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Avoid using anti-virus software linked to Russian Federation, warns cybersecurity expert

Avoid using anti-virus software linked to Russian Federation, warns cybersecurity expert

He went on to specifically call out Russia, noting that the country is a "highly capable cyber threat actor which uses cyber as a tool of statecraft", and that in instances where government agencies have information that would pose a threat to national security should it be accessed by Russian agents, antivirus products from Russian companies should not be used.

Cyber security concerns intensified after Theresa May accused Putin of meddling in the 2016 United States election and dividing western democracies with targeted trolling on social media.

A guidance note published last Friday and distributed to permanent secretaries of government departments, addressed "The issue of supply chain risk in cloud-based products, including anti-virus (AV) software" and explained "how departments should approach the issue of foreign ownership of AV suppliers".

The NCSC is in talks with Kaspersky Lab, which is the largest Russian tech firm in the United Kingdom, in order to establish checks that would prevent United Kingdom data being leaked.

Kaspersky Lab, the largest Russian player in the United Kingdom, is understood to be in talks with the NCSC over the national security fears.

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In a letter to senior civil servants, Martin said that there are "obvious risks around foreign ownership" of security software, describing Russian Federation as a "highly capable cyber threat actor" with a history of using cyberspace for "espionage, disruption and influence operations".

But Mr Martin did add the main threat to the United Kingdom was likely to come from cyber criminals rather than the Russian state.

Despite accusations of links to the Russian government, Kaspersky strongly denies any such ties.

"To that end, we advise that where it is assessed that access to the information by the Russian state would be a risk to national security, a Russia-based AV company should not be chosen", Martin wrote.

"Even though this new guidance isn't directed at members of the public, we have taken the decision to withdraw the offer of Kaspersky software from our customer website", it said in a statement. He goes on to note that "there's nearly no installed base of Kaspersky AV in central government", and that beyond that small existing number, "we see no compelling case at present to extend", to the general public.


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