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DHS’ Michael Duffy Offers Updates on Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software’s Presence on Federal Networks

An official with the Department of Homeland Security has said more than half of federal agencies had complied with the Oct. 13 deadline to identify whether they run Kaspersky Lab-developed anti-virus software on their computer networks, Nextgov reported Friday.

Michael Duffy, a DHS official, told reporters that of those compliant agencies, fewer than half reported their information systems use the Russian company’s anti-virus platform.

Duffy refused to disclose any specific percentage with regard to those that complied with the DHS deadline and those that discovered Kaspersky’s anti-virus tool in their data infrastructure.

DHS issued a binding operational directive in September that requires agencies to remove Kaspersky’s anti-virus software and related products from their information systems within 90 days due to potential security vulnerabilities and the company’s potential ties to the Russian government.

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