Kaspersky Lab has opened a London research centre designed to monitor and address the growing boom in global cybercrime threat levels.
The Paddington centre is the firm's first European research hub and expands Kaspersky's existing bases in Russia, the US and China.
The facility is designed to help Kaspersky provide 24/7 threat monitoring services, and will house three UK members of Kaspersky's Global Research and Analysis Team and the firm's general anti-malware team.
Kaspersky chief technology officer Nikita Shvetsov explained that the hub will help the firm spot and mitigate emerging threats more rapidly.
"We're determined to detect and neutralise all forms of malicious program, regardless of their origin, purpose or target, whether that be governments, organisations, consumers or critical infrastructure," he said.
"The new research centre will provide another hub to continue this ongoing global fight against cybercrime and provide customers and partners with the knowledge they need to anticipate the dangers that lie ahead in the coming years."
The inauguration follows several advanced threats discovered by Kaspersky researchers earlier this year, including the CozyDuke, Desert Falcons and Carbanak campaigns.
CozyDuke is an advanced persistent threat campaign that targeted government departments, including the White House and US Department of State, with malicious 'funny monkey' videos.
Carbanak is a financially focused threat campaign believed to have stolen over $1bn from 100 banks in more than 30 regions before being discovered.
Desert Falcons is a hacker group known to have targeted numerous Middle Eastern government departments using specialist phishing messages.
The centre's opening expands the firm's existing footprint in the UK. Kaspersky opened a sales and business-focused office in Paddington in January 2014.
Chief executive Eugene Kaspersky told V3 at the time that he planned to keep the majority of research work in Russia as "the most talented people are there".
The hub's opening follows work by the UK government to set the nation up as a centre for security research and development.
The government launched a Cyber First recruitment drive in March to help grow the UK's security industry.
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