Office Tour - Picture of Eugene Kaspersky and H.E the Vice Minister of MCIT, Engineer Haitham Al-Ohali in our KSA office. Image courtesy: Kaspersky

His Excellency the Vice Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Engineer Haitham bin Abdul Rahman Al-Ohali, officially opened the “Kaspersky Transparency Center” today in the presence of representatives from the Ministry, the company, and several experts from the technology sector. It is the first facility of its kind in the Middle East. The launch is a crucial component of Kaspersky’s Global Transparency Initiative, the company’s flagship initiative aimed at fostering trust and ensuring the reliability of its products and procedures.

Kaspersky selected Riyadh as the venue for its first Transparency Center in the Middle East to closely align with the goals of “Saudi Vision 2030”. The vision aims to promote the Kingdom’s position as the hub for technology and innovation and has transformed the country into a destination to attracts international companies to establish their regional headquarters in Riyadh.

The source code of each Kaspersky on-premise solution is available for study by visitors to the Transparency Center in Riyadh. The entire evaluation procedure is based on technicality and uses the “piste” skiing color codes of “blue,” “red,” and “black.” “Blue piste” provides a broad overview of the data management practices and security development processes used by Kaspersky in the creation of its products and services. With the help of the company’s experts, “Red piste” enables a study of the most important parts of the source code and offers a focused inspection of a certain functionality. With the assistance of Kaspersky’s experts, “Black Piste” enables users to perform the most thorough source code review.

Commenting on the company’s further developments in the region, Eugene Kaspersky, Founder and CEO of Kaspersky, noted:

“This year we celebrate the five-year anniversary of our Global Transparency Initiative. As true pioneers in advancing digital trust, we are pleased to celebrate the arrival of this initiative in the Middle East region, which is witnessing rapid digital transformation. In order to enhance our partners’ confidence in the services we provide to them, we are pleased to welcome them to the newly opened Transparency Center in Riyadh to answer any questions about the nature of our work and our solutions.”