Kaspersky Lab to process data for European users in Zurich
Cybersecurity firm also opens Transparency Centre to prove the trustworthiness of its products, services and internal processes
Malicious and suspicious files shared by users of Kaspersky Lab products in Europe will from now on be processed in data centres in Zurich, the cyber security company has announced.
The relocation is part of the commitment made by Kaspersky Lab in late 2017 under its Global Transparency Initiative meant to assure the integrity and trustworthiness of its products. The shift has been accompanied by the opening of the company’s first Transparency Centre, also in Zurich.
The relocation of data processing will also increase the resilience of the company’s IT infrastructure to risks of data breaches and supply-chain attacks, and to further prove the trustworthiness of its products, services and internal processes.
Commenting on the start of data processing in Europe and the opening of the first Transparency Centre, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO Kaspersky Lab said, “Transparency is becoming the new normal for the IT industry– and for the cybersecurity industry in particular. We are proud to be on the front line of this process. As a technological company, we are focused on ensuring the best IT infrastructure for the security of our products and data, and the relocation of key parts of our infrastructure to Switzerland places them in one of the most secure locations in the world.
“The promises made in our Global Transparency Initiative are coming to fruition, enhancing the resilience and visibility of our products. Through the new Transparency Centre, also in Switzerland, trusted partners and governments will be able to see external reviews of our products and make up their own minds. We believe that steps such as these are just the beginning – for the company and for the security industry as a whole. The need to prove trustworthiness will soon become an industry standard,” Kaspersky added.
The data, which users have actively chosen to share with Kaspersky Lab, includes suspicious or previously unknown malicious files and corresponding meta-data that the company’s products send to Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) for automated malware analysis.
The relocation of other types of data processed by Kaspersky Lab products, consisting of several kinds of anonymised threat and usage statistics, is planned to be conducted during later phases of the Global Transparency Initiative.
Kaspersky Lab Transparency Centre enables authorised partners to access reviews of the company’s code, software updates and threat detection rules, along with other activities. Through the Transparency Centre, Kaspersky Lab will provide governments and partners with information on its products and their security, including essential and important technical documentation, for external evaluation in a secure environment.
These two developments will be followed by the relocation of data processing for other regions and, in phase two, the move to Zurich of software assembly.
Research ranks Switzerland as among the world’s top locations in terms of the number of secure internet servers available, and it has an international reputation as an innovative centre for data processing and high quality IT infrastructure. Being in the heart of Europe and, at the same time, a non-EU member, it has established its own data privacy regulation that is guaranteed by the state’s constitution and federal laws. In addition, there are strict regulations on processing data requests received from authorities.