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Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin Meets InfoWatch Group President Natalya Kaspersky at InfoWatch Group HQ

Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin visited the headquarters of InfoWatch Group, a Russian vendor of end-to-end enterprise cybersecurity solutions, and met InfoWatch Group President Natalya Kaspersky, as well as the company’s employees. The Moscow Mayor visited the InfoWatch headquarters jointly with Alexei Fursin, Head of Moscow Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development Department, and Eduard Lysenko, Head of Moscow IT Department, and discussed how to support high-tech companies in Moscow, including via the establishment of special technoparks.

Upon approval by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, currently several technopark creation concepts are being drafted, and the residents of such a technopark, including InfoWatch Group, will be able to receive tax benefits and other support from the Moscow City Government.

According to Sergey Sobyanin, Moscow technoparks, which offer high-quality floor space at affordable rental rates, favorable business environment, and an opportunity to get tax benefits, are the most attractive venues for high-tech businesses today. Today, 33 Moscow technoparks host over 1,750 companies with a total headcount of 150,000 employees. Some of Moscow technoparks are dedicated to IT companies, and the Moscow City Government is going to award a technopark status to other similar sites in the future, for example, to InfoWatch.

“Moscow can fairly be called a city of programmers and one of the world's largest IT centers as it features a full-fledged IT industry development ecosystem, from high school and university education to 15,600 IT businesses, both giants and start-ups. I hope this sector will continue developing as we have everything needed for it: good school, fine colleges, excellent universities, leading IT companies – the entire development chain has already been established,” said Sergey Sobyanin.

Natalya Kaspersky spoke about the Group’s educational initiatives, including the development of its own training center called InfoWatch Academy. The center's programs are designed for a variety of audiences: government officials, business executives, IT specialists, and university and high school students.

Moreover, InfoWatch President told Moscow Mayor about InfoWatch’s entry into international markets, key obstacles Russian IT companies face when exporting their products and solutions, as well as InfoWatch's collaboration with Moscow Export Center to drive promotion in the Middle East.