DS Virgin Racing calls in Kaspersky Lab to stave off hackers

Published on: 17 Jul 2017

Kaspersky Lab has been tasked by DS Virgin Racing to protect the team’s devices from cyber threats.

The new multi-year partnership, which begins on the eve of the inaugural Formula E race in New York, will see the team working with Kaspersky Lab to design and implement its cybersecurity solutions to protect against known and unknown cyber threats. Kaspersky Lab’s branding will be prominent on the team’s DS Virgin Racing cars, garage area and driver overalls too.

Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, explained the motivation behind the deal.

“We’ve been looking at Formula E for some time now and feel it’s the logical next step for us in continuing to work with motorsport audiences,” he commented.

“The DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team is the obvious choice for us. Both grounded in technological innovation, we also share similar vision and passion in bringing that innovation both to our customers and the world.”

Kaspersky Lab believes the technical environment is the next frontier in continuing its research and development of new technologies to keep connected and autonomous vehicles secured against cyber threats.

Alexander Moiseev, CSO of Kaspersky Lab, made the announcement with Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson during DS Virgin Racing's Innovation Summit at Brooklyn’s New Lab facility.

He added: “The progress we’ve made in automotive cybersecurity is in part due to our presence in motorsport; we use it as a testing ground for new concepts and ideas, which we then use in developing our solutions for the industry.”

DS Virgin Racing went on to win the New York stage, with British racer Sam Bird clinching victory with a stunning drive from fourth on the grid.

Other Virgin Racing partners include Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Total and Citroen-owned DS Automobiles.