Kaspersky Removed From GSA Schedule, Limiting Federal Sales For Its Security Software
It was a tough week for Russian security software developer Kaspersky Lab, which was removed from the U.S. government's General Services Administration schedule this week. The move comes after months of pushback against the company because of concerns that it may have ties to the Russian government – something the company vehemently denies.
While removal from the GSA schedule doesn't prevent government agencies from buying Kaspersky software entirely, they can no longer buy the company's software using GSA contract processes. That will likely seriously limit U.S. government purchases of Kaspersky software from the vendor and its channel partners.
CEO Eugene Kaspersky (pictured), in a letter, sought to reassure partners that his company has no inappropriate ties to the Russian government. But removal from the GSA list is a blow for the company and its partners.