As part of the International Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to transfer a number of key processes from Russia to Switzerland. This includes storing and processing customer data for most sites, as well as software development, including threat detection updates.
To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab oversees this activity by an independent external partner, also based in Switzerland.
International transparency and cooperation
The International Transparency Initiative, announced in October 2017, reflects Kaspersky Lab's ongoing commitment to ensuring the integrity and reliability 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 the collapse of trust. Trust is essential for digital security and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given, it must be earned repeatedly through transparency and accountability.
The new measures include the transfer of data storage and processing for certain areas, the relocation of software development and the establishment of the first Transparency Center.
Migration of storage and processing of customer data
By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab will have established a data center in Zurich and will store and process all user information in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Africa. Korea. This information is shared voluntarily by users through Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), an advanced cloud-based system that automatically processes data related to digital threats.
Transfer of software integration tools
Kaspersky Lab will bring its 'software build conveyer' to Zurich - a set of programming tools used to assemble ready-to-use source code software. Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and routine threat detection databases (AV databases) will begin to be consolidated and digitally signed in Switzerland, before being distributed to customer terminals worldwide. The transfer will ensure that all recently integrated software can be verified by an independent organization, and show that the software constructions and software updates that customers receive match the source code given for testing.
Establishment of the first Transparency Center
The source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates will be available for review by responsible Transparency Center, which will also be hosted in Switzerland and is expected to open this year. This approach will further show that from generation to generation Kaspersky Lab products have been manufactured and used for a single purpose: to protect the company's customers from digital threats.
Independent supervision and inspection
Kaspersky Lab oversees independent data storage and processing, software integration, and source code by an external partner trained to perform technical software reviews. As transparency and trust become universal requirements across the digital security industry, Kaspersky Lab supports the creation of a new non-profit organization that will take on this responsibility, not only for the company, but also for other partners and members who wish to join.
Her commitment Kaspersky Lab
As a leading provider of integrated digital security solutions, Kaspersky Lab has always been committed to the most reliable practices in the industry, including strong data transfer protection, strict internal data access policies, ongoing infrastructure security testing, and many other. With this new set of measures, Kaspersky Lab aims to significantly improve the resilience of the IT infrastructure to any risk of trust - even theoretical ones - and increase its transparency to existing and future customers, as well as the general public.
Commenting on the transfer of procedures and the opening of the Transparency Center, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: "In a rapidly changing industry like ours, we need to adapt to the evolving needs of our customers, stakeholders and partners. Transparency is such a need and that is why we decided to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland. We believe that such an action will be a global trend for digital security and that a policy of trust will be adopted by the entire industry as a key key requirement. "
Learn more about Kaspersky Lab Transparency Principles and the International Transparency Initiative here: www.kaspersky.com/about/transparency.