(English) Russia-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky, on Thursday, announced the opening of its first Transparency Centre in the Malaysian town of Cyberjaya, in partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia, the nation’s cybersecurity specialist agency. The new centre of Kaspersky, which is known globally for its anti-virus software, is its first in the Asia Pacific region.
Announcing the opening of the centre, company CEO Eugene Kaspersky said the way forward globally was to move from cyber security to cyber immunity, meaning that the cost of an attack should be more than the damage it causes (to the attacker, as a deterrent), and added that a whole set of measures need to be undertaken to avoid such attacks. “It is now time to change our mind,” he said at the event in Cyberjaya.
In a presentation, Eugene Kaspersky showed that ‘general malware’ today comprises 99.9% of cyber-attacks, pointing out that from 50 new viruses being detected in a day in 1998, Kaspersky now detects about 3,80,000 new ones in a single day. “In the 2.5 days I have been here (in Malaysia), about one million new ones have been detected,” he added.
Apart from Eugene Kaspersky, Stephan Neumeier, managing director, Asia Pacific (Kaspersky) and Dr. Haji Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, CEP, CyberSecurity Malaysia, were also present at the event. Answering questions from the media, Neumeier said Kaspersky was looking at India for future operations, and that the company was also considering India, one among many, to set up its new Transparency Centre.
“In the near future, India is definitely in the planning, just not at this point of time. We wanted to choose a more central place for our first centre (in the Asia Pacific region. Kaspersky has two centres in Europe),” Neumeier informed.
Anton Shingarev, vice-president, public affairs, Kaspersky, also pointed out that when something goes wrong (cyber-attack), questions arise as to who will take care of financial risks and also of political risks now. “So the question is how to overcome that and geopolitics. “If you put it all together, it comes down to two main concerns of software and data integrity,” he explained.
Shingarev added that Kaspersky has two Transparency Centres in Europe and one Asia-Pacific, and that the company is open to setting up another one if there is demand for it. Taking a question on India and how to prevent cyber-attacks in countries with large populations, Eugene Kaspersky said the only way to prevent it was by educating people.
“The second thing to do is to use good security for both your internet and smart phones,” Eugene Kaspersky said. The company’s latest Transparency Centre is part of Kaspersky’s Global Transparency Initiative. Under the same, Kaspersky has also been developing the Big Bounty Program, through which it has resolved 66 bugs reported by security researchers and awarded almost $45,000 in bounty rewards, said a press release from the cybersecurity company.
Kaspersky, one of the largest anti-virus and internet security providers globally, was founded in 1997 by its CEO.