Kaspersky to move data from Russian Federation to Switzerland to improve transparency

Kaspersky to move data from Russian Federation to Switzerland to improve transparency

The opening of a new data center in Zurich is the latest stage in this plan, and will apparently see a number of "core processes" moved from Russian Federation.

The allegations that surfaced past year suggested Kaspersky had built backdoors into its security software, enabling Russian intelligence agencies to spy on the U.S. Following an audit, it was found that around 15 percent of U.S. agencies had traces of Kaspersky Lab software on their machines, leading President Donald Trump to ban use of Kaspersky Lab software within the U.S. government. By 2019, Kaspersky Labs will have an operational datacenter in Zurich that will underpin its business for customers in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.

"We're addressing the question of trust by moving our data storage and processing facilities, as well as software assembly, to Switzerland", Kaspersky Lab CEO and founder, Eugene Kaspersky, said in written comments to Reuters.

It is possible the move could be derailed by the Russian security services, who might resist moving the data centre outside of their jurisdiction, according to people familiar with Kaspersky Lab and its relations with the Russian government.

A third-party organization will be allowed to independently review processes of storing user data and the software development within the company.

The relocation is part of Kaspersky's "Global Transparency Initiative" and it creates the company's first "transparency center".

Dutch justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus told MPs in a letter that the cabinet had chose to stop using anti-virus software produced by Kaspersky Lab, in order to guarantee national security.

The vendor claimed that before the end of this year it would start to assemble and sign products and AV databases in Zurich before distributing them around the world.

Kaspersky said these plans will make sure that "newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation" and that "software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit".

"In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners". With this new set of measures, Kaspersky Lab aims to improve the resilience of its IT infrastructure to any trust risk - even theoretical ones - and to increase its transparency to current and future clients as well as to the general public, the company adds. "We believe these two qualities make Switzerland the flawless place to move part of our sensitive infrastructure".

As a global cybersecurity solutions provider, Kaspersky Lab says it has always been committed to the most trustworthy industry practices, including strong protection for transmitted data, strict internal policies for data access, ongoing security testing of its infrastructure, and more.

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