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Crime Stoppers Australia Partners With Kaspersky Lab Amid Spy Claims

Kaspersky has today issued a submission to the Australian government, urging regulators to not let its Russian roots influence product evaluation. The news comes as Australia’s Crime Stoppers announces a new partnership with Kaspersky Lab.

Reported earlier today, Kaspersky is opening a new Swiss data centre, and continues to reject allegations the Russian government uses its software to spy on customers.

Last year, several American and British government agencies removed Kaspersky products from their networks, citing national security concerns.

America’s Homeland Security has since banned using Kaspersky products.

Despite this, the Chief of Kaspersky Labs remains reportedly unphased, stating his company’s products weren’t extensively used by the US government in the first place.

Partnering with Crime Stoppers, Kaspersky Labs will provide online cyber-safety education to the Australian public.

Crime Stoppers assists Australia’s Police by allowing members of the public to report criminal information.

Peter Price, Crime Stoppers’ Director, states cybercrime reporting has jumped in the past two years, with 30% of reports now lodged online.

Mr Price claims the partnership will better enable the agency to combat cybercrime, as nearly 90% of offences occur internationally:

“Hence the importance for us to get on the front foot and do as much prevention education as possible”

“What better way than to collaborate with a business whose very nature in itself is stopping crime. We feel that Kasperksy Lab can have an impact in keeping Australians safe”.

In its submission to the Australian government, Kaspersky asserts the need for mutual third-party trust in the cybersecurity industry:

“‘Localising’ or ‘regionalising’ cybersecurity regulation does little to help Australian enterprises to gain a share of the global $93 billion information security market projected for 2018 by Gartner or the growing $22 billion market of industrial cybersecurity.”

“The breakthrough technologies driving this market – such as AI and machine learning – require access to large troves of historical threat data from across the globe to develop efficient threat detection and prediction models.”

“We strongly believe that cybersecurity industry needs to address the question of trust with more robust criteria than the geographic location of company’s headquarters – be it Melbourne or Moscow.”

According to ZDNet, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, Angus Taylor, affirms attribution is important, and action must be taken:

“You’re saying to that country, you’re calling out bad behaviour and these things can always escalate – making them accountable”

“Holding criminals and hostile governments to account… diplomats have to manage those issues very carefully because these things can escalate, but I am adamant we should attribute.”

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