Brilliant and charismatic individuals such as Eugene Kaspersky don't come along too often. Practically a household name in the internet security world, Russian based Kaspersky has turned a keen love of mathematics and cryptography into big business, employing hundreds of employees, with offices spread across the four corners of the globe as Kaspersky Lab continues to grow.
We'll be travelling Croatia next week for the the 10th annual Virus Analysts conference (VAS), where we'll have the opportunity to interview with Eugene Kaspersky, and we'll be giving readers the unique chance to ask him questions about the security world.
A little back history
Kaspersky Lab security and antivirus software is one of the most respected brands (read our A-list review here) in the security business, regularly being cited the best malware busting software out there.
Although not quite as large as McAfee or Symantec, Kaspersky's privately owned business structure is unique amongst a sea of US and UK based security conglomerates.
Recently, Kaspersky was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for Science and Technology. That's a pretty big deal in Russia, where the prize is awarded annually by the Kremlin to honour outstanding work and discoveries. The Russian State Prize is regarded as the highest honour that can be bestowed to individuals for their service to society and the state.
Kaspersky's world work in the field of cryptography is legendary: his research into Cryptography began when he discovered the Cascade virus on his computer in 1989, which led to his work from 1991 to 1997 at the KAMI Information Technologies Centre in Russia. In 1997, Kaspersky co-founded Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Lab detect changes in the social networking scene
On the 10th June, 2009, Kaspersky Lab detected its 25 millionth piece of malware, a worm known as Net-Worm.Win32.Koobface, which targets users of Facebook and MySpace.
We're likely to see an overall increase in malware targeting the social networking crowd over the next few years, as more people join these networks and security among its users remains lax.
Kaspersky Lab has long cited social networking as the next big frontier in security exploits and we're sure many of you are very interested to hear what Eugene Kaspersky thinks will happen in the near future.
Your chance to ask Eugene Kaspersky a question
Be it online social networking threats, emerging malware, cryptography trends or mathematics; we'll select seven of the most interesting questions submitted to us in the comments below. It's your chance to engage one of the leading experts in the security industry.
Let's try and be constructive with the comments. The best questions will be selected by close of business hours next Monday, 22nd June.
Post your questions in the comments box below.