Kaspersky Lab is set to open a Transparency Center in Switzerland later this year, a move the company says will enhance its generational approach of ensuring its customers are protected from cyberthreats.
As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to move a number of core processes like customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly and threat detection updates from Russia to Switzerland.
“In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners. Transparency is one such need, and that is why we’ve decided to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland. We believe such action will become a global trend for cybersecurity, and that a policy of trust will catch on across the industry as a key basic requirement,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Lab will relocate to Zurich its ‘software build conveyer’ — a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software out of source code. Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (AV databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide.
The new measures are the next steps in the development of the Global Transparency Initiative, but they also reflect the company’s commitment to working with others to address the growing challenges of industry fragmentation and a breakdown of trust.
Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability.
To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland.