DHS orders govt agencies to remove Russian software

16 Septembre, 2017, 01:20 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb
  • DHS Orders Feds to Ditch Software From Russia Linked Kaspersky Lab

In a binding directive issued by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, all federal departments and agencies have 30 days to identify any Kaspersky products in use on their networks.

Federal agencies have been ordered to stop using software made by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company's ties to Russian intelligence.

The U.S. government's ban of Kaspersky Lab software from its networks and computers this week comes as no surprise as it caps a long and slow stretch of scrutiny of the Russia-based security vendor.

In July, us authorities had already removed Kaspersky from two lists of approved suppliers of security software.

The company had denied the allegations even then and said it had not helped any government in the world with cyber-espionage efforts. Later that same month, the House Science, Space and Technology committee sent a letter asking cabinet agencies and departments for any records they have related to the purchase or use of Kaspersky Lab products. "Kaspersky Lab has always acknowledged that it provides appropriate products and services to governments around the world to protect those organizations from cyberthreats, but it does not have unethical ties or affiliations with any government, including Russian Federation".

Also of concern is the possible Association of employees of "Kaspersky Lab" with the Russian intelligence service and other agencies.

Kaspersky Lab, often rated as one of the most effective antivirus and malware protection vendors in the world, says the USA government offered no evidence of collusion between it and any government intelligence apparatus.

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In its statement Wednesday, DHS said it is "providing an opportunity for Kaspersky to submit a written response addressing the department's concerns or to mitigate those concerns".

The company's founder, Eugene Kaspersky, has worked for the Russian military and was educated at a KGB-sponsored technical college.

The DHS has asked Kaspersky to contact the agency and provide evidence that proves its innocence.

The company made the point that the majority of its revenue streams exist outside of Russian Federation, noting that unethical behaviour in collaboration with any government would be a disaster for its bottom line.

China had banned Kaspersky from Government contracts in 2014, however, it also banned Symantec in the same round and so may not be a reasonable comparison.

Ian Kilpatrick, EVP for cybersecurity at Kaspersky's United Kingdom and European distributor Nuvias, told CRN that he had experienced no reluctance from partners and customers to continue using Kaspersky products following the latest instalment of the saga. Imagine just how easy it is for any other country to exclude, for example, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Hitachi from governmental contracts based on allegations and speculations, without evidence saying "They're a potential threat...; we're very concerned about them [foreign software developers] and the security of our country!..."