Twice every year, analysts from Kaspersky meet for a couple of days to brainstorm over ongoing security issues, think about new ways to protect the users and fight against new breeds of threats.
The first summit for 2011 took place earlier in February, and brought together over 100 people from various departments inside the company. Although the exact subjects of the talks are secret as usual, the discussions revolved around subjects such as Android threats, targeted attacks, whitelisting and digital certificates.
One of the highlights of the meeting was having an external guest for an afternoon of a different kind of brainwork – the ancient game of chess. It was a great privilege to meet and talk to Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, former World Chess Champion and one of the greatest chess players to have ever lived.
Mr Karpov was kind to play a simul against 10 chess players from Kaspersky Lab. All the games ended predictably with 1-0 (Mr Karpov played white at all the tables), except for the game with KL’s CTO Nikolay Grebennikov, who was agreed to a draw, after the black was in a winning position but blundered resulting in an equal endgame.
You can see GM Karpov in the picture above, with some of the KAS participants that you might recognize.
The next issue of KAS will take place in June, at a warmer, though undisclosed (for now) location.