Kaspersky Lab opens office in Rwanda

On 16 May 2019 at 01:39

In a bid to expand business in East Africa, Kaspersky Lab has opened a new office in Kigali, Rwanda.

It has been announced by Eugene Kaspersky, founder and the CEO of the global cyber-security firm, Kaspersky who is among delegates attending Transform Africa 2019 in Kigali. He has been involved in the business of countering cybersecurity attacks for 30 years.

Eugene has told IGIHE that the office was opened in Kigali two days ago.

The Kigali office will provide more office space for the growing global cyber Security Company as well as close proximity to new partners for better collaboration.

The new office will also provide greater space for Kaspersky Lab and will be an opportunity for Rwandan companies dealing in IT and cybersecurity related issues to work closely with the most renowned anti-virus solution provider.

Kaspersky talked on opening the office to Rwanda as he featured on a panel at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit 2019 with the Director General of Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority, Lt. Col. Patrick Nyirishema.

Eugene Kaspersky stressed that Governments and enterprises need an integrated approach to complex threat detection and response as they fight cybercriminals who have significant financial resources and constantly looking to exploit any vulnerability.

He also talked on different topics related to cybersecurity attacks pointing out most recent ones on WhatsApp.

Eugene explained that the most important thing nowadays is countering cyber-attacks.
He said Kaspersky collaborates with universities to ensure students get the right knowledge and skills in the area of ICT and is ready to partner with Rwanda’s universities.

“We have a partnership with universities worldwide and we are ready to start cooperation with universities in Rwanda. We offer most of the services for free to share our expertise and knowledge because we need a large number of intellectuals in technology,” he revealed.

Kaspersky Lab already has 37 branches in 32 countries worldwide.

After featuring on the Transform Africa Summit panel yesterday, Eugene Kaspersky met with President Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and discussed further cooperation with Rwanda government and the ways to protect the country from cyber threats.

They also discussed plans for the new local office and the plans to expand the operation to other neighboring countries.

Discussions were attended by the delegation accompanying Eugene while and the Director General of RURA and the Minister of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire on the side of Rwanda.