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Is the Paranoia About Kaspersky Lab Products Justified?

In late March 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) placed cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab on the list of organization it deems a potential threat to the United States. This is the first Russian company on the list with Kaspersky Lab joining a growing list of Chinese technology and telecommunications companies that include Huawei, ZTE, China Mobile, and China Telecom. While an aggressive move, this is not the first time the United States has suspected Kaspersky Lab of cyber malfeasance enough to question its legitimacy. In 2019, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council put forth a policy forbidding any federal agency from purchasing Kaspersky products. In 2017, The Department of Homeland Security issued a directing mandating that federal departments and agencies to identify and remove any existing Kaspersky Lab products on government systems due to the risk that they posed.

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Emilio Iasiello

Emilio Iasiello has nearly 20 years’ experience as a strategic cyber intelligence analyst, supporting US government civilian and military intelligence organizations, as well as the private sector. He has delivered cyber threat presentations to domestic and international audiences and has published extensively in such peer-reviewed journals as Parameters, Journal of Strategic Security, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Cyber Defense Review, among others. All comments and opinions expressed are solely his own.