CRN’s annual Top 100 Executives list recognizes leaders from the technology industry who have played an integral role in shaping today’s IT channel, whether by driving huge cultural shifts, creating rich new opportunities, or forging innovative routes to success. In addition to this acknowledgment, Eugene has also been recognized by CRN for his innovative leadership in the past, most recently in 2017.
Eugene is a world-renowned cybersecurity expert and successful entrepreneur. He began his career in cybersecurity accidentally when his computer became infected with the ‘Cascade’ virus in 1989. Eugene analyzed the encrypted virus to understand its behavior and then developed a removal tool for it. His curiosity and passion for computer technology was the foundation for the launch of the company 21 years ago.
Today, Kaspersky Lab is one of the fastest growing privately-held IT security vendors, operating in almost 200 countries and territories and protecting over 400 million users worldwide. Kaspersky Lab’s globally renowned team of experts has investigated some of the most complex and sophisticated cyberattacks ever known, including Stuxnet, Flame, and Red October.
“Visionary and strategic leadership can make the difference between just surviving and actually excelling in this period of disruptive change for the IT channel,” said Bob Skelley, CEO, The Channel Company. “In order for technology suppliers and solution providers to thrive and stay ahead of the competition, they need leaders who are able to envision both the future of the channel and the role their organization needs to play in order to create that reality. CRN’s 2018 Top 100 Executives embody these qualities. They are change agents who deliver unwavering guidance to their companies, always asking where are we headed and not being afraid to take the necessary steps to get there.”
“Eugene is an inspiration and a true cybersecurity pioneer who continues to make his mark and revolutionize the security industry with new innovations and initiatives,” said Jason Stein, vice president of channel, Kaspersky Lab North America. “I am honored to work, and learn from, such a powerful leader that is committed to the success of his company, partners, and customers through actions like the launch of the company’s Global Transparency Initiative.”
The Top 100 Executives list is featured in the August 2018 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/top100. Eugene Kaspersky’s profile in the Top 25 Innovators of 2018 from the Top 100 Executives list can be found here.