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Kaspersky Lab shifts customer data out of Russian Federation

Kaspersky Lab shifts customer data out of Russian Federation

Data of customers from the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia will be moved first, followed by other countries. This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) (http://KSN.Kaspersky.com) an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab plans to open a data centre in Switzerland by the end of next year to help address Western government concerns that Russian Federation exploits its anti-virus software to spy on customers.

"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.

The migration will be supervised by an independent Switzerland-based third party "to ensure full transparency and integrity".

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

Last October, the Moscow-headquartered company launched a worldwide transparency effort after the USA claimed that the company had given Russian security agencies backdoor access to secretive data.

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Opening the Swiss data centre is the latest effort by Kaspersky, a global leader in anti-virus software, to parry accusations by the USA government and others that it spies on customers at the behest of Russian intelligence.

Kaspersky Lab will relocate its "software build conveyer" to Zurich, a set of programming tools used to assemble ready-to-use software out of source code. "We believe these two qualities make Switzerland the ideal place to move part of our sensitive infrastructure".

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. "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 company noted.

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". This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one objective only: protecting the company's customers from cyberthreats.

In September 2017, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also demanded US state agencies and departments to stop using Kaspersky Lab products due to their potential threat to US cybersecurity.

"We believe such action will become a global trend for cybersecurity, and that a policy of trust will catch on across the industry as a key basic requirement".