First major announcement from the Skoltech Board of Trustees meeting in Boston, USA (not far from where MIT, the institute’s partner university, is located): Natalya Kasperskaya , the CEO of InfoWatch Group and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, the Russian based security software giant, joins Skoltech’s BoT. Here is a quick biographical summary and career milestones reached by one of Russia’s leading innovators.
In 1997, Natalya Kasperskaya founded Kaspersky Lab together with Eugene Kaspersky, becoming its CEO. Throughout the 10 years of Natalya Kasperskaya’s leadership at Kaspersky Lab, the company had gone from being an unknown startup to a global IT industry leader, with half-a-billion-dollar revenue. In 2003, Kaspersky Lab founded a subsidiary company — InfoWatch, which focused on developing solutions to protect corporate confidential data from leakage. In 2007, Natalya Kasperskaya became its CEO.
In 2009-2011, she headed an IT work group under the Federal Special Purpose Program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, R&D in Priority Areas of Russia’s Science and Technology Complex for 2014-2020. In 2010, Kasperskaya spearheaded the establishment of a subsidiary — Kribrum to develop a service for monitoring and analyzing the reputations of companies, brands, and people in the World Wide Web. The company was founded by InfoWatch, in collaboration with Ashmanov & Partners, The same year InfoWatch adopted Cezurity – a developer of targeted attack prevention solutions. In 2011, upon acquiring Cynapspro GmbH, – a German company, which develops endpoint data protection solutions for corporate networks, – Natalya Kasperskaya transformed InfoWatch into a holding under the same name.
In early 2012, Natalya Kasperskaya became a shareholder of Appercut (Canada), which joined the InfoWatch Group. Appercut develops software for automatic source code audit for vulnerabilities and backdoors in custom business applications. In October 2012, Natalya Kasperskaya became a stockholder and a Board member of the German G Data Software AG, a company that provides anti-malware solutions. In 2013, Natalya Kasperskaya invested in Taiga, a Russian startup developing an innovative mobile device protection system against tracking and information theft. In November 2013, Natalya Kasperskaya joined the Skolkovo Foundation Grant Committee.
Natalya Kasperskaya lectures at several universities in Moscow. She is a winner of many prestigious international IT awards, including:
Bronze medal of the Top-100 Most Influential Russian Women rating, Business category.
The prestigious international award Russian Business Leader of the Year 2012 for her remarkable contribution to the progress of the Russian IT industry, according to Horasis: the Global Visions Community.
Leader of the Top-1000 Senior Russian Managers of 2013, IT category, according to Kommersant Publishing House and the Russian Managers Association.
* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.