March 22, 2022
German Government Warns Usage of Kaspersky AV
Industry: N/A | Level: Strategic | Source: BleepingComputer

In a bulletin released by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the government entity advises against the use of Kaspersky’s antivirus software in favor of “alternative products.” The trust and reliability of the product are brought into question given the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with any relationship the company may have with the Russian government. As the service operates in real-time and in the cloud, various technical attributes are potentially at risk. BSI offers the following for consideration “extensive system authorizations and, due to the system (at least for updates), must maintain a permanent, encrypted and non-verifiable connection to the manufacturer’s servers. Therefore, trust in the reliability and self-protection of a manufacturer as well as his authentic ability to act is crucial for the safe use of such systems. If there are doubts about the reliability of the manufacturer, virus protection software poses a particular risk for the IT infrastructure to be protected.”