Kaspersky Lab has announced the opening of its first Transparency Center, located in Zurich Switzerland.
The Transparency Center will allow authorized partners to access reviews of a company’s code, software updates and threat detection rules, while governments and partners will be provided with information on products and security, including essential and important technical documentation that can be evaluated in a secure environment.
In addition, the company announced that threat-related data shared by European users will now be processed in two new, state-of-the-art data centers, also located in Zurich.
“The relocation of data processing is part of a major infrastructure move designed to increase the resilience of the company’s IT infrastructure to risks of data breaches and supply-chain attacks. The move also reflects the company’s determination to assure the integrity and trustworthiness of its products, services and internal processes,” the company wrote in a press release.
Malicious and suspicious files shared by users of Kaspersky Lab products in Europe will immediately be processed in the two data centers. The data 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 opening of the Transparency Center — along with the data centers — is the first part of a relocation plan made by Kaspersky in late 2017 as part of the Global Transparency Initiative.
“Transparency is becoming the new normal for the IT industry — and for the cybersecurity industry in particular,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab. “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 Center, 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.”