Following a US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to ban the use of Kaspersky products in federal agencies, Kaspersky has filed an appeal, calling the decision ‘unconstitutional’ and dependant on ‘subjective, non-technical public sources’.
In a recent announcement the company has argued that DHS has failed to provide it with adequate due process to rebut the unsubstantiated allegations underlying the Directive and has not provided any evidence of wrongdoing by the company. Kaspersky has repeatedly stated its willingness to cooperate with DHS’s review and has even recently gone so far as to announce that it would provide source code for third-party review.
Kaspersky Lab reached out to DHS in mid-July, offering to provide any information or assistance concerning the company, its operations, or its products. In mid-August, DHS confirmed receipt of the company’s letter, appreciating the offer to provide information and expressing interest in future communications with Kaspersky Lab regarding the matter.
However, the next communication from DHS to Kaspersky Lab was notification regarding the product ban.
“Because Kaspersky Lab has not been provided a fair opportunity in regards to the allegations and no technical evidence has been produced to validate DHS’s actions, it is in the company’s interests to defend itself in this matter. Regardless of the DHS decision, we will continue to do what really matters: make the world safer from cybercrime,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab.