Kaspersky Lab opened a new research centre in the UK today, adding to the company's analytical facilities in Russia, the USA and China.
The company said that the new centre, located in its European headquarters in Paddington, London, ensures that “the cyber-crime landscape is monitored 24 hours a day”.
Kaspersky said it analyses over 325,000 new malware file each day, up 10,000 (3 percent) per day over last year.
“The launch of the new research centre reinforces our ongoing commitment to research and development,” said Nikita Shvetsov, chief technology officer at Kaspersky, adding that over one-third of its employees are R&D specialists.
Perhaps mindful of historic claims of Kaspersky Lab's links to the Russian security services, Shvetsov pledged that the company would detect and neutralise malicious programs, regardless of their origin, purpose or target.]
“The new research centre will provide another hub to continue this ongoing global fight against cyber-crime and provide customers and partners with the knowledge they need to anticipate the dangers that lie ahead in the coming years,” he said.
Alexander Moiseev, managing director, Europe, Kaspersky Lab, said the company was responding to the increasing globalisation of cyber-crime. “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 cyber-crime,” he said.
The company says that in the past 12 months, it has uncovered a number of advanced persistent threats (APTs), including CozyDuke (which targeted high profile entities including the White House), DarkHotel (an espionage campaign targeting C-suite executive's at luxury hotels), Carbanak, (malware used by a multinational cybercriminal gang to steal almost one billion American dollars from financial institutions) and Equation Group (a cyber-espionage campaign that targeted thousands of high-profile victims globally).