One of the world’s biggest and most-respected cyber security firms Kaspersky Lab has been removed from the approved-list of the administration of the incumbent President of the America Donald Trump.
Reports say its removal was decided upon in the wake of increasing scrutiny from U.S. officials over alleged ties to Russian intelligence services.
The General Services Administration, and GSA “made the decision to remove Kaspersky Lab-manufactured products” after “review and careful consideration,” a GSA spokeswoman said in a statement to ABC News. “GSA’s priorities are to ensure the integrity and security of U.S. government systems and networks and evaluate products and services available on our contracts using supply chain risk management processes,” the statement added.
The services of Moscow-based Kaspersky was initially on the list of companies whose products are approved for use on federal systems, according to U.S. officials.