The British government has forbidden its agencies responsible for national security from using Russian anti-virus software Kaspersky, according to the Financial Times.
This comes after the director of the UK National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), Ciaran Martin, warned the government departments not to use any software made by Russia’s Kaspersky Labs.
“Where it is assessed that access to the information by the Russian state would be a risk to national security, a Russia-based AV [antivirus] company should not be chosen,” said Martin in a letter Friday signed off by chiefs at MI5.
Departments which are specifically responsible for “foreign policy, international negotiations, defense and other sensitive information” were highlighted in his letter.
This comes despite the fact that the NCSC itself said, after a six-month review, it had not found any evidence proving the software was being used to gather intelligence on behalf of the…