Dutch municipalities consider dropping Kaspersky software

Thursday 17 May 2018 | 16:38 CET | News

The Information Security Service for municipalities (IBD) is consulting with the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) about eventually stopping the use of anti-virus software from Russia’s Kaspersky Lab, reports Binnenlands bestuur. Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ferdinand Grapperhaus said last week that the national government wanted to phase out the use of Kaspersky’s antivirus software because it feared the company’s close ties with the Russian government.

Central government sees limited risk for municipalities

According to Grapperhaus, this phasing out of the security software would not apply to smaller authorities such as provinces and municipalities. However, the minister is advising all companies that work in vital sectors to stop using Kaspersky’s software.

The IBD told the publication that the phasing out of the antivirus software is still being considered. "We are currently discussing this with NCSC," a spokesperson said. Several municipalities have already contacted the NCSC for advice. "The minister has no responsibility in this area over the municipalities. The decision whether or not to work with Kaspersky lies with municipalities themselves. The IBD also noted that virus scanners can't be so easily or quickly replaced.

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Categories: IT
Companies: Kaspersky Lab
Countries: Netherlands
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