Dutch ditch Kaspersky on fears of Russian government influence

Kaspersky Lab to open customer data centre in Switzerland by 2020

Dutch ditch Kaspersky on fears of Russian government influence

"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.

Kaspersky Lab's user data should be moved to Zurich, Switzerland by the end of 2019.

In fact, its Global Transparency Initiative was announced in October previous year in response to the allegations. 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.

Next year, it is looking to build its first transparency centre in Zurich, where it will store and process data for users based not just in Europe, but also North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

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In related news, the Dutch government said yesterday it will phase out Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software.

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

The move from Russian Federation comes months after the USA's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an order that banned Kaspersky Lab products from being used by federal agencies.

Kaspersky, for its part, has repeatedly denied any involvement with the Russian government and in a bid to clear its name has offered up its source code, suggested testifying in front of congress and is even taking the United States government to court to have its side of the story heard.

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Kaspersky Lab has announced it is moving a number of its core processes out of Russian Federation and in to Switzerland as it looks to be more transparent.

The DHS believed that Kaspersky Lab products contained security holes and that exploiting the software to gain access to federal networks was trivial at best.

The agency was also concerned that the security firms ties to the Russian government and laws in the country put sensitive data at risk.

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".

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Kaspersky's "software build conveyer" is a set of programming tools used to assemble ready-to-use software from source code.

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