The Department of Homeland Security issued a binding operational directive (BOD) to government agencies on Tuesday ordering federal departments to remove antivirus and software supplied by AO Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity software developer. The BOD requires government departments to identify the use of Kaspersky Lab software on government computers within 30-days, to develop a plan to address the removal of the product within 60-days, and to implement the removal of the software from government computers within 90-days.

In issuing its directive, the DHS suggested ties between “certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence” and stated the software can “be exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems.”

Kaspersky Lab has an estimated 400 million users world wide.



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