Are your security tools watching out for you, or mining your information?
While trying to find security software, for my home PC there were a couple of old timers that always come up in the top 5 listings. Great! Tried, true and trusted was my first thought. A few links and clicks later I was seeing references and with a little more digging “unproven allegations” with respect to Kaspersky. What is this??
Looking a little deeper I found that there was indeed a serious allegation that Kaspersky was linked to Russian Hackers! The New York Times reported that it was a case of “spies watching spies, watching spies”. Simply put, Israeli intelligence hacked Kaspersky and saw that the Russians were collecting information from all their users including the US Government’s devices. They notified the United States of what they found and on September 13, 2017, President Trump ordered the removal of all Kaspersky products from their networks.
As an average user, it didn’t take me too long to find this information, but I had to search for it. I could not trust what I found from the first search results that were given to me, clearly! It makes you wonder if there should be something to protect my personal devices. This is where teams like Grizzly Shield services at Intent Solutions Group really can guide companies from making the same mistakes so many other companies did with Kaspersky. Having a team with such a strong background in Information Security allows companies to learn that security is a true shared responsibility that you can then take home to your personal devices as well.