Recognized as one of the leading and highly respected antivirus and security detection labs in the world, Kaspersky Lab today announced its formal launch into the U.S. market. Kaspersky Lab, Inc. will be led by security veteran Steve Orenberg, who successfully spearheaded Dr. Solomon's Software's entry into the U.S. market, and subsequently ran North American operations for Sophos. Kaspersky Lab, Inc. will initially focus on delivering a complete suite of security solutions, including antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, and firewalls for the small and medium business (SMB) and the department-level enterprise markets.
As an independent U.S.-based entity, Kaspersky Lab, Inc. will leverage the 15+ years of antivirus and spyware research and development that is maintained in the Kaspersky Lab research center in Moscow, Russia. Heralded for the accuracy and frequency of its updates, including hourly updates for continual protection when necessary, the Moscow lab outpaces any of the leading virus detection centers.
“Establishing an independent organization with a strong management team made strategic sense for our plans to effectively service and aggressively penetrate the growing Internet security market,” said Natalya Kaspersky, Chief Executive Officer, Kaspersky Lab Moscow. “Today's announcement will not only allow us to better service our existing partners in the States, but for the first time offer our award-winning security products directly to U.S. businesses.”
With the advent of more sophisticated viruses, dynamic worms, rampant spyware and sophisticated new cyber threats affecting IT systems daily, Kaspersky Lab is well positioned to capture and service part of the growing anti-virus and security market in the United States. Research analyst firm IDC forecasts the antivirus software market alone will reach U.S.$4.4 billion by 2007, with significant market share from corporate customers in North America, providing Kaspersky Lab a tremendous opportunity to successfully expand.
"Security researchers hold Kaspersky Lab in high esteem," according to Brian Burke, IDC Research Manager. "Although the antivirus market is competitive, Kaspersky Lab's solid solution and rapid threat response will drive growth as it expands in the U.S. market."
“With the increase in the frequency and intensity of Internet-borne attacks, companies are looking for solutions that can respond before the damage is done. The key to protection is rapid response,” said Robert Breza, Director of security and infrastructure software research, RBC Capital Markets. “Companies like Kaspersky Lab understand this critical need, and are moving quickly to minimize their customers' window of vulnerability.”
The antivirus engine behind Kaspersky Lab's solutions has won numerous awards and is widely acknowledged as a premier detection and delivery mechanism throughout the world. This technology will now be widely available for the first time in the U.S. market, and will be of special interest to SMB and department-level users that are woefully underserved regarding the speed of response to virus outbreaks currently provided by the other established vendors.
“Quick and comprehensive security is vital to virtually every organization, but especially so for SMB and department level-enterprise users. A virus outbreak that may severely damage a large organization could bankrupt an SMB,” said Steve Orenberg, Kaspersky Lab, Inc. President. “The market leaders have neglected to provide updates with the frequency and completeness that insure appropriate protection for these users, and no strong, credible challenging solutions have emerged until now. Kaspersky, with years of leading antivirus experience and R&D behind it, will help change that equation for the SMB market.”