Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

UK National Security Authorities Banned from Using Kaspersky Lab Software

Theresa Hayes | 04 December, 2017, 12:11

"Russian Federation has the intent to target United Kingdom central Government and the UK's critical national infrastructure".

The letter, issued by Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, said it was being sent because "the issue of supply chain risk in cloud-based products, including anti-virus software, is receiving a lot of attention at the moment".

Following her warning, Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC, said Russian Federation had targeted British infrastructure, including power and telecoms.

Kaspersky's anti-virus software was banned from USA government networks earlier this year on concerns the company has close ties to intelligence agencies in Moscow and that its software could be used to enable Russian spying.

"We are in discussions with Kaspersky Lab. about whether we can develop a framework that we and others can independently verify", Mr Martin said in the letter, which was publicly released.

Kaspersky Lab said in a statement that it looked forward to working with the NCSC on the issue.

Reacting to that guidance, Kaspersky Lab said it appreciated the collaborative, risk management-based approach taken by the NCSC with regards to identifying and mitigating any potential information security risks involved in the sourcing of IT products.

"Whatever you do, don't panic", Levy said.

The British government according to reports will write through the National Cyber Security Centre informing all government departments warning against using the products for systems related to national security. "For example, we really don't want people doing things like ripping out Kaspersky software at large as it makes little sense".

Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of the company, told Sky News in October his company had a "strong relationship" with Russian cyber police but they never engaged in espionage activities.

The US has banned its use in the public sector, claiming that it poses a security risk.

"It's not true that the Russian state has access to the data".

Mr Kaspersky said that if he was ever asked by the Russian state to hand over data he would move his company out of the country.