17th July, 2012
On 26 June, 1997, Kaspersky Lab was established under the leadership of Eugene Kaspersky and his co-founders. This month marks the 15th year of Kaspersky Lab, and the company’s growth continues to serve as a model of success for technology start-ups around the world.
With a staff of only 20 employees in 1997, Kaspersky Lab has grown to become the largest privately-held security company in the world, with more than 2,400 employees operating in nearly 200 countries around the world.
Kaspersky Lab provides IT security for over 300 million users across the globe, including more than 200,000 businesses.
Kaspersky Lab has earned its reputation for easily-managed and highly-effective protection by following a different growth strategy than its competitors and the company continues to develop its security solutions in-house and not through mergers and acquisitions. With technologies designed by the company’s own experts, Kaspersky Lab’s products are built from the ground-up to work together seamlessly and efficiently.
Moreover, Kaspersky Lab’s team of experts has produced some of the most ground-breaking detection and analysis of advanced cyberthreats. This wealth of expertise has recently uncovered some of the most complex malware the world has ever seen, including Cabir, Duqu, and the infamous Flame malware. By uncovering these attacks, and taking a leading-role in the analysis of similar threats such as Stuxnet, Kaspersky Lab has become the world’s leading authority on a new generation of online organised crime and cyberweapons.
“Fifteen years in the same business is a long time. But believe it or not, I still love it. I love our team, and the work we do. For the last 15 years we have been working round the clock every day analysing and combating all kinds of IT threats that have evolved in that time from cyber hooliganism, via cybercrime to cyber warfare. Today, it’s more important than ever to cooperate against digital threats. Recent attacks such as Stuxnet, Duqu and Flame have shown just how vulnerable IT infrastructures are to military and terrorist threats. But we are doing all we can to prevent the potential disasters that could result from these kinds of attacks,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Kaspersky Lab has prepared a selection of the 15 most influential malicious programmes in history
By Henry Ojelu