January 23, 2013

Eugene Kaspersky Named 2012 Influencer of the Year

Eugene Kaspersky Named 2012 Influencer of the Year

The Channelnomics Channel Influencers Awards recognize Eugene’s Leadership and Impact on the Channel  

Woburn, MA – January 23, 2013 - Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, today announced that Eugene Kaspersky was named Channelnomics 2012 Influencer of the Year. Eugene was given this honor for his visionary thinking and IT security expertise, which not only enabled his company, Kaspersky Lab, to provide additional value to its partner base, but also helped shape the technology industry and the IT channel at large.

The 2012 Channelnomics Channel Influencers Awards recognized the contributions and impact of both vendor and solution provider executives and leaders who guide channel decisions and play a role in reseller buying habits. Winners were selected from hundreds of highly detailed and passionate nominations in 12 categories submitted by Channelnomics readership beginning in November and voted on by a blue ribbon panel of objective evaluators. Channelnomics’ editorial team served as the final arbiter.

“Few in the technology industry have had the kind of year Eugene Kaspersky had in 2012 and that was reflected in the volume of thoughtful nominations and judges’ comments he attracted for this award,” said Chris Gonsalves, editor of Channelnomics who oversaw the Channel Influencers Awards program. “He’s a respected technologist, a thought leader, a firebrand, and more importantly a channel advocate who has led the charge at Kaspersky Labs to bring reseller partners to unprecedented levels of success. Our Influencer of the Year Award speaks to the impact and connection leaders like Mr. Kaspersky make with peers, partners and competitors alike.”

Eugene Kaspersky: Influencer, Visionary, Security Thought Leader
According to Channelnomics, Eugene has been a “formidable force” within the IT and channel community. Guiding and influencing Kaspersky Lab’s business strategies, he’s helped to significantly grow its partner community.   

Notable accomplishments of Eugene Kaspersky and his eponymous company cited by Channelnomics include: 

  • His renowned team of security analysts on the Global Research & Analysis Team who were at the forefront of identifying and corralling state-sponsored cyber malware such as Flame, Duqu and Stuxnet.
  • A sales organization that is 100-percent channel-driven, which boasts some of the industry’s best reseller features, including unprecedented levels of deal control and support, as well as some of the channel’s highest combined rewards and best margin protection.
  • Eugene Kaspersky’s personal commitment to keep the channel top of mind and his continual goal of better understanding partners’ challenges.
  • The company’s consistently innovative security software protecting customers.

This recognition comes on the heels of several other highly coveted IT industry recognitions. In the past three months, Eugene was awarded V3’s Technology Hero of the Year accolade for the discovery of the Flame malware, and named one of CRN’s Top 25 Innovators in their list of Top 100 Executives in the IT Channel for 2012. Eugene was also selected as one of Foreign Policy Magazine's Top Global Thinkers for 2012, an honor that celebrates the brave thinking of those at the cutting edge of the global debate over freedom of expression.

His personal achievements have also helped Kaspersky Lab earn praise from industry analysts.  Most noteworthy, in early January 2012, Kaspersky Lab was named a "Leader" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms* for the second year in a row.

*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Peter Firstbrook, John Girard, Neil MacDonald, January 2, 2013

About Channelnomics
Channelnomics, a division of The 2112 Strategy Group LLC, is devoted to advancing the analysis, debate and conversation of business models, technology practices and partner relationships in the global IT reseller channel.

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 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and Enterprises. The company 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.

*The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2010. The rating was published in the IDC report Worldwide IT Security Products 2011-2015 Forecast and 2010 Vendor Shares – December 2011. The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2010.

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