According to a Department of Defense official, the Pentagon has been working on a “do not buy” list of software vendors since early this year. Without identifying specific vendors or products, in a recent press conference, Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, stated “[w]hat we are doing is making sure that we do not buy software that has Russian or Chinese provenance, for instance, and quite often that’s difficult to tell at first glance because of holding companies.”
This announcement comes on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security banning the use of AO Kaspersky Lab security products, solutions and services last fall. Kaspersky sued the government in an effort to lift the ban. In May, a federal court in Washington D.C. dismissed Kaspersky’s lawsuit for failure to state a valid claim.
An article with more information about the “do not buy” list is available here. Click here to see the DHS Statement on Kasperky Lab. The Kaspersky court dismissal is available here. Contact us at Ossian Law P. C. regarding any information technology law matter.
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