The beginnings of ESET date back to 1987, when two young programming enthusiasts, Peter Paško and Miroslav Trnka, wrote a program for the detection of one of the world’s first computer viruses. They did not know that they had created one of the most successful antivirus programs in the world – dubbing it NOD. In 1992, together with their mutual friend Rudolf Hrubý, they formally established ESET.
What started as the brainchild of a few friends has evolved into the most valuable international brand of any Slovak company. Today ESET’s NOD32 technology protects over 100 million users across the world.
This success did not come overnight. The company’s global success and growth was given a boost in 1998 with its first “VB100” award from the prestigious Virus Bulletin magazine. In 2016, ESET became the first company to receive this accolade 100 times for a single product.
Today, over 1,600 employees around the world drive the company’s success – a telling increase from 3 in 1987 and 135 in 2006. Almost 900 of them are based in Slovakia, the home of ESET headquarters.
We put great emphasis on research and development. In addition to regional centers, we are building a network of technology centers around the world – at present numbering twelve.
Throughout the company’s expansion, we have stayed true to the principles on which we were founded, and we remain independent in order to continue to meet new challenges.
"For 30 years we've been helping people to protect their digital worlds. From a small, dynamic company we've grown into a global brand with over 100 million users in 202 countries and territories. Many things have changed, but our core aspirations, philosophy and values remain the same – to help build a more secure digital world where everyone can truly Enjoy Safer Technology"
Richard Marko, Chief Executives Officer, ESET