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Ms. Reddy @Kaspersky Advisory Board
By Sumir Singh 

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. This online security giant which has been operating for 16 years has more than 300 million users in 200 countries. International Cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar promotes Kaspersky in India.

And now one of the most respected names in the Indian security establishment has joined its International Advisory Board.

Kaspersky Lab has established an International Advisory Board, gathering world-known cybersecurity experts, to provide strategic advice in the IT security market to the company. The Advisory Board brings together seven internationally recognized experts in IT security from the industry, public sector and academia who will provide practical guidance, insights and validation on the strategic plans and priority business development areas of the company. The newly-formed Advisory Board held its first meeting on February 11, 2014 in conjunction to the company’s annual Security Analyst Summit.

Howard A. Schmidt, former Cyber Advisor to both President Bush and President Obama, will serve as the chairman of the International Advisory Board and will be joined by: Bruce Schneier, Jae-Woo Lee, Latha Reddy, Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Norbert Pohlmann and Whitfield Diffie. The Board members’ combined years of experience in situations where the IT security industry connects with government, international and national cyber strategy policy makers, and academia, will bring unparalleled expertise and guidance to Kaspersky Lab.

“This Board’s willingness to provide strategic advice to Kaspersky Lab underlines the company’s long-standing reputation as an IT security leader with transparent and open business operations. Contemporary cyberthreats are a global problem which cannot be contained within any geographical borders; which is why our board is truly international,” said Howard A. Schmidt, chairman of Kaspersky Lab’s Advisory Board.

“It’s a great achievement and honor to have such esteemed industry experts on board. We gathered people who understand the seriousness and scale of cyber-reality problems nowadays better than anyone else. We are highly flattered that all of them have agreed to join Kaspersky Lab and contribute to our fight against cybercrime,” said Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab. “The establishment of this advisory board is a milestone for the company, and a logical step which ensures that our development continues to advance in the right direction.”

The company is renowned for its leading expertise, which provides unparalleled depth of analysis and understanding of all kinds of threats, from common malware to targeted attacks and the most sophisticated cyber weapons like Flame, Duqu, Red October, NetTraveler etc. The company actively participates in joint cyber security operations with international organizations, national and regional law enforcement and government agencies such as INTERPOL, and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) worldwide. It openly shares its own research with a broader public audience.

The newly-formed Advisory Board will further reinforce the company’s cyber security intelligence foundations, bringing in new perspectives and expertise from its respected members. This in turn will help the company develop innovative technologies and intellectual services which address market-specific needs and the most dangerous threats of today and tomorrow. 

Latha Reddy (India) is the former Deputy National Security Adviser of India. In addition to assisting National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, Reddy was responsible for cybersecurity and other critical internal and external security issues. Ms. Reddy has also served at the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce in New Delhi in various capacities. She has served as the Deputy Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and as the Head of the Administration Division in the Ministry of External Affairs.


Photo: Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab and next to him is Latha Reddy (left to right)


(2/12/2014)
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