Kaspersky Lab announces a brand-new OS focused on security

Now being written from scratch, this new software will be used in place of Windows to protect industrial control systems.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Security, Kaspersky Lab

The past two years or so have brought a new breed of scary malware to the forefront of public attention, including the infamous Stuxnet worm that was discovered back in 2010.

Following hard on Stuxnet's proverbial heels, of course, were Duqu, Flame, Gauss, Shamoon, and Wiper, to name just a few examples.

These new threats are generally thought to be state-sponsored in many cases and developed for cyberespionage against specific targets; another factor in common is that they tend to work through Microsoft Windows.

It's long been known that Linux offers numerous security advantages over both Windows and Macs, of course, but security research firm Kaspersky Lab--which played a key role in identifying many of these frightening pieces of malware--apparently has other ideas.

Specifically, the company announced on Tuesday that it's developing--from scratch--a brand-new, security-focused operating system of its own.

'Relegated to second place'

"We're developing a secure operating system for protecting key information systems (industrial control systems (ICS)) used in industry/infrastructure," wrote Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, in a blog post on Tuesday.


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