Kaspersky Secure OS vs China, Iran, North Korea Hackers?

Kaspersky Lab is developing a cyber secure operating system to combat state-sponsored hackers in China, Iran, North Korea and more. But when will CEO Eugene Kaspersky offer updates?

The VAR Guy

May 28, 2013

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Eugene Kaspersky has his eye on a cyber secure operating system project
Eugene Kaspersky has his eye on a cyber secure operating system project.

Chinese hackers have accessed US weapons designs. North Korea is becoming a hacking super power. Iran hackers are targeting US energy firms. Alas, Eugene Kaspersky was right: The world needs a secure operating system to protect industrial, financial, communications, transportation and government systems from state-sponsored espionage. But how soon will Kaspersky Lab’s cyber secure operating system arrive? And is it really a magic bullet solution for international cyber terrorism?

Hmmm… CEO Eugene Kaspersky provided plenty of clues about the so-called Kaspersky Cyber Secure Operating System back in October 2012.  But so far the security software company — best known for anti-virus and endpoint security offerings — has not offered an official launch date for its operating system design.

During a Kaspersky Lab conference in New York back in January 2013, The VAR Guy gathered these updates from CEO Eugene Kaspersky:

  • The company planned to test the cyber secure OS with at least one organization, perhaps a utility.

  • It wasn’t clear if or how an official productized offering would launch.

  • It was unclear whether Kaspersky Lab would open source the code — but the executive indicated that government partners would be allowed to view the source code so that they would be comfortable with the offering.

  • It sounds like the software will be hardware agnostic and easily portable from industrial systems to industry standard systems.

Still, the biggest question of all remains: As international hacking incidents generate more and more headlines, is Kaspersky Lab getting any closer to protecting customers from cyber espionage?

Memo to Eugene Kaspersky: Any update?

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