Friday, 20 July, 2018

Kaspersky Lab shifts customer data out of Russian Federation

Kaspersky Switzerland Kaspersky to make life easier for partners with transparency plans
Faye Gross | 16 May, 2018, 12:06

Kaspersky has now taken steps to mitigate the damage caused by these events by announcing plans to move a number of "core processes" out of Russian Federation and to Zurich. That also includes a majority of its "software assembly line", essentially the code for every product and update.

The firm says this is part of its Global Transparency Initiative and that it will also open a Transparency Center in Switzerland this year.

Kaspersky Security Network is the cloud-based system through which Kaspersky collects data from the computers of its business customers, in order to spot and combat threats.

This time, the company is moving some of its infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland in a bid to address claims that it had built back-doors into its software, thereby allowing Russian intelligence agents to spy on the US.

The post continued: 'Although the current level of protection in our data processing and software development infrastructure is extremely high, we are constantly working to improve it.

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Kaspersky Lab software has been banned from use in the USA public sector since September previous year. The Trump administration had in September directed civilian agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. US policymakers maintain that removing the anti-virus software gets rid of a vulnerability that Russian Federation could have exploited in the future.

Kaspersky Lab said it will relocate a "good part" of the cybersecurity firm's infrastructure from Russian Federation to Switzerland as part of an effort to regain customer trust eroded by allegations that it aided Moscow's espionage activities. Before that, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advised the UK government against using Kaspersky products. Its products and antivirus databases will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland before the end of this year. 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, er, Russian security biz also intends to use an independent third party to conduct technical code reviews and make the source code available for review by "responsible stakeholders".

"First, Switzerland has maintained its policy of neutrality for two centuries".

"Trust is essential in cyber security, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability", Kaspersky added.

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