By Daniel Hunter

Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of internet security firm Kaspersky Lab, will lead discussions on how to tackle to most serious cyber crime at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Thomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia; Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and Bradford L. Smith, Executive Vice-President of Microsoft Corporation, will also take part in the discussion, taking place on 24 January.

The panel will consider how it is possible to balance security and privacy in the internet age, how to build resilient cyber defences on a national level, and how international cooperation can bolster global cyber security generally.

Speaking ahead of the discussions, Eugene Kaspersky, said: “The importance of cyber security is growing in line with the growth of our reliance on computer networks and connected devices. The World Economic Forum in Davos is an excellent opportunity for world leaders to address the most burning issues we face in cyberspace. I’ve been observing how year by year cyber threats and the ways to address them are gaining in importance on the agendas of the Davos Forums.

“I can see how the protection of critical infrastructure from cyberattacks has become an important priority for world leaders. My company has investigated and tackled some of the most sophisticated cyberattacks in history, and this expertise is very much in demand today.”

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