Kaspersky Lab joins IMPACT, an anti-cyber-terrorism coalition

23 May 2006
Business News

Kaspersky Lab joins the first international organization to counter cyber-terrorism

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, has joined IMPACT, an international organization against cyber-terrorism. The establishment of IMPACT was announced on May 5, 2006 as the world’s first international partnership dedicated to combating terrorist activities in the area of information and communication technologies. The IMPACT initiative was formally announced by the Honourable Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi at the closing ceremony of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2006) in Austin, Texas, USA (May 3 -5).

IMPACT, or the ‘International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism’, is an international, multilateral, public-private sector collaborative partnership dedicated to searching for and implementing the most effective methods for combating cyber-terrorism. Kaspersky Lab has become one of the key partners of IMPACT in this formative stage of the institution.

Eugene Kaspersky, co-owner of Kaspersky Lab and Head of Research and Development, has accepted the invitation to be a member of the inaugural International Advisory Board of IMPACT - which reflects an appreciation of the company’s expertise in the area of combating terrorist activities in the IT industry.

IMPACT will focus on three main areas of activity - that is training, security certification, and research and development. IMPACT will also provide a global emergency response center to help governments which face an imminent cyber threat or those already in an emergency situation.

Kaspersky Lab will forge a stronger corporate relationship with GITN Sdn. Berhad., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia, to implement these activities for the Government of Malaysia in Malaysia’s thriving private sectors.

“Malaysia’s unique initiative is aimed primarily at consolidating the efforts of the world’s governments and the IT community in combating the emerging threat of cyber-terrorism. Like all forms of terrorism, cyber-terrorism does not recognize borders or laws, whereas the global economy’s dependence on electronic communication means that the threat of cyber-terrorism is real. With 17 years’ experience in combating malicious programs and activities, and being a recognized technological leader in the antivirus industry, Kaspersky Lab is prepared to take an active part in the work of IMPACT in order to make a meaningful contribution to protecting the world community against this new global threat,” said Eugene Kaspersky.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab (www.kaspersky.com) develops, produces and distributes secure content management solutions that protect customers from IT threats. Kaspersky Lab's products protect both home users and corporate networks from viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans, worms, hackers and spam. For many years now, the company has waged a battle against malicious programs, and in doing so has gained unique knowledge and skills that have resulted in Kaspersky Lab becoming a technology leader and acknowledged expert in the development of secure content management solutions. Today, Kaspersky Lab's products protect more than 200 million users worldwide and its technology is licensed by leading security vendors globally. To find out more about Kaspersky Lab, visit www.kaspersky.com.