Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Kaspersky To Move Its Operations and User Data From Russia To Switzerland

Kaspersky To Move Its Operations and User Data From Russia To Switzerland

Kaspersky Lab has announced it will open a new data center in Switzerland to handle all data for customers in key markets like Europe, North America and Australia in a bid to improve transparency and rebuild trust following a challenging year for the company.

The company has promised that by the end of 2019, customers based in Europe will have data stored and processed in Zurich, rather than Kaspersky's data centres in Moscow.

The new Swiss transparency lab will be home to customer data storage and processing for most of Kaspersky's 400 million users as well as software assembly.

With Russia rarely out the headlines for its alleged role in election meddling, Kaspersky is now looking to distance itself from its domestic troubles by moving some of its data storage and processing infrastructure to Switzerland - a country often considered to have some of the strongest data privacy regulations in the world.

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

The move is part of its global transparency initiative, which was first announced in October 2017, which it said "reflects Kaspersky Lab's ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products".

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Last October, the Moscow-headquartered company launched a worldwide transparency effort after the United States claimed that the company had given Russian security agencies backdoor access to secretive data. The Trump administration had in September directed civilian agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. Kaspersky has refuted the claims.

Kaspersky's "software build conveyer" is a set of programming tools used to assemble ready-to-use software from source code.

Chief executive Eugene Kaspersky said: "In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners".

As for the third-party organization that will review Kaspersky's source code and keep an eye on its employees' access to customers' metadata, Kaspersky said it "supports the creation of a new, non-profit organization to take on this responsibility, not just for the company, but for other partners and members who wish to join". Transparency is one such need, and that is why we've chose to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland.

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.

The Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky, desperate to regain trust after USA pushback against its alleged ties to Russian intelligence, is moving some of its key operations from Moscow to Zurich, Switzerland.

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