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Dutch govt bans use of Kaspersky Lab products

15 May 2018

Moscow, May 15 Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by USA authorities of helping the Kremlin's espionage efforts, said today it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to Switzerland.

Announced in October past year, the Global Transparency Initiative is an effort to re-establish both trust and reputation in the wake of accusations that Kaspersky Lab's operations were tied to the Russian government.

Kaspersky said more transparency centers are set to open in North America and Asia by 2020, but the company is not yet ready to disclose more details. The company recently announced that two key parts of its business - data storage and software assembly, will be moving to Zurich by the end of 2019. Through this initiative, the company promised to allow third parties to review the its source code and conduct independent reviews of its internal processes, as well as creating a trio of brick-and-mortar "transparency centers" to facilitate these reviews.

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As a result, the Trump administration banned government agencies and officials from using the Russian company's antivirus tools. This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one objective only: protecting the company's customers from cyberthreats.

In April, Twitter banned Kaspersky from advertising on its platform, citing USA allegations of ties between the company and Russian intelligence.

The Global Transparency Initiative emerged from this situation and is Kaspersky's "ongoing commitment to assuring the integrity and trustworthiness of its products".

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Users around the world voluntarily share information that is then aggregated in the vendor's threat intelligence cloud, Kaspersky Security Network.

First, our build systems - or "assembly line" - which work on the compilation and creation of Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule updates, will now be located in Zurich.

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. With this new set of measures, Kaspersky Lab aims to significantly improve the resilience of its IT infrastructure to any trust risk - even theoretical ones - and to increase its transparency to current and future clients, as well as to the general public.

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Dutch govt bans use of Kaspersky Lab products