Russian Security Firm Kaspersky has announced its own Secure OS, after 14 years of developing it. Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab made the mention in a blog post introducing company’s layer 3 switch powered by Kaspersky OS.
Kaspersky believes the OS will be “ideal for applications where a small, optimized and secure platform is required” — particularly when it comes to Internet of Things.
The operating system boasts several distinctive features. Let me run through the main ones briefly…
- First, it’s based on microkernel architecture, which allows to assemble ‘from blocks’ different modifications of the operating system depending on a customer’s specific requirements.
- Second, there’s its built-in security system, which controls the behavior of applications and the OS’s modules. In order to hack this platform a cyber-baddie would need to break the digital signature, which – any time before the introduction of quantum computers – would be exorbitantly expensive.
- Third, everything has been built from scratch. Anticipating your questions: not even the slightest smell of Linux. All the popular operating systems aren’t designed with security in mind, so it’s simpler and safer to start from the ground up and do everything correctly. Which is just what we did.
The CEO wrote that November 11 is of course easy to remember as it’s 11-11 being the birthday of Kaspersky’s big, ambitious project. Indeed, within the company the project is known simply as ’11-11′.
“The very first meeting held regarding this project took place 14 (fourteen!) years ago almost to the day – on November 11! Not that we’ve been diligently coding and testing since then; in that amount of time with sufficient resources you could see several projects through to the end and update and improve them all several times over!” Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab