Kaspersky just announced that they have selected Malaysia as the site for their APAC Transparency Center!
Here is everything you need to know about the third Kaspersky Transparency Center, and why they chose Malaysia.
The Kaspersky Global Transparency Initiative
The Kaspersky Global Transparency Initiative began in October 2017, as a way to allay fears that Kaspersky Lab products and services had backdoors built-in.
It was really an extension of Eugene Kaspersky’s offer to show Kaspersky Lab source codes to the US government.
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Kaspersky Global Transparency Initiative APAC Update
The Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky, Stephan Neumeier, kicked off the launch with an update on the Kaspersky Global Transparency Initiative, with a focus on the APAC region.
- Started relocating customer data storage and processing infrastructure for European users from Russia to Zurich, Switzerland, to be completed by the end of 2019.
- Opened two Transparency Centers in Europe – in Zurich (November 2018) and Madrid (June 2019). The Spanish Center also serves as a briefing center for key company stakeholders.
- Successfully completed the Service Organization Control for Service Organizations (SOC 2) Type 1 audit. The final report, issued by one of the Big Four accounting firms, confirms that the development and release of Kaspersky’s threat detection rules databases (AV databases) are protected from unauthorised changes by strong security controls.
- Since announcing the Bug Bounty program’s extension, Kaspersky resolved 66 bugs reported by security researchers and awarded almost $45,000 in bounty rewards.
- Kaspersky also supports the io framework which provides Safe Harbor for vulnerability researchers concerned about potential negative legal consequences of their discoveries.
Why Kaspersky Selected Malaysia For The APAC Transparency Center
Kaspersky revealed that their APAC Transparency Center will be located in Cyberjaya, in partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia.
Cyberjaya was selected because of its central location and close proximity to many key Kaspersky clients in APAC, as well as other security- and infrastructure-related reasons.
What Is The Kaspersky APAC Transparency Center For?
The new Kaspersky APAC Transparency Center in Malaysia will serve as the third trusted code review facility, after Zurich and Madrid.
Government regulators and Kaspersky enterprise clients can request to come to the Kaspersky APAC Transparency Center to examine or review :
- source code of Kaspersky consumer and enterprise solutions, like Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS), Kaspersky Endpoint Security (KES) and Kaspersky Security Center (KSC)
- Kaspersky’s threat analysis, secure review and application security testing process
- all versions of Kaspersky software builds, and AV database updates
- data feeds that are sent by Kaspersky products to the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network (KSN)
It will also function as a briefing centre, where guests will be able to learn about Kaspersky’s engineering and data processing practises.
This new Kaspersky Transparency Center is slated to open for its first visitors in early 2020. Like the other Transparency Centers, access is available only upon request.
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