Published: Thu, December 14, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Trump Bans Kaspersky Security Products In US Gov't

Trump Bans Kaspersky Security Products In US Gov't

The president has just signed a defense policy spending bill into law, and it includes the government's ban on using the Moscow-based company's anti-virus product.

The ban applies to both civilian and military networks and follows an order earlier this year for official agencies to remove the antivirus software within 90 days.

For months, government officials have been clearing the Moscow-based cyber security company's products from the networks of United States federal agencies, a task that is now more-or-less completed.

The campaign against Kaspersky was spearheaded by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who said, "The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning".

"For the longest time, I stood by Kaspersky and supported them".

At a House hearing in November, a top DHS cybersecurity official said she has seen no decisive proof that Kaspersky Lab's security software had been exploited to breach federal government information systems.

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Kaspersky has been accused of allowing its anti-virus software to be used by Russian intelligence to exfiltrate information from the PCs of USA government officials, although little evidence has been presented to back-up such claims.

"Today's rapid pace of digital transformation is bringing more efficiency and flexibility to business operations, but it is also presenting new security challenges that put business agendas in danger", said said Alessio Aceti, head of enterprise business, Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky has repeatedly denied any links to the Kremlin and had even offered its source code for inspection.

"Instead, Congress singled out Kaspersky Lab based exclusively on the location of its headquarters, resulting in substantial and irreparable harm to the company, its USA -based employees, and its US -based business partners".

With cloud services enabling companies to take advantage of key technologies, it's no surprise that 78% of businesses are already using at least one Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based platform.

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