With a lot of security vendors being acquired and merged into the operations of larger IT infrastructure companies these days, Kaspersky Lab appears to be making plans for a slightly different direction, with a possible IPO and acquisitions of its own.
According to the Monsters and Critics Web site, company founder Eugene Kaspersky is starting a new company in the Kaspersky name and is preparing for a “stock exchange listing.” Monsters and critics cited comments Kaspersky board member Vitalij Besrodnych made to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur news agency. Besrodnych also suggested Kaspersky was mulling a stock exchange listing in the “foreseeable future” while also pondering the possible purchase of other companies.
Meanwhile, co-founders Eugene and Natalya Kaspersky are switching roles, with Eugene becoming CEO and Natalya becoming board chairman. Other board members include Alexey De Mont De Rique, Vitaly Bezrodnykh, Evgeny Buyakin, Garry Kondakov, Andreas Lamm, Stephen Orenberg, and Harry Cheung.
And so for now, at least, Kaspersky seems ready to buck the trend of the big guys gobbling up the independent security vendors.