Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab recently announced that it will move some its key operations, including customer data storage and software assembly, from Moscow to Zurich, Switzerland.
The firm will shift operations such as customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates.
The move, according to the firm, is aimed at ensuring full transparency and integrity.
“Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland,” it said.
By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab will have established a data center in Zurich and in this facility will store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, with more countries to follow. This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.
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.
The firm noted that its 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 relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organization, and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit.
The Global Transparency Initiative, announced in October 2017, reflects Kaspersky Lab’s ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products. The new measures are the next steps in the development of the 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.
The new measures comprise the move of data storage and processing for a number of regions, the relocation of software assembly and the opening of the first Transparency Center.
The firm’s CEO Eugene Kaspersky said he had received support from regional Swiss officials and the Swiss embassy in Moscow. “In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners,” said Kaspersky. “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.”