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The Russians are coming!

Last month Eugene Kaspersky, one of the world's foremost experts on computer viruses and IT security, visited the Government Computer News offices in Washington. Our senior writer and security expert William Jackson sat down with him to discuss Internet threats and other issues.

So what worries Kaspersky, whose name has become almost synonymous with antivirus algorithms? Among them, the criminalization of the Internet and smart phone security.

Jackson's interview with Kaspersky will run in the April 17 edition of GCN, so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, here's a GCN.com Tech Blog-exclusive Q&A that you won't see in our pages:

GCN: How difficult was it for a Russian company (Kaspersky Lab) to move into the U.S. security market?

KASPERSKY: The times have changed. We are at the moment on the same side of the line. We have offices in 10 countries and the most difficult markets to enter were the United Kingdom and Japan.

The first foreign market we entered was the U.K. in 1999. They didn't say it directly, but it was possible to see it in their eyes, 'A Russian security company is coming to a British market?' In the three years after that their opinions changed, and Russian technology is accepted. For three years we have had a presence in Japan, but just last year we got the boxes in the shops there.

To enter the U.S. was difficult because the market is really big. In the United States, the businesses and the people accept new technologies and new products.

Posted by Brad Grimes

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Mar 31, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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