Kaspersky Lab Names Chris Doggett as Managing Director, North America
SAN FRANCISCO - Kaspersky Lab announced a major leadership change to its North American operations this week, while at the same time revealing its strategic plans for expansion in the enterprise IT security market.
On Tuesday, the privately-held security firm named Chris Doggett as Managing Director of the company’s North America operations, replacing Steve Orenberg who served as President.
|Chris Doggett - Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab North America|
The Managing Director role in North America is replacing the President role, a move that is in line with all other regions globally, a company spokesperson told SecurityWeek.
Doggett will be tasked with managing the company’s sales, marketing, and business development functions, and report directly to Chief Business Officer Garry Kondakov.
Doggett, who has been with the company since 2012, previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales for North America. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, he led global channel sales at Sophos and has held other senior leadership positions at several high-growth companies.
The Moscow-based company, which has long been a leader in the consumer-focused endpoint security market, has put significant investment into its business protection solutions in recent years, and Doggett’s appointment to the top position in North America shows the company’s determination to grow its share in the enterprise IT security market.
At a cyber security summit hosted by Kaspersky Lab this week in San Francisco, the company announced new security technologies along with planned solutions and business strategies designed to fuel the company’s growth.
According to unaudited figures provided by Kaspersky Lab, the company experienced 9 percent growth in the corporate segment overall and 18 percent growth in the enterprise segment in 2013. The company currently claims a global customer base of more than 250,000 companies, ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to large government and enterprise customers.
In addition to announcing the management change, the company unveiled a new virtualization solution and highlighted how threat intelligence is a key component of its enterprise security portfolio.
Dubbed Kaspersky Security for Virtualization | Light Agent, the company’s new virtualization security solution is optimized specifically for Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer customers, and will provide VMware customers with a choice of agentless or light-agent protection. The protection and performance benefits of the light agent solution offer the “best of both worlds” over existing agentless and agent-based virtualization security models, the company said.
Set to be available on April 22 in the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and the Middle East, the new offering will compliment Kaspersky Lab’s agentless virtualization security solution for VMware vSphere users, which will continue to be offered as Kaspersky Security for Virtualization | Agentless.
Security Enhanced Through Threat Intelligence
The foundation of the enterprise security portfolio, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business, provides application, device and web control tools, data encryption, mobile security and MDM, and systems and patch management, through a single integrated platform that leverages Kaspersky Lab’s threat intelligence.
“Criminals are increasingly elaborate in designing their attacks and always try to exploit the weakest link in terms of security, which means that supply chains and contractors are targeted as well,” said Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab. “This means that today threat intelligence is one of the top priorities for CIOs and CSOs, who need to ensure their defenses are flexible enough to withstand not just contemporary threats, but also the coming generation of cyber dangers.”
The company is also in the process of developing a secure operating system to address the unique security requirements of industrial control systems and critical infrastructure, including protection for SCADA servers and engineering workstations, along with PLC protection, network-level and embedded security.
Kaspersky Lab also recently announced a fraud prevention platform designed to help financial service providers combat cyber-attacks.
"Kaspersky Lab has steadily and notably strengthened its position in the enterprise security market by delivering efficient endpoint protection suites and targeted security solutions,” said Charles Kolodgy, Research Vice President for IDC's Security Products. "Additionally, they have built a solid Threat Intelligence reputation through research exposing sophisticated attacks that employ designer malware. Kaspersky Lab is further enriching its enterprise portfolio with security intelligence services and solutions for under-served areas such as Critical Infrastructure Protection and online transaction security. These advancements cement their position as a vendor to watch in the enterprise security market."