in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Sept 13, 2017 that all departments must identify any systems on which Kaspersky products are running and develop a detailed plan to remove and replace this software.

For those that don’t know, Kaspersky is in the internet protection business, which means, in general, anti-virus.

Kaspersky makes various models of anti-virus for computers.

Kaspersky is a Russian company.

The DHS said “The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks. The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security.”

So, do you use any Kaspersky product?

If so, you would be wise to follow the DHS lead and implement a plan to remove all Kaspersky products from your system and replace it with something else.

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