.
Howard A. Schmidt, former Cyber Advisor to both President Bush and President Obama, serves as the chairman of the International Advisory Board and is joined by Bruce Schneier, Jae-Woo Lee, Latha Reddy, Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Norbert Pohlmann and Whitfield Diffie. The Board members have years of experience in situations where the IT security industry connects with government, international and national cyber strategy policy makers, and academia. They bring unparalleled expertise and guidance to Kaspersky Lab.
Unique experience and knowledge
The company’s most valuable asset is the wealth of expertise it has gained in its years of combating major IT threats. This helps the company to remain one step ahead of the competition and provide its users with the most reliable protection against new types of cyber-attacks.
Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team
Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) was established in 2008 and provides leading anti-threat intelligence, research and innovation, internally and externally. Nowadays this elite group of world-leading security experts is active all over the world. The GReAT team actively participates in joint investigations of cyberwarfare operations involving cyber-espionage and cybersabotage malware. Kaspersky Lab research team discovered and dissected the most sophisticated threats like Flame, Gauss, miniFlame, RedOctober, NetTraveler, Icefog, Careto/The Mask, etc.
Cooperation with law enforcement agencies and international organizations
It works together with the global IT security community, international organizations, national and regional law enforcement agencies (e.g. INTERPOL, Europol, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, The National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Netherlands’ Police Agency and The City of London Police), as well as Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) worldwide. During investigations, Kaspersky Lab’s security experts provide technical expertise and focus their research on analyzing malware.
Kaspersky Lab is actively supporting INTERPOL’s launch of a new Digital Forensics Laboratory as part of the Digital Crime Center at the Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore. The Digital Forensics Laboratory will be responsible for carrying out the technical part of INTERPOL’s investigations into cyber-incidents. It will use cutting-edge techniques and software to analyze malware, identifying and presenting evidence of illegal actions to help prosecute criminals.
Kaspersky Lab also takes part in joint cyberthreat investigations with companies and organizations including Adobe, AlienVault Labs, Dell Secureworks, Crowdstrike, OpenDNS Security Research Team, GoDaddy Network Abuse Department, Seculert, SurfNET, Kyrus Tech Inc. and Honeynet Project.
Moreover, Kaspersky Lab has successfully trained Europol and City of London Police employees and is very excited about extending its partnerships against cybercrime.
In addition, Eugene Kaspersky participates in The Advisory Group on Internet Security of the Program Board of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), providing his expertise and guidance on cybersecurity. He has also been invited to speak at different events, e.g. the World Economic Forum, INTERPOL assemblies, Samsung conference.
Kaspersky Lab believes that joint efforts are the most effective way of fighting cybercriminals. It openly shares its knowledge and technical findings with the world’s security community and publishes its research to a wider audience to encourage collaborative security practices and increased international cooperation.
[v]The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2013. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2014–2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares” (August 2014, IDC #250210). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2013.