After Kaspersky Lab was banned for use in US government offices due to the anti-virus’ alleged ties with the Russian government, the Dutch government said Monday it will phase out use of the antivirus software due to security concerns.

To help save face, Kaspersky Lab is moving a number of core processes from Russia to Switzerland. This includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates.

The firm says Switzerland base will be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland to ensure full transparency, integrity and trustworthiness of its products to address the growing challenges of industry fragmentation and a breakdown of trust.

Trust is essential in cybersecurity, and Kaspersky Lab understands that trust is not a given; it must be repeatedly earned through transparency and accountability. The new measures comprise the move of data storage and processing for a number of regions, the relocation of software assembly and the opening of the first Transparency Center.

According to Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, “In a rapidly changing industry such as ours we have to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients, stakeholders and partners. Transparency is one such need, and that is why we’ve decided to redesign our infrastructure and move our data processing facilities to Switzerland. We believe such action will become a global trend for cybersecurity, and that a policy of trust will catch on across the industry as a key basic requirement.”

By the end of 2019, Kaspersky Lab will have established a data center in Zurich to store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, with more countries to follow. This information is shared voluntarily by users with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) an advanced, cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data.

Kaspersky Lab will relocate to Zurich its ‘software build conveyer’ — a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software out of source code. Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (AV databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide. The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organisation and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit.

The source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates will be available for review by responsible stakeholders in a dedicated Transparency Center that will also be hosted in Switzerland and is expected to open this year. This approach will further show that generation after generation of Kaspersky Lab products were built and used for one purpose only: protecting the company’s customers from cyberthreats.

Kaspersky Lab is arranging for the data storage and processing, software assembly, and source code to be independently supervised by a third party and as well create a new, non-profit organisation to take on this responsibility.