DHS’ Michael Duffy Offers Updates on Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software’s Presence on Federal Networks

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An official with the Department of Homeland Security has said more than half of federal agencies had complied with the Oct. 13 deadline to identify whether they run Kaspersky Lab-developed anti-virus software on their computer networks, Nextgov reported Friday.

Michael Duffy, a DHS official, told reporters that of those compliant agencies, fewer than half reported their information systems use the Russian company’s anti-virus platform.

Duffy refused to disclose any specific percentage with regard to those that complied with the DHS deadline and those that discovered Kaspersky’s anti-virus tool in their data infrastructure.

DHS issued a binding operational directive in September that requires agencies to remove Kaspersky’s anti-virus software and related products from their information systems within 90 days due to potential security vulnerabilities and the company’s potential ties to the Russian government.

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