Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO and chairman of Kaspersky has revealed that the company will be opening their code to an independent review and they will be opening a number of “transparency centers” in order to try and mend its broken reputation. The company has been accused of either being complicit with or the victim of Russian agencies who have used their end-point security software as a way of injecting spyware onto computers.
According to a blog post, the company will make their code available to an independent reviewer early next year, they will open internal processes to independent scrutiny, open “transparency centers” so their source code and other aspects of their operation can be reviewed, and they’ll increase bug bounty payouts to encourage further review.
Although most of the changes won’t take effect till next year it’s a sign the company isn’t throwing in the towel following some damning accusations.
As I’ve said before, the company is in real trouble regardless of the outcomes of any investigation. The commercial damage it has already suffered is significant and its reputation has taken a beating.
But, I hope the company can recover. The market would be poorer if a major player, like Kaspersky, was lost.