Kaspersky announced the opening of its first Transparency Centre in Asia Pacific last Thursday, in partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia – Malaysia’s national cybersecurity specialist agency.
According to a media release, the new code review facility will be located in Cyberjaya, alongside key cyber-related government agencies and companies in the country.
The Transparency Centre in Malaysia is the cybersecurity company's third such facility. Like its counterparts in Zurich and Madrid, the new centre will serve as a trusted facility for Kaspersky’s partners and government stakeholders to check the source code of its solutions.
It will also function as a briefing centre where guests will be able to learn more about Kaspersky’s engineering and data processing practices.
Commenting on the opening, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky, said: "It’s great to be here in Kuala Lumpur – in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region – to announce the opening of our third Transparency Centre. Here we intend to show customers and government stakeholders that our products are 100% trustworthy and ensure the highest level of cybersecurity protection. The launch also proves that the activities we planned under our pioneering Global Transparency Initiative remain on track."
The new centre is being opened as part of the company’s Global Transparency Initiative which aims to address the growing demand from partners and government stakeholders for more information on how its products and technologies work. The centre will open for its first visitors early next year and access is available upon request.
Dato’ Ts. Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia said: "As the threat landscape continues to evolve in Malaysia and in the region, we believe that it is crucial for private companies such as Kaspersky and government agencies to build trust and mutual cooperation. Kaspersky’s willingness to open their doors and data processes further shows that they have nothing to hide. As a third-party entity, we also share their insights and concerns to make the cybersecurity industry better. We really hope that our partnership will be an example for more governments and private entities in exercising fairness and transparency for the benefit of our citizens and the cybersecurity industry."
Solutions and services that can be reviewed at the centre include threat analysis, secure review, and the application security testing process.
Stakeholders can also review the source code of Kaspersky's flagship consumer and enterprise solutions, all versions of Kaspersky’s builds and AV-database updates, as well the information the company processes. This includes data feeds from Kaspersky products that are sent to the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network (KSN).
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Photo caption: (L-R) Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky; Anton Shingarev, Vice President for Public Affairs at Kaspersky; Lieutenant Colonel Mustaffa Bin Ahmad (Retired), Senior Vice President for Outreach & Capacity Building at CyberSecurity Malaysia; Dato’ Ts. Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO at CyberSecurity Malaysia; Eugene Kaspersky, CEO at Kaspersky; and Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky