Kaspersky Software Not Worth 'Risk,' WH Cyber Chief Says

By Ben Kochman (January 11, 2018, 3:36 PM EST) -- President Donald Trump's cyber czar praised federal agencies Thursday for banning the use of Moscow-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab's products amid concerns that the software could be hijacked by Russian spies, despite the lack of clear evidence connecting the company to the Kremlin.

"There's a lot of discussion about what is the evidence, what is the threat? Wrong question," Rob Joyce, the White House's cybersecurity coordinator, said in a speech at Fordham University in which he broadly assessed cyberthreats facing U.S. intelligence agencies. "It's, what is the risk?"

"The risk is having a foreign entity with root-level access to your network,...

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