Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab announced plans to grow its enterprise cybersecurity position in Asia through a partnership with MSI-ECS Philippines, according to BusinessWorld reports this week.
In its announcement, Kaspersky pointed to the Philippines' "young and highly active online population," making it a key market for the company. Its collaboration with MSI-ECS will focus on business-to-business (B2B) cybersecurity products, reports noted, targeting local businesses with security tools.
MSI-ECS will be able to distribute Kaspersky products, including Security for Microsoft Office 365, Endpoint Security Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Security.
"With this strategic partnership with MSI-ECS, we're confident that we'd be able to provide the most comprehensive protection to local organizations, which need the best support as they build the cybersecurity of their businesses and [industrial control systems (ICS)] environments," said Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia General Manager Yeo Siang Tiong in a statement. "We believe the proven track record of MSI-ECS in the local IT industry, and its extensive channel network, will make it a strong ally for Kaspersky Lab in this part of the region."
In another statement, MSI-ECS President and Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Go pointed to the Philippine government's recent efforts to promote cybersecurity as another opportunity for Kaspersky to expand.
Last November, Kaspersky announced the launch of its "Transparency Center" in Switzerland, which enables authorized partners to access information on companies' threat detection rules and software updates. The company also revealed the relocation of data processing centers in Switzerland, designed to analyze data from European users sharing information on security threats.
"Transparency is becoming the new normal for the IT industry — and for the cybersecurity industry in particular," said the firm's CEO Eugene Kaspersky in a statement at the time.
"Through the new Transparency Center, also in Switzerland," he continued, "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."