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Kaspersky Lab Ditches ‘Toxic Media Environment,’ Focuses On Transparency

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… Kaspersky’s source code for products, services and software, she said.

“We understand there’s been a lot of skepticism,” she said. “The global geopolitical climate is so hot. There’s a general lack of trust when it comes to IT right now. You’re seeing that in a number of countries. So some are saying we’re only going to source from companies in my country. That doesn’t really make a lot of sense … because software is a global business. Doesn’t really give you a sense of security, but that’s where much of the world is going.”

Kaspersky has completed initial discussions with various government agencies globally, and increased bug-bounty awards, Hairston said. It’s in the process of establishing the first transparency center in Europe, redesigning its back-end R&D infrastructure, and other initiative measures, she said.

“We want people who are suspicious to look at our code,” she said. “We’ve made the offer for the U.S. government to look at our source code and they haven’t taken us up on it.”

Alessio Aceti, Kaspersky’s vice president of new business, said his company continues to invest in R&D and has developed an advanced cybersecurity portfolio that features a comprehensive set of next-generation solutions. It also is focusing on automotive, blockchain, digital identity, smart devices and connected everything.

Kaspersky provides industrial cybersecurity targeting oil and gas, energy, continuous production, chemistry and metallurgy, he said. Protection of industrial systems is increasingly important because of growing connectivity to corporate networks, he said.

Kaspersky’s industrial cybersecurity includes both software and services.

“During 2017, every one of three industrial nodes faced cyberattack,” Aceti said.

Kaspersky’s cloud-based fraud prevention includes advanced authentication and automated fraud analytics. It’s geared toward businesses with digital channels: finance, loyalty and bonus programs, government, gambling and gaming, health care and e-commerce.

In terms of transportation, Kaspersky is focused on securing connected vehicles, Aceti said. Cybercriminals are targeting smart vehicles to know the location of, and spy on drivers and monitor their habits, he said.

Kaspersky plans to introduce threat deception; seven customers are testing it now, he said. The company wants partners to become involved in product testing, he said.

Jim Grant, president of JBK Network Consulting, said Kaspersky has always been “very innovative, sort of ahead of the game on most of the problem protection that we need in the reseller community.”

“I had no idea that …

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