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Committed to providing its customers and partners with security assurance on its products and practices, Kaspersky has opened three additional Transparency Centers worldwide in Japan, Singapore, and the United States. These new facilities expand opportunities for customers and partners to learn more about Kaspersky’s engineering and data processing practices gives them the ability to review the company’s source code and other areas of the business.
IT technologies now contribute to almost every aspect of our lives, and the scope of data entrusted to them grows exponentially each year. This has turned data processing into the backbone of digitalized societies. As data generation continues to skyrocket worldwide, data processing volumes are following suit and increasing dramatically. Committed to ensuring that customers and partners are informed about how the company’s products work, the engineering and data management practices in place led Kaspersky to launch the Global Transparency Initiative (GTI) aimed at empowering company stakeholders with knowledge and giving them the confidence to trust Kaspersky.
One of the GTI's cornerstones included opening a global network of Transparency Centers, trusted facilities where customers and partners can review the company’s code, software updates, threat detection rules and other activities. No other cybersecurity provider has done anything as far-reaching as this. In opening these Transparency Centers, Kaspersky is taking a significant step towards becoming completely transparent in its protection technologies, infrastructure and data processing practices. Since the launch of the first center in 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland, Kaspersky has launched several more and now operates code review centers in Madrid, Spain, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and São Paulo, Brazil.
The newly opened Transparency Centers will welcome the company’s enterprise partners and customers, including state agencies and regulators, responsible for cybersecurity. Two additional facilities in in Tokyo and Singapore ensure the company’s greater proximity to stakeholders in this region. The new center in Woburn, MA in the United States will serve as a venue for the company’s North American Transparency Center, which was previously located in New Brunswick, Canada.
To make visits to Kaspersky’s Transparency Centers as rewarding as possible, the company offers several read-only review options based on visitors’ skills and their interests ranging from a general overview of Kaspersky’s security and transparency practices to a comprehensive review of Kaspersky’s source code under the guidance of the company’s experts.
Kaspersky provides its source code review solely for consultation purposes and follows the strictest access policy meaning a request for the source code review could be turned down in the event of security concerns. To ensure the integrity of its source code, Kaspersky provides read-only access to review its source code, which excludes the possibility of any modifications.
With the assistance of Kaspersky’s experts, visitors to the Transparency Centers can:
Since the opening of the first Transparency Center in 2018, the company has organized over 25 visits, with enterprise customers becoming the most frequent guests. Information about Kaspersky’s data management practices have received the most attention from visitors, while source code reviews happen occasionally, which could be explained by the existing need for cybersecurity capacities across organizations to properly approach product security evaluations. This, in particular, led to the launch of a dedicated Cyber Capacity Building Program (CCBP), by which Kaspersky experts aim to help a broader community worldwide learn practical tools and knowledge for such security assessments, and teach trainees about secure code review, code fuzzing and other.
“We are the first company in the cybersecurity industry to open our source code for external reviews,” saidAndrey Efremov, Kaspersky’s chief business development officer. “Kaspersky has been working hard to prove that we are a trustworthy and reliable partner. I would like to invite our potential and existing customers, and government regulators to our new Transparency centers and we will do our best to answer all possible questions about our source code, threat detection rules, software updates as well as about our engineering and data processing practices.”
Since 2017, Kaspersky has been implementing itsGlobal Transparency Initiative. Some of the latest GTI developments include relocating its cyberthreat-related data processing and storage for Kaspersky’s users in Latin America and the Middle East to Switzerland, re-certification ofKaspersky’s data services by the independent certification body TÜV AUSTRIA and the launch of the digital version of the “Cyber Capacity Building Program” that aims to help organizations worldwide develop practical tools and knowledge for security assessments.
A list of Kaspersky’s latest GTI updates are available here.
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 240,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at usa.kaspersky.com.