Christopher W. Klaus

Born: 
1973

Christopher W. Klaus attended Georgia Tech in 1994, just one year prior to the Internet's public opening for personal and commercial use. In an attempt to predict the need for Internet security, Klaus created a company named Internet Security Systems (ISS); his company went public in 1998 and was acquired by IBM in 2006 for over one billion dollars. Klaus later founded the company Kaneva, Inc., a company Klaus directed to excel in the area of three-dimensional gaming. Although Klaus left Georgia Tech prior to completing his degree, he is still an active member of the Georgia Tech community. With his donation to the Klaus Advanced Computing Building, Chris Klaus "became one of the nation’s youngest philanthropists." In his remarks at the Klaus Advanced Computing Building groundbreaking, Klaus said, “My contribution is a result of both my desire to give back to Georgia Tech and the Atlanta community as well as enable future students to follow their dreams with the resources they need to be successful.” 

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Founder: Internet Security Systems
  • IBM bought his company for over a billion dollars
  • Founder / CEO: Kaneva