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

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On Tuesday, the cybersecurity firm said that "a number of core processes" will be shifted from Russian Federation, including customer data storage systems and processing "for most regions".

The Global Transparency Initiative emerged from this situation and is Kaspersky's "ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products".

The Dutch government announced that the national government will no longer use anti-virus software from Kaspersky Lab. Justice and security minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus said the Kaspersky products present an increased security risk due to the company's links to the Russian government. This supervision appears to extend beyond the move and into Kaspersky's future.

"The data of our customers from the U.S., Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia will henceforth be stored and processed in Switzerland".

The cabinet has chose to stop using anti-virus software produced by Russian company Kaspersky Lab, in order to guarantee national security, justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has told MPs.

The company says: "We are relocating a good part of our infrastructure to Zurich, Switzerland, including the "software assembly line" and servers that store and process Kaspersky Security Network data, and creating our very first Transparency Center".

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Kaspersky Lab is arranging for the data storage and processing, software assembly, and source code to be independently supervised by a third party qualified to conduct technical software reviews.

The Russian antivirus vendor embarked on this initiative after the United States government has accused the company of working closely with Russian intelligence agencies.

"In a rapidly changing industry such as ours, we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners", he said in a statement.

As part of the move, the company's products and anti-virus threat detection rule databases will be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide. "We believe these two qualities make Switzerland the flawless place to move part of our sensitive infrastructure".

After announcing the relocation plans, the firm said it understands that "trust is not given" and that it "must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability".

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said the move will allow his firm to rebuild customer trust and deal with industry challenges. "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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