If Kaspersky were God...

Eugene Kaspersky talks about the evolution of malware, the future of cybersecurity, the problems with the Internet, and more.

Eugene Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky

Won't your suggestion of Internet Passports remove the anonymity from online browsing, thus causing problems for people who may be operating in countries that are not friendly to their views, and so on?

There is no such thing as anonymity on the Internet, for the average user. It is relatively easy to identify the casual surfer from his IP address and the ISP's logs. Criminals, on the other hand, are professionals who know how to hide their tracks. A passport would be beneficial to law-abiding users, and would make it that much more difficult for cyber-criminals to hide.

Is your company moving from pure AV solutions to more comprehensive risk-management solutions?

In any case, there is no point talking about pure AV anymore, even for home users. The minimum you need is Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, and a Firewall. We do have a few risk-management options, but we don't want to dilute our products by broadening our focus too much. We would like to stay focused on security, and make sure we have the best products in that area.

Here's a more speculative question: Looking into the middle future, say in twenty years, how do you see the internet evolving?

I would like to answer this in two parts. Firstly, I don't know about twenty years, but I feel in about fifty years, the Internet will be a much more regulated, safer place. Just as society has evolved, so too shall the Internet evolve, with identification, regulatory agencies and all the things that keep society running smoothly. There will always be criminals, but not as many as there are right now.

Secondly, in the near future, say in about ten years, I feel that we may see an increase in cyber-terrorism attacks. Governments right now don't see this as a critical problem, but I fear that there will be some sort of major attack that will change this perception. Also, I think we're going to see more devices such as smartphones, car computers, smart homes and the like come under attack from malware writers.

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