Kaspersky Security Software Gets Banned in US Government Offices
The United States Government has officially banned the user of Kaspersky software in Federal offices. The government believes that the Kaspersky has ties to Russian intelligence.
Elaine Duke, the Secretary of Homeland Security has announced that the decision effective from Wednesday. All the government offices are required to remove and replace Kaspersky's security software within 90 days. The US government is concerned about the Russian company's ties with the Russian intelligence and other government agencies.
The Secretary of Homeland Security thinks that Russian intelligence agencies can by law request or request Kaspersky to spy on the United States. The information collected and provided by Kaspersky products can compromise the federal security. The information and systems directly implicate a greater threat to the national security.
Kaspersky denies all the allegations, the company has been in business for over two decades. Kaspersky is selling its popular and highly regarded security software solutions around the world. More than 85% of its business is out of Russia including multiple governments. The company has repeatedly offered to present the software's source code to US officials for an audit.
Kaspersky was already aware of US government's move to shut its business. General Services Administration of US government issued an advisory against using Kaspersky software back in July this year. The decision was taken due to Russia's alleged interference in US presidential election.