Only three State Prizes of the Russian Federation in Science and Technology are awarded every year. The winner of the prize receives a medal, diploma and 5 million Russian rubles (ca. $150 thousand). The 2009 award ceremony will take place in Kremlin on June 12.
In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, the founder and CEO of the leading Russian internet security and antivirus software vendor, Kaspersky Lab, has been awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation in Science and Technology.
Founded in 1997, Kaspersky Lab generated revenues of over $200 million in 2008. It is a top 5 security software vendor globally.
Headquartered in Moscow, Kaspersky Lab has regional offices in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Japan, China, South Korea, Romania and the United States. The company is 50% owned by its founder and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky. Chairman of the Board of Directors and co-founder, Natalya Kaspersky owns a 30% stake in the company.
According to recent study by Anti-Malware.ru, Kaspersky Lab holds 45 percent of antivirus software market in Russia, ahead of Symantec (18%) and Eset (14%). The market was valued at $133 million (in retail prices) in 2007, up 94% from 2006.