US Law Bans Kaspersky Security Products From Government Systems

Trump signs bill banning Kaspersky from US government systems

Trump signs bill banning Kaspersky from US government systems

President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the usa government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. "I don't know what Kaspersky is going to do".

On Tuesday, Christopher Krebs, a senior cyber security official at the Department of Homeland Security, told reporters that almost all government agencies had fully removed Kaspersky products from their networks in compliance with the September order. She called the company's software a "grave risk'" to US national security. Senator Shaheen's broad legislation stipulates that Kaspersky Lab products, or any affiliated products and services, be banned from all federal computers and connected networks. In a statement, the company said that it "has serious concerns" about the law because of it "geographic-specific approach to cybersecurity". "Kaspersky Lab is assessing whether any further action is appropriate to protect its interests".

There have always been concerns that the Moscow-based security firm has links to the Russian government, although this is something the company strongly denies.

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One of them shows that in April 2015, an FSB agent inside the office of Kaspersky Lab in Moscow gave a company technician a password for a suspected Russian cyber criminal's computer.

The distrust - at least publicly - that the USA shows for Russian Federation is well-known.

As a result of the allegations, the partner gradually began shifting customers away from Kaspersky and toward ESET for endpoint security. I applaud the work of the members of both parties who came together to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support - something that sounds very nice to my ears.

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