The openings mark the realization of major measures announced within the Global Transparency Initiative three years ago
By ; Mohamed El Khouly
Kaspersky is announcing the completion of major Global Transparency Initiative milestones by moving data storage and processing activities from Russia to Switzerland, and by opening the company’s fifth Transparency Center in North America. With the increased transparency, the company calls for collaborative efforts to enhance the security and integrity of modern software products.
It’s been three years since Kaspersky, a leading global cybersecurity company, announced its Global Transparency Initiative (GTI) to pioneer a new approach for the cybersecurity industry based on greater transparency and accountability. The aim was to engage the broader cybersecurity community and stakeholders in validating and verifying the trustworthiness of its products, internal processes, and business operations. As such, the company has provided the source code of its software for independent reviews, undertaken a number of third-party assessments including the SOC2 audit by a Big Four company, and has attained ISO27001 certification for its data services. Kaspersky has also moved its data processing infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland and today announced the successful completion of this transition.
The relocation of data processing and data storage, announced in November 2018, has been fully completed. In addition to Europe, the United States, and Canada, Kaspersky has also relocated data storage and processing for a number of Asia-Pacific countries. The list of Asia Pacific countries which have become the part of the GTI relocation plans includes Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The customer threat-related data shared by users who are based in these locations is now processed in two data centers in Zurich, Switzerland, and includes suspicious or previously unknown malicious files that the company’s products send to the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) for automated malware analysis.
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky: “Since we announced our Global Transparency Initiative with a number of bold steps, including data-processing and storage relocation, Kaspersky has not only reconfirmed its commitment to being a trusted partner, but anticipated expectations from the market and regulators. In the three years since the announcement we have seen the major transformation of approaches and regulations in data security. We see that investment in trust and transparency is gradually becoming an industry standard, and I am proud of our company for being among the transparency pioneers and trailblazers.”
Kaspersky announces the opening of its North American Transparency Center in partnership with the CyberNB Association in New Brunswick, Canada.
In line with commitments made at the start of GTI in October 2017, the company opens its Transparency Center in North America together with the CyberNB Association. CyberNB is a non-profit organization, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, that takes an ecosystem approach to improving cybersecurity outcomes through engagement and collaboration with private sector, government, academia, knowledge- and skills-building, and talent acquisition and workforce development stakeholders.
The facility will start operating in early 2021 and will become the company’s fifth location where Kaspersky partners will be provided with the opportunity to review its source code and to learn more about engineering and data-processing practices, as well as its product portfolio. Earlier in 2020, Transparency Centers in Sao Paulo and Kuala Lumpur became fully operational. Kaspersky has also relaunched its first Transparency Center in Zurich that has been relocated to the Interxion data center. Moving forward, the company will provide unique access to its customers and trusted partners to experience data security controls and to directly access the company’s data management practices for external review and examination.
“The work of our Global Transparency Initiative has been important in North America and we’re now accelerating our impact with the opening of a Transparency Center,” said Rob Cataldo, managing director, Kaspersky, North America. “Having a physical location in our region will open new doors for our customers, partners and interested stakeholders to experience all the center has to offer. We also look forward to working with CyberNB and further advocating for higher industry transparency standards through our partnership.”
“CyberNB is pleased that Kaspersky has joined our Critical Infrastructure Protection Network (CIPnet) and is excited to welcome the company to the Cyber Centre in early 2021,” said Tyson Johnson, CEO, CyberNB. “Kaspersky has demonstrated its commitment to transparency as a key component of customer trust, and we know the company will be actively involved with fellow CIPnet members on many important research and development initiatives going forward.”
Given the challenging travel and visitor restrictions, customers and partners now also have an opportunity to review the source code remotely. To request remote access to Kaspersky Transparency Centers, please follow this link.
Within its Global Transparency Initiative, the company has also achieved other developments, including improvements to its Cyber Capacity Building program announced earlier in May, and also its Bug Bounty program. To learn more, please read the company’s latest update here.
The Cyber Capacity Building Program, announced in May 2020, has been successfully launched alongside Vietnam’s Authority of Information Security (AI), which includes the country’s national CERT and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The Program has been extended to now include an additional section on code fuzzing conducted together with Kaspersky ICS CERT Team. In 2021, the Program will be available to business partners and other companies to enhance their readiness as well as to gauge the resilience of their systems and networks against supply chain risks. To request access, please follow this.
Product scope for Kaspersky’s Bug Bounty Program has been extended to include Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection. Researchers can now submit vulnerability reports relating to Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection, including third-party software modules that are a part of the VPN solution. Overall, since March 2018, 76 bugs have been resolved, and 37 reports rewarded with total bounties equating to $57,750.
Moving forward, Kaspersky will continue to work with the community to prioritize transparency and accountability, and to enhance the security of modern software products, to further build consumer trust. The company has already supported and worked with the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behavior in Cyberspace – the international conversation on security of digital products, led by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland and implemented by DiploFoundation. Our core belief is that through collaborative multi-stakeholder efforts we are able to enhance confidence and trust in technology. We can therefore ensure that the digital future – cyber-secure and cyber-resilient – is not a scary unknown, but a place with endless opportunities for growth and prosperity.