Kaspersky Lab To Open Swiss Data Centre, Amid Dutch Ban


Kaspersky is also moving the servers that store and process much of its Security Network information to Zurich, covering the data of customers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

Kaspersky Lab software has been banned from use in the U.S. public sector since September past year. The Transparency Center will showcase the history of Kaspersky Lab products and, by extension, the company's commitment to protection.

The source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates will be available for review by responsible stakeholders in a dedicated Transparency Centre that will also be hosted in Switzerland and is expected to open this year.

The Russian antivirus vendor embarked on this initiative after the U.S. government has accused the company of working closely with Russian intelligence agencies.

Meanwhile the Russian firm seems to be failing to dispel Western concerns about its products, after the Dutch government joined the US, UK, and Lithuania when it announced on Monday that it will phase out Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software.

Today's announcement of the Kaspersky Zurich Transparency Center also comes a day after the Dutch government announced plans to phase out the usage of Kasperksy products on government systems as "as a precautionary measure", also advising private companies to do the same.

The cybersecurity firm has firmly denied these accusations, as well as having "inappropriate ties to any government, including Russian Federation".

Kaspersky Lab has announced that it plans to move data out of Russian Federation and into a new data center in Switzerland.

Kaspersky has repeatedly denied these allegations, but the company claims that it is working with others to "address growing challenges of industry fragmentation" and "a breakdown of trust".

"The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organization, and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit", Kaspersky added.

The idea had first been mooted in March this year, and the Swiss facility The facility is to be one of a series of "transparency centres" located around the world, and will be used to collect and analyse files identified as suspicious from the computers of tens of millions of Kaspersky customers based in the United States and European Union.

Kaspersky Lab said it also plans to open similar centres in North America and Asia by 2020, but declined to provide any further details.

To improve transparency and integrity, the company said it is also looking for an independent third-party based in Switzerland to supervise its operations in order to assure customers that their data can not be compromised by the Russian state.