U.S. President Donald Trump brought into effect a new law that bans Kaspersky Lab in U.S. government offices. The law is not only applicable to civilians but also military networks.
The Trump administration issued a directive in September to abolish the use of Kaspersky Lab software from government offices within 90 days. This ban is a part of a comprehensive defense policy spending bill.
Jeanne Shaheen, Democratic Senator, said “The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue.”
She added the software is a “grave risk” for the national security of the U.S.
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky, denied any ties with the Russian government or intelligence. He added that the company would not support the government with counter espionage. The company has expressed its willingness to submit a source code and future updates for the analysis of independent parties.
Commenting on the law, Kaspersky Lab said it has “serious concerns” about the law “due to its geographic-specific approach to cybersecurity.” Moreover, it would analyze options and would “protect its customers from cyber threats (while) collaborating globally with the IT security community to fight cybercrime.”
Christopher Krebs, a senior cyber security official at the Department of Homeland Security, said that Kaspersky products have been removed from networks of nearly all government offices to comply with the September order.
He added that there was no information in Kaspersky officials’ responses on the ban that would help to change the administration’s assessment.
U.S. officials welcomed the step, but expressed concerns over its ineffectiveness.