Kaspersky Security Software of Russia to be banned in the United States

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Use of Kaspersky Security Software in government agencies of United States will now on be banned as per a new law formulated by House Science Committee. And according to the details available to our Cybersecurity Insiders, usage of the said security software has already been restricted in 22 US government agencies which include General Services Administration(GSA) of United States.

Since Kaspersky Labs is headquartered in Russia, the US Federal Government thinks that the security software has the potential to leak critical info to remote servers located in Russia.

Note 1- An investigation on this issue has been handed over to FBI and is in progress.

The idea to ban Kaspersky Security software in all government agencies of United States was taken by the Congress which is reviewing the possible security implications of using the software for government infrastructure.

The Senate has drafted a bill of the 2018 National Defense Acquisition Authorization known as NDAA and it specifies that the use of Kaspersky products in US Military agencies is strictly prohibited from early 2018.

Note 2 – There is no demonstrable evidence that Kaspersky leaks info from the computers it is loaded onto to Russian authorities. Nor there is evidence that Russian government made Kaspersky install a backdoor on security software it ships to the United States.

Note 3- So, the ban is being implemented based on the theory that Russia based companies could prove as a potential cyber threat to firms operating in the United States.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security