MOSCOW, Russia — Russian computer security firm Kaspersky Lab is developing a secure operating system to protect vulnerable industrial control systems from cyber attacks and other threats, the company’s founder Eugene Kaspersky announced Tuesday.
Kaspersky said he hopes the new OS will help defend against cyberweapons such as Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame and Gauss.
Kaspersky said his company was able to create a secure OS despite the fact that Microsoft, Apple and the open source community have been unsuccessful at fully securing their respective operating systems.
“First: our system is highly tailored, developed for solving a specific narrow task, and not intended for playing Half-Life on, editing your vacation videos, or blathering on social media,” Kaspersky said. “Second: we’re working on methods of writing software which by design won’t be able to carry out any behind-the-scenes, undeclared activity. This is the important bit: the impossibility of executing third-party code, or of breaking into the system or running unauthorized applications on our OS; and this is both provable and testable.”