PalmettoTimes – The name Kaspersky is fairly well known to North American electronics users. The Russian cybersecurity company has been creating well-regarded antivirus products for a number of years now. The firm is also well known for creating and releasing comprehensive reports detailing active threat groups.
Unfortunately, the company now finds itself dealing with accusations regarding possible work with the Russian government. This wouldn’t have been an issue even two years ago. However, under the controversial cloud of Donald Trump’s Presidency, which has been accused of receiving profound assistance from the Russian government, such an accusation will be taken seriously by just about everyone.
Kaspersky And The Russian Government
To be fair, the accusations against Kaspersky are hardly new. They have been a subject of discussion for some time now. More attention is now being paid to the subject, with an NSA report coming to light. The Senate has also called for a product ban. Bloomberg has joined the chorus of questions concerning Kaspersky’s relationship to the Russian government, and even the Trump administration has leveled an attack of its own.
All of this has served to remind people of past accusations against Kaspersky and its CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The company has been proactive in denying these allegations on a point-by-point basis. Even so, with information continuing to be made public, and with an ever-larger group of powerful political interests calling for something to be done, Kaspersky now finds itself in a truly unenviable position. There are no short-term solutions that will allow the company to continue offering cybersecurity solutions and more.
At this point, it is important to understand that there is no public evidence to clearly indicate in no uncertain terms that Kaspersky is working with the Russian government on projects that could be described as less-than-savory. For now, there are only accusations, which Kaspersky continues to deal with as they come. The company has made it clear that while they do offer assistance to Russian authorities, they are not working closely with the government on anything long-term or potentially nefarious. Like most intelligence brokers, Kaspersky certainly wants to continue receiving those Pentagon contracts. Unfortunately, with mounting hysteria towards anything that even suggests a dangerous connection to Russia, the company will have to overcome a number of hurdles, before they can resume business as usual.
For now, there are only rumors, and a company whose public persona emphasizes the invaluable research they have contributed.