Kaspersky is one of the world’s biggest anti-virus and internet security companies, but in a world where global politics play out at every level of consumer interaction there’s an urgent need to show a clear separation between government and business – nowhere more so than China and Russia.
In the USA the magnifying glass is out and taking a close look at Kaspersky products, with rumours and reports that their software is in some way monitoring its users. This all comes amid the Trump and Russia scandal hanging over US politics and it creates an air of concern among users who are just looking to keep their computers safe.
For the record, Kaspersky founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky has flatly denied any spying allegations and today in a move aimed squarely at these global concerns – without specifically mentioning it – Kaspersky announced they are moving their data centres and software processing to Switzerland!
This Lab in Zurich – described as a “software build conveyer” will oversee the creation of cybersecurity products and their updates to antivirus databases.
There’s an independent third party coming in to monitor things, plus a whole bunch of companies taking part in the setup.
All labeled a “Global Transparency Initiative” and it’s to be congratulated.
Commenting on the process move and transparency center opening, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners. Transparency is one such need, and that is why we’ve decided to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland. 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.”