Russian software security giant Kaspersky Lab, known for its popular anti-virus system, will open a development center in Jerusalem next year – one of its few outside of Russia. In its first stage, the development center will employ six workers, but the number is expected to increase over time.
Kaspersky chairman, CEO, and co-founder Eugene Kaspersky is currently in Israel, taking part in a cybersecurity conference in Jerusalem, with the participation of the Jerusalem municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority, and Jerusalem-based venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP).
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Kaspersky also arrived for the opening of the Jerusalem Formula Peace Road Show, which he was involved in creating. Kaspersky led a similar event in Moscow, and brought the Formula event to Israel last year, together with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
Kaspersky’s R&D center in Jerusalem will be established as part of the joint Jerusalem municipality- Jerusalem Development Authority Jnext initiative. The Jnext program aims to encourage and support technological initiatives in the city, international start-ups, and young high-tech and biomed companies, through various benefits and grants.
The Kaspersky R&D center follows the opening of a sales, business development, and customer service office in Tel Aviv in 2013, and a close relationship with Israel over the years. The activity in Israel was inaugurated last year, during Kaspersky’s last visit to Israel. Kaspersky’s Israel operations are headed by Noam Froimovici.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com