Eugene Kaspersky is the poster child of cyber security.
Let’s face it, the man is huge. In Russia, he has a fan club while some of his
peers (like John McAfee) have entanglements with foreign governments. I have a
T-shirt his groupies made for him and his company, Kaspersky Lab. On it, his
headshot is pixilated by the words Anti-Virus in green lettering. Groupies,
here, is no understatement. The same adoration for “Kasper” follows into his
offices in Moscow. His staff, most in their early thirties and twenties, is
amazed by him.
he comes home to the Moscow office, it’s like daddy’s home,” says Anton
Shingarev, 27, Kaspersky’s chief of staff. He was wrapping up an event in Rome
on Dec. 13 with internet security types of the same age. Kaspersky was outside
smoking on a veranda, circumvented by men chatting in Russian. “Everybody wants
his time. Everyone wants to be with him.” Shingarev shakes his head. It’s a
gesture that says, “unbelievable.” Read more.