Official details wide use of software tied to Russia
Computer systems at 15 percent of U.S. government agencies were running Kaspersky Lab software that’s been banned because of concerns about the company’s ties to the Kremlin and Russian spy operations, a top Homeland Security Department official told Congress on Tuesday.
In July, the General Services Administration removed Kaspersky from its list of approved federal vendors. In September, Homeland Security directed all U.S. federal agencies and departments to stop using products or services supplied directly or indirectly by the Russian-owned and operated company.
About 94 percent of all federal agencies met the mid-october deadline to determine whether they were using any Kaspersky products, Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary, told a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
She said the department is helping the remaining agencies, which are small and do not have the tools to scan their systems.