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Kaspersky Lab will shift infrastructure to Switzerland for customers outside of Russian Federation

Kaspersky Lab will shift infrastructure to Switzerland for customers outside of Russian Federation

Kaspersky Lab is to relocate its core infrastructure to Switzerland as part of its transparency initiative. The Swiss capital will also be the new site for the company's software assembly, and a new Transparency Centre aimed at dispelling fears that Kaspersky Lab software is being used for surveillance. The UK's cyber security chief has warned the government against using Kaspersky and Twitter has banned the company for advertising on the social media platform.

The allegations that surfaced past year suggested Kaspersky had built backdoors into its security software, enabling Russian intelligence agencies to spy on the U.S. Following an audit, it was found that around 15 percent of U.S. agencies had traces of Kaspersky Lab software on their machines, leading President Donald Trump to ban use of Kaspersky Lab software within the U.S. government.

By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab hopes to have moved the infrastructure used for United States customer data storage and processing to Zurich.

Kaspersky Lab hoping to have the transition completed by the end of next year. The US Senate passed a bill last September banning Kaspersky software from US computers, while the Department of Homeland Security ordered all agencies to remove the software from their computers.

"Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability", the company said. The opening of a new data center in Zurich is the latest stage in this plan, and will apparently see a number of "core processes" moved from Russian Federation. This supervision appears to extend beyond the move and into Kaspersky's future.

The company said in a statement: "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".

"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. That way, our software will be compiled and signed in Switzerland under the supervision of a third-party organization before being distributed to customers.

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