The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has directed federal agencies to end their use of Kaspersky software amid concerns over the company's ties to the Russian government, The Washington Post reports. Agencies will have 30 days to "identify any presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems," 60 days to develop plans to remove and discontinue use of the products, and 90 days to implement said plans.
BREAKING: DHS directs federal agencies to identify any use of Kaspersky software and prepare to stop using it. pic.twitter.com/kNcSIelPr5BREAKING: DHS directs federal agencies to identify any use of Kaspersky software and prepare to stop using it. pic.twitter.com/kNcSIelPr5— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) September 13, 2017September 13, 2017
This follows increasing scrutiny Kaspersky products have faced in recent months amid heightened concerns around potential Russian-borne cyber threats. The DHS directive states:
For its part, Kaspersky has denied any nefarious ties to the Russian government, but a Bloomberg report from July alleged that the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm had been working with Russian intelligence. In recent months, U.S. government officials have also drafted legislation that would ban Kaspersky software on government machines. The uncertainty surrounding Kaspersky products also caused Best Buy to pull its software from shelves this past week.
DHS says that Kaspersky will have an opportunity to submit a written response to address or attempt to mitigate the department's concerns.
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