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Australian Govt noncommittal on Kaspersky ban

The Australian Government says it is not making any recommendation on the use or otherwise of products from Kaspersky Lab.

A spokesman of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet told iTWire in response to a query: "The Australian Government is aware of the United States Department of Homeland Security directive for the US departments and agencies concerning Kaspersky products and services.

The US Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday gave agencies 30 days to identify their use of Kaspersky products and 60 days to develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products. 

A deadline of 90 days was set to implement plans to discontinue the use of Kaspersky software and to remove the same from information systems.

And the spokesman added: "All Australian Government departments are required to continually assess the risks to their information and networks."

In June 2015, the head of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, revealed that the company had won a contract to become the information security provider for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Federal Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan appeared to take a different tack on the subject. 

He told the ABC's The World Today programme today that the government was in touch with the US and would evaluate the continued use of the software.

Tehan was asked by iTWire back in June whether Australia was planning to follow the US as far as its policy on Kaspersky products was concerned.

But the minister did not respond.

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