The CEO of Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky, has spoken out against allegations concerning Russian intelligence collusion and pointed out his forecast on the future of the cryptocurrencies.
Kaspersky is recognized as a prominent and globally renowned antivirus protection and internet security software company; with multiple award-winning accolades. Accusations of collusion with Russian intelligence services first surfaced in December 2017, with both the British and US Government issuing warnings surrounding potential national security software exploits. However, as CEO Eugene Kaspersky points out, these allegations proved to be baseless.
‘If there is anything wrong with our products, they are available for everyone to look into. Our regulations are applied across all products around the world and we do not update our programmes or products according to the region.’
“We are working with many governments around the world, including the Russian government. We are working with e-crime departments and the procedures we apply are not different from one country to another”.
Rise of E-crimes and Cyberattacks
It comes as no coincidence that state allegations against Kaspersky coincide with an unprecedented rise in both government-sponsored and private-enterprise cyber and information attacks. Countries and organisations have experienced over a 100% increase in such attacks, with recent stories such as British Airways customers credit card details being stolen – as well 1 billion Yahoo! account details compromised – being just two examples.
Security software companies such as Kaspersky provide invaluable service and protection for enterprise and retail customers. Indeed, Eugene has long-recognized the value and need for effective cybercrime prevention:
“Since the mid-1990s, I have been saying that computer viruses are not a big problem and don’t pose a threat anymore. This problem has been addressed thanks to antivirus programmes. The threat today is e-crimes.”
Regions such as the Middle East contain a wealth of sensitive data, and as such a particularly vulnerable to economic espionage and state-sponsored information gathering attacks.
Kaspersky on cryptocurrencies
“Cryptocurrencies are a great idea, but the world is not ready for them yet. The world must be united if we want to have encrypted currencies. At the moment, governments will want to control them.
“I believe that in the future, perhaps in 100 years’ time, all the world’s governments will be one government. States will unite under the (Government of the Earth) and only then we will have one currency. Some other currencies may be available, but on a global scale the currency will be unified” – assumes Kaspersky.
“I think that in the future the currencies will be digital rather than paper. Today’s digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, cannot replace the current financial system, but some of the ideas and techniques on which these currencies are based can be used in the future currency with little modification, leveraging blockchain technology.”
Despite the lingering allegations, Kaspersky is confident that they can continue to offer world-class cyber security for their global clients – restoring trust by providing exemplary and effective E-crime software countermeasures.
It’s worth mentioning, that Kaspersky Lab will support the upcoming “Market Challenge”: Battle of the TOP 50 companies conference as a major cyber safety partner. The conference and global online voting are powered by the Newconomy.media and Neironix rating agency with Huobi exchange as a general partner.