Kaspersky opens first European Research Centre in UK

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Kaspersky lab on Tuesday announced it has opened its first European Research Centre in the UK.

The research centre will be based at Kaspersky’s headquarters in Paddington, London and will provide both customers and partners with actionable and unique insight from Kaspersky Lab experts, both in the UK and Europe. Kaspersky already has research hubs in Russia, the US and China.

The security firm claims that the launch of the new centre will ensure that ‘the cybercrime landscape is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days per week, keeping customers informed of the latest threats as early as possible.’

Kaspersky noted that it analyses over 325,000 new malware file each day, up 10,000 (3 per cent) per day over last year.

Researchers based in the new centre will include members of Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) as well as the wider anti-malware team, who will work closely with other staff members across the globe to help the company provide 24/7 threat monitoring services.

Commenting on the launch, Nikita Shvetsov, chief technology officer, Kaspersky Lab, said “The launch of the new research centre reinforces our ongoing commitment to research and development (R&D).We have made it our goal to ensure that customers are provided with access to timely information as and when they need it, as a result threat intelligence is the backbone of what we do. It’s in our DNA and is an integral part of our strategy.”

Alexander Moiseev, managing director, Europe, Kaspersky Lab, commented “The fight against cybercrime is now a global issue. Security has no borders, so it is vital that we have research hubs in all major regions worldwide.

“The new European research is another significant step in internationalisation strategy and our ongoing battle against cybercrime. In an era when cyber threats are increasing both in volume and sophistication, timely access to information is central to maintaining effective protection of data and networks.”

The security firm also recently announced a cooperative effort with Swedish bio-hacking community BioNyfiken, to understand and analyze the risks of connecting our bodies to the Internet.

Kaspersky researchers have uncovered a number of advanced persistent threats (APTs) earlier this year, including the CozyDuke, Desert Falcons and Carbanak.