Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Kaspersky to transfer infrastructure out of Russian Federation

Kaspersky to transfer infrastructure out of Russian Federation

The company, headquartered in Moscow, Russia, says the transition is part of the Global Transparency Initiative.

Moscow, May 15 Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by United States authorities of helping the Kremlin's espionage efforts, said today it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to Switzerland.

The Transparency Center will showcase the history of Kaspersky Lab products and, by extension, the company's commitment to protection.

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By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab hopes to have moved the infrastructure used for USA customer data storage and processing to Zurich. "Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability".

As well as data on Western customers plus those in Singapore, Japan and South Korea, the facility will host a "software build conveyer" - tools used to assemble ready-to-use software out of source code.

By the end of 2018, the firm's security products and threat detection rule databases will be assembled and signed with a Swiss digital signature.

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The move from Russian Federation comes months after the USA's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an order that banned Kaspersky Lab products from being used by federal agencies. Through this initiative, the company promised to allow third parties to review the its source code and conduct independent reviews of its internal processes, as well as creating a trio of brick-and-mortar "transparency centers" to facilitate these reviews. This supervision appears to extend beyond the move and into Kaspersky's future.

The move is part of its global transparency initiative, which was first announced in October 2017, which it said "reflects Kaspersky Lab's ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products".

With Russia rarely out the headlines for its alleged role in election meddling, Kaspersky is now looking to distance itself from its domestic troubles by moving some of its data storage and processing infrastructure to Switzerland - a country often considered to have some of the strongest data privacy regulations in the world. "Since transparency and trust are becoming universal requirements across the cybersecurity industry, Kaspersky Lab supports the creation of a new, non-profit organisation to take on this responsibility, not just for the company, but for other partners and members who wish to join", Kaspersky added.

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