Kaspersky has opened a Transparency Centre in Malaysia, joining forces with CyberSecurity Malaysia in an Asia Pacific first for the security vendor.
Mirroring similar facilities in Zurich and Madrid, the centre will serve as a "trusted facility" for partners and government stakeholders to check the source code of Kaspersky solutions.
The new facility will also function as a briefing centre allowing guests to learn more about Kaspersky’s engineering and data processing practices, with the vendor’s third code review facility located in Cyberjaya, alongside key cyber-related government agencies and companies in the country.
“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 Center,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky.
“Here we intend to show customers and government stakeholders that our products are 100% trustworthy and ensure the highest level of cyber security protection. The launch also proves that the activities we planned under our pioneering Global Transparency Initiative remain on track.”
Following the launch, government regulators and enterprise customers of Kaspersky can request to review solutions and services including threat analysis, secure review and the application security testing process.
They can also review the source code of Kaspersky’s flagship consumer and enterprise solutions – Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS); Kaspersky Endpoint Security (KES), and Kaspersky Security Center (KSC), which is a console for the vendor's business products.
“We are excited to unlock the doors of this digital hub to let users experience the services and capabilities of Kaspersky’s cyber security technology here in our region,” added Stephan Neumeier, managing director of Asia Pacific, Kaspersky. “As a paradigm shift for the cyber security industry, this facility - the first in the region - will be located in Cyberjaya, all thanks to the kind cooperation of CyberSecurity Malaysia.
“We are grateful for their trust and commitment towards us as this third-party validation proves that private companies and public agencies can team-up to better protect users from cyber crime.”
The new centre is being opened as part of the vendor's Global Transparency Initiative, designed to address the growing demand from partners and government stakeholders for more information on how Kaspersky products and technologies work.
“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,” added Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia. “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 cyber security 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 cyber security industry.”
The centre will open for visitors early next year.