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Kaspersky Lab opens first transparency centre in Zurich Featured

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Eugene Kaspersky inside the data centre in Zurich. Eugene Kaspersky inside the data centre in Zurich. Supplied

Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab has opened its first data processing unit and transparency centre in Zurich and has announced that from 13 November, all malicious and suspicious content encountered by users of its products in Europe will be processed in the Swiss city.

In a statement, the company said the change on data processing location was part of a major infrastructure move to both increase the resilience of the same and also to put paid to accusations against the trustworthiness of its products, services and internal processes.

The decision to open the transparency centre was announced in May. Kaspersky's software was banned from use by US public sector agencies last year, following reports that Russia had exploited its software to spy on customers and obtain malware created by the NSA.

In a blog post to mark the occasion, chief executive Eugene Kaspersky made reference to the allegations that had been made against the company, saying that when people took facts into account, the allegations did not hold up.

"...a year ago, the largest research company in the world, Gartner, launched a new research project — Gartner Peer Insights — to study users’ levels of trust in brands. Really simple, but no less useful for it: the opinions of corporate customers are gathered, with Gartner’s analysts vetting the process to make sure there’s no vendor bias, no hidden agendas, no trolling. Basically, you get transparency and authenticity straight from the folks that matter," he wrote.

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Eugene Kaspersky with chief business officer Alexander Moiseev.

"Last year, thanks to the feedback from corporate customers, we earned the project’s highest award! This year’s results aren’t all in yet, but you can see for yourself the number of customers that wanted to tell Gartner about their experience of us and give their overall ratings, and leave positive reviews. Crucially, you can see it’s not a ‘review factory’ at work: they’re confirmed companies of different sizes, profiles, geography and calibre."

Kaspersky Lab's ANZ general manager Margrith Appleby said: "Privacy is a fundamental right for all businesses and consumers. Kaspersky Lab is a company that sits high on its values of fair dealing, customer protection and public safety.

"Our first transparency centre is a program designed to build better trust in information security and we are proud to be leading this global initiative."

Photos: courtesy Kaspersky Lab

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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