Kaspersky to move from Russian Federation to Switzerland after spying allegations


Kaspersky Lab has announced it will move the data it uses for Australian customers to Switzerland as it continues to respond to the "breakdown of trust" due to fears of Russian hacking.

The most important goal of our Global Transparency Initiative is to establish all reviewing processes in such a way that there will be no need to rely on our word alone about the integrity of our products, updates, detection rules, data storage, and things like that.

To improve transparency and integrity, the company said it is also looking for an independent third-party based in Switzerland to supervise its operations in order to assure customers that their data can not be compromised by the Russian state.

"In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners".

The information will instead now be stored on Kaspersky Lab's new data centre in Zurich, which was revealed back in March. "We believe these two qualities make Switzerland the flawless place to move part of our sensitive infrastructure".

Late previous year, the United States government signed legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab products within the USA government, amid concerns it was vulnerable to Russian government influence.

Kaspersky Lab has announced it will open a new data center in Switzerland to handle all data for customers in key markets like Europe, North America and Australia in a bid to improve transparency and rebuild trust following a challenging year for the company. It is common for companies with government contracts to allow the secure inspection of their code, to check for hidden backdoors, and that's what will also be on offer at Kaspersky's Zurich facility. "The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates US national security", the department said at the time.

Kaspersky Lab will relocate its "software build conveyer" to Zurich, a set of programming tools used to assemble ready-to-use software out of source code.

After announcing the relocation plans, the firm said it understands that "trust is not given" and that it "must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability".

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.

Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab said on Tuesday it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to Switzerland after being accused by Western authorities of helping the Russian government to spy on its users.