Elaine Duke, acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, has released a binding operational directive that requires federal agencies to discontinue the use of AO Kaspersky Labâs anti-virus platforms and related products on their information systems within 90 days.
DHS said Wednesday the measure seeks to protect federal data systems from security vulnerabilities associated with the use of Kasperskyâs anti-virus software.
The department has expressed concerns about the potential ties of Moscow-based Kaspersky to the Russian government that could exploit the companyâs products to compromise federal data infrastructure.
âDHS is providing an opportunity for Kaspersky to submit a written response addressing the departmentâs concerns or to mitigate those concerns,â the agency added.
DHS issued the directive nearly three months after the Senate Armed Services Committee approved its fiscal 2018 defense policy bill that would banÂ Kaspersky’s anti-virus software fromÂ Defense DepartmentÂ systems.