Press Release

Eugene Kaspersky Receives Honorary Doctorate and Discusses Viruses and Cyber Threats in Armenia

Woburn, MA – October 13, 2013 - Kaspersky Lab today announced that Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, received an honorary doctorate from the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), the country’s leading technical university. He was presented with the doctorate for his outstanding services to science.

During Eugene’s visit to Armenia, he and the company’s top IT security experts met with representatives of the education and business community, as well as students from local technical universities. During the meetings they discussed current cyber threats in Armenia and the wider world, and ways to combat these serious threats.

The Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab also took part in the official opening of the Kaspersky Lab Training and Certification Center within the State Engineering University of Armenia. The Center will help bridge the gap between theoretical and practical education, while allowing students to earn certifications from Kaspersky Lab. It will also provide future IT security professionals with the tools to gain essential knowledge about contemporary technologies.

Kaspersky Lab’s successful association with Armenia began four years ago following the signing of a memorandum of understanding, entitled ‘Safe Armenia,’ with the Ministry of the Economy. This information security project led to the implementation of a number of educational programs in Armenian schools, specialist trainings for IT administrators in state and commercial organizations, and discounted licenses for some Kaspersky Lab products used within government structures.

The relationship between Kaspersky Lab and the State Engineering University of Armenia began in 2009 when a student of the university won first prize in that year’s edition of the international conference CyberSecurity for the Next Generation. After that, the university registered as a member of Kaspersky Lab’s educational program and signed an agreement on cooperation within the Kaspersky Academy program which still remains in effect. In February 2013, SEUA hosted the latest regional round of CyberSecurity for the Next Generation for Russia and other CIS countries.

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Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO
Kaspersky Lab
"The number of cyber threats is constantly growing, so it is especially important to train more experts who can combat them. The world’s next generation of specialists needs more than just good knowledge of the IT security field and strong practical skills – they also need to be able to think one step ahead and come up with something really new. I am glad to see that today's students in Armenia are interested in cyber security and are willing to improve and develop in this area. And I'll be doubly happy if Kaspersky Lab can help them do that."

Ara Avetisyan, Rector
State Engineering University of Armenia

“We are deeply appreciative of the role that Kaspersky Lab is playing in the development of information security and the personal contributions Eugene Kaspersky has made as one of the leading experts in information protection. We are sure that Kaspersky Lab’s expertise will help our students become excellent IT professionals.”

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

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* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.