Moscow, Russia –April 29, 2009 – Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of Internet threat management solutions that protect against all forms of malicious software, announces that the company’s CEO and co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky, has won the Russian Federation for Science and Technology State Prize. The award will be presented in the Kremlin on June 12, 2009 by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The Science and Technology State Prize is annually bestowed to Russian citizens for outstanding work, discoveries and achievements that enrich both Russian and world science and that make significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology by the President of the Russian Federation.
The Russian Federation State Prize is the highest Russian award bestowed upon individuals for their service to society and the state. Laureates receive prize money, a diploma and a medal with an accompanying certificate.
Eugene Kaspersky graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science. He began studying computer viruses in 1989 after the Cascade virus was detected on his computer. From 1991 to 1997 Eugene worked at the KAMI Information Technologies Center where he developed the AVP antivirus project with a group of associates (AVP was renamed Kaspersky Anti-Virus in November 2000). In 1997 Eugene co-founded Kaspersky Lab, and in 2007 Eugene was named CEO of the Company. Eugene is one of the world's leading antivirus experts, with 20 years of experience in the field of information security. He regularly speaks at seminars and conferences all over the world, and is the author of a number of articles and reviews covering topics related to computer virology.
Today, Kaspersky Lab is among the top five vendors of information security solutions in the world. The Company’s products and technologies are used by over 250 million people worldwide. The Kaspersky Lab group of companies is headquartered in Moscow, has five regional divisions and numerous local offices throughout the world.
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to President Dmitry Medvedev for the great honor he has bestowed upon me, and to the team that has supported me over the 20 years I have devoted to IT security research. I am convinced that Russian science has enormous potential and is capable of making a huge impact on the world’s hi-tech markets. I hope that the example set by our company will encourage the many talented researchers capable of contributing to Russia’s scientific renown and help cultivate a thriving hi-tech industry in the country.”
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