Kaspersky Lab to move core infrastructure from Russian Federation to Switzerland


The Transparency Center will showcase the history of Kaspersky Lab products and, by extension, the company's commitment to protection.

Additionally, Kaspersky Lab said it will relocate its software assembly tools - used to turn source code into software - to Switzerland by the end of 2018.

Kaspersky Lab is to move a number of core processes from Russian Federation 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 allegations that surfaced past year suggested Kaspersky had built backdoors into its security software, enabling Russian intelligence agencies to spy on the U.S. Following an audit, it was found that around 15 percent of U.S. agencies had traces of Kaspersky Lab software on their machines, leading President Donald Trump to ban use of Kaspersky Lab software within the U.S. government.

Kaspersky Lab's move will be overseen by an "independent third party, also based in Switzerland", according to a statement issued by the company.

Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by United States authorities of helping the Kremlin's espionage efforts, said Tuesday it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to Switzerland.

Kaspersky Lab is arranging for the data storage and processing, software assembly, and source code to be independently supervised by a third party qualified to conduct technical software reviews.

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In fact, its Global Transparency Initiative was announced in October a year ago in response to the allegations.

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

Software produced by Kaspersky has already been banned from U.S. government systems, and the company has been on a mission to prove that Russian Federation is not spying on other countries via its antivirus tools.

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".

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

Kaspersky said these plans will make sure that "newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation" and that "software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit". "We believe these two qualities make Switzerland the flawless place to move part of our sensitive infrastructure".

"This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one goal only: protecting the company's customers from cyber threats", the company statement said.