Kaspersky shifts all data for Australian customers from Russian Federation to Switzerland

Kaspersky Software Use to Be Phased Out by Dutch Government

Kaspersky Software Use to Be Phased Out by Dutch Government

Kaspersky Lab is moving core infrastructure from Russian Federation to Switzerland.

The same goes for the data processed by Kaspersky Security Network: Storing it 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.

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 firm says this is part of its Global Transparency Initiative and that it will also open a Transparency Center in Switzerland this year.

While unable to offer firm evidence of compromise, modern anti-virus software does scan files and sends data back to the software company for analysis.

As a result, the Trump administration banned government agencies and officials from using the Russian company's antivirus tools.


The Netherlands follows the U.S. and United Kingdom governments taking similar steps.

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". He also said Moscow-based Kaspersky was subject to Russian laws that could oblige it to comply with Russian state interests.

"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".

The move follows controversy in the United States a year ago when the federal government removed Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors, weeks after senior USA intelligence agency and law enforcement officials expressed concerns about the safety of its software.

Kaspersky Lab 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".

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. "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.

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