Kaspersky talks up transparency initiative

Kaspersky talks up transparency initiative
27 Jun

Russian anti-virus vendor Kaspersky Lab’s campaign to counter the damage to its reputation and its revenues inflicted by the US and other governments in recent months rolled into Sydney this week, with the company holding a press lunch to flesh out details of its recently announced plans to open a ‘transparency centre’ in Switzerland.

The company also revealed details of collaboration with Swinburne University along with its plans to open a Sydney office.

Kaspersky announced in May that it would move core infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland, and that, by the end of 2019, data from customers in Europe, North America, Japan, Singapore, Australia and South Korea would be stored and processed in Zurich. The new transparency centre will be the first of several the company plans to open around the world.

The move followed the US Department of Homeland Security, in September 2017, ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks within 90 days, citing concerns that the software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national security.

US retail giant Bestbuy followed the government’s lead by removing Kaspersky software from its online and retail stores. Kaspersky launched a legal challenge — still in progress — to the US government’s actions.

Stephan Neumeier managing director, Kaspersky Lab, APAC, said that as result of the ban, Kaspersky’s business in the US was now “in terminal decline,” but the company was doing well elsewhere.

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