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Kaspersky Lab says no negative vibes yet from Australian Govt

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Eugene Kaspersky, the head of Kaspersky Lab. Eugene Kaspersky, the head of Kaspersky Lab. Supplied

Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab says it has been in regular contact with the Australian Government in order to keep officials briefed about the issues that the company has faced in the US and other countries.

Thus far, the dialogue has been positive, according to Stephan Neumeier, the company's Asia Pacific managing director, who, along with Anton Shingarev, vice-president of public affairs and head of the CEO Office, gave a presentation in Sydney on Tuesday.

The 40-minute presentation mostly dealt with details of the company's decision to establish a Swiss Transparency Centre to avoid the constant allegations of spying from Western nations.

Kaspersky's software was banned from use by US public sector agencies last year, following reports that Russia had exploited its software to spy on customers and obtain malware created by the NSA.

The Netherlands announced a similar ban in May, while the UK's National Cyber Security Centre has advised agencies and organisations against using the company's software.

Neumeier and Shingarev detailed the issues faced by the company, outlining why, in their opinion, the US and other countries had started what amounts to a campaign to prevent the company from doing business in those countries.

Details about the transparency centre leaked in March and were formally announced by the company in May.

Kaspersky also ran a webinar a few weeks ago entitled The Cyber Security Future Summit – Adapting to an ultra-connected world – Adapting to an ultra-connected world, hosted by BBC presenter Angela Lamont and company officials.

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.

The Australian Government has said in the past, when asked, that it is not making any recommendation on the use or otherwise of Kaspersky products.

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