Kaspersky to Move Data of Most Users From Russia to Switzerland

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The transfer "includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates", said Kaspersky, whose software protects some 400 million computers worldwide.

The creation of the Zurich Transparency Center is part of a larger plan announced by the company in October 2017, called the Global Transparency Initiative.

The transparency center will also host the company's "build infrastructure" that Kaspersky uses to assemble and manage its products. It is common for companies with government contracts to allow the secure inspection of their code, to check for hidden backdoors, and that's what will also be on offer at Kaspersky's Zurich facility.

By the end of this year, the production of its anti-virus software will be shifted to Zurich and a data centre will be built there next year where information on most non-Russian customers will be stored.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab plans to open a data centre in Switzerland by the end of next year to help address Western government concerns that Russian Federation exploits its anti-virus software to spy on customers.

"Storing [the Kaspersky Security Network data] in Switzerland under the supervision of an independent organization means that any access to this data is meticulously logged-and the logs can be reviewed at any moment should any concerns arise", Kaspersky said.

"We're addressing the question of trust by moving our data storage and processing facilities, as well as software assembly, to Switzerland", Kaspersky Lab CEO and founder, Eugene Kaspersky, said in written comments to Reuters.

The new measures are the next steps in the development of the initiative, but they also reflect the company's commitment to working with others to address the growing challenges of industry fragmentation and a breakdown of trust, the company said.

By the end of 2018, the firm's security products and threat detection rule databases will be assembled and signed with a Swiss digital signature.

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.

"Transparency is one such need, and that is why we've made a decision to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland".

"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. "We believe such action will become a global trend for cybersecurity, and that a policy of trust will catch on across the industry as a key basic requirement", he added.