By Daniel Hunter

Cyber security experts Kaspersky Lab has unveiled the opening of its first European Research Centre in the UK.

Based within the company’s European Headquarters in Paddington, the research centre will provide both customers and partners with actionable and unique insight from Kaspersky Lab experts, both in the UK and Europe.

The security giant's research experts analyse over 325,000 new malware files each day, an increase of 10,000 per day from 2014.

The new research centre will be a UK home to those on the frontline of the ongoing battle against cyberthreats, including the UK members of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), as well as the wider anti-malware team. Researchers at the European centre will work closely with colleagues in other Kaspersky Lab hubs across the globe to share insight and understanding of the latest malicious threats affecting organisations and individuals every second of every day, providing organisations with the actionable intelligence they need to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

Nikita Shvetsov, chief technology officer at Kaspersky Lab said: “The launch of the new research centre reinforces our ongoing commitment to research and development (R&D). We have made it our goal to ensure that customers are provided with access to timely information as and when they need it, as a result threat intelligence is the backbone of what we do. It’s in our DNA and is an integral part of our strategy. Over one third of our employees are R&D specialists, while our Global Research and Analysis team leads the world in the analysis and containment of major international cyber-espionage campaigns.

“We’re determined to detect and neutralise all forms of malicious programs, regardless of their origin, purpose or target; whether that be governments, organisations, consumers or critical infrastructure. 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. ”

Alexander Moiseev, managing director, Europe, Kaspersky Lab added: “The fight against cybercrime is now a global issue. Security has no borders, so it is vital that we have research hubs in all major regions worldwide. The new European research is another significant step in internationalisation strategy and our ongoing battle against cybercrime. In an era when cyber threats are increasing both in volume and sophistication, timely access to information is central to maintaining effective protection of data and networks.”