As part of its Global Transparency Initiative, Kaspersky Lab is adapting its infrastructure to move a number of core processes from Russia to Switzerland. This includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates. To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland.
The Global Transparency Initiative, announced in October 2017, reflects Kaspersky Lab’s ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness 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 a breakdown of trust. Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability.
“Cyber world is encountering difficult times with the rise of balkanisation and protectionism. As a result of these actions, unfortunately, the only beneficiaries are cybercriminals. We believe that we need to address this new reality, and that is why we have announced Global Transparency Initiative,” said Anton Shingarev, VP for Public Affairs & Head of the CEO Office at Kaspersky Lab.
The new measures comprise the move of data storage and processing for a number of regions, the relocation of software assembly and the opening of the first Transparency Center.
“By implementing this transparent approach in cybersecurity, Kaspersky Lab is establishing an unprecedented standard in the industry. At this point in the history of cybersecurity, openness is crucial in forging transparent relationships and help establish policies that would benefit each and all to be safe from cyber threats,” Mr Shingarev said.
Relocation Of Customer Data Storage And Processing
By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab will have established a data centre in Zurich and in this facility will store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, with more countries to follow. This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.
Kaspersky Lab will relocate to Zurich its “software build conveyer” – a set of programming tools used to assemble ready-to-use software out of source code. Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (AV databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide. The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation, and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit.
Establishment Of The First Transparency Center
The source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates will be available for review by responsible stakeholders in a dedicated Transparency Center that will also be hosted in Switzerland and is expected to open this year. This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one purpose only: protecting the company’s customers from cyberthreats.
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. 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.
We believe we have taken a crucial first step of a paradigm shifting approach for greater transparency in the cybersecurity industry. Businesses should request for codes disclosures in their RFPs. With disclosure of source codes, biases would be eliminated and the greater public will gain the most out of it,” said Stephan Neumeier, MD of Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.