Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has opened three new transparency centers, one in Japan, the second in Singapore and the third in the United States.
According to Kaspersky, computing technologies now contribute to nearly every aspect of our lives, and the scope of data entrusted to them is growing exponentially every year. It says that data processing has become the backbone of digitized societies, and as data generation continues to soar all over the world, data processing volumes are following suit.
As a result, Kaspersky launched its Global Transparency Initiative (GTI), aimed at giving business stakeholders the knowledge and the confidence to trust Kaspersky.
One of the cornerstones of the GTI included opening a global network of trusted Transparency Center facilities where customers and partners can review company code, software updates, threat detection and other activities.
According to Kaspersky, by opening these transparency centers, the company is taking an important step towards becoming fully transparent in its protection technologies, infrastructure and data processing practices.
The company launched its first center in 2018 in Zurich (Switzerland) and now operates code review centers in Madrid (Spain), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and São Paulo (Brazil).
Kaspersky says the newly opened Transparency Centers will welcome partner companies and corporate customers, including state agencies and regulators responsible for cybersecurity.
It says two additional APAC facilities in Tokyo and Singapore ensure the company’s greater proximity to stakeholders in that region, while the center in Woburn, MA, USA, will serve as the new location. for the company’s North American Transparency Center, which was located in New Brunswick, Canada.
Kaspersky says visitors to its centers are the most interested in its data management practices, while source code reviews only happen occasionally.
The company says this could be due to the need for cybersecurity capabilities in organizations to properly address product security assessments.
This has notably led to the launch of a dedicated Cybersecurity Capacity Building Program (CCBP), through which Kaspersky experts aim to help a wider community around the world acquire tools and practical knowledge to such security assessments and teaching trainees secure code review, code fuzzing, and the like.
Andrey Efremov, director of business development at Kaspersky, said it was the first company in the cybersecurity industry to open its source code to external scrutiny.
“Kaspersky has worked hard to prove that we are a trustworthy and reliable partner,” he says.
“I would like to invite our potential and existing customers, as well as government regulators to our new Transparency Centers and we will answer any possible questions about our source code, threat detection rules, software updates as well as our engineering and data processing practices.”