When politics interrupts free markets with self-serving agendas, some of our best and most innovative entrepreneurs become economic "collateral damage" and entire networks of otherwise cohesive business collaboration becomes unnecessarily fractured and disrupted.
From the article:
"In the United States, where I am at the moment, the government has demanded that federal agencies stop using –Kaspersky software. There is, of course, no credible evidence – none at all of any "issues" with Kaspersky programs, which is perhaps why the man himself is highly energised, trying to prove there are no back doors allowing anyone to tamper with programs."
"It's always difficult, however, to prove that something doesn't exist. Perhaps it also has something to do with the fact that Kaspersky revealed the details of the Stuxnet attack, whereby the US and Israel successfully crippled Iran's nuclear industry, the first known, deliberate, state-on-state cyber assault."
From Eugene Kaspersky:
"U.S. Kaspersky ban shows governments still don't get #cybersecurity ... It seems likelier that Kaspersky was simply caught up as collateral damage. The reasoning seems to go that, because the Kremlin campaigned to disrupt last year's US presidential election, anyone Russian should be punished."