The Lithuanian government views Kaspersky Lab as a “potential threat” to national security, according to a prepared statement. It reviewed information from intelligence and partner sources before issuing the ban, a government spokesperson said, and concluded that information from computers using Kaspersky Lab software can leak into other countries.
Lithuania’s ban on Kaspersky Lab software applies to computers used to manage energy, finance and other critical infrastructure, Reuters reported. The country’s government agencies can continue to use Kaspersky Lab software if their computers are not deemed sensitive.
Kaspersky Lab disagrees with Lithuania’s decision to ban its software, the company told Reuters. It also is considering options to challenge the decision.
Kaspersky Lab in October launched a global transparency initiative in response to the DHS ban. The initiative emphasizes the use of independent reviews of Kaspersky Lab source code and internal processes, development of transparency centers around the globe and rewards for vulnerabilities found in the company’s products.
Despite the Lithuania and U.S. government bans, Kaspersky Lab’s worldwide sales are projected to increase 9 percent year over year and reach $700 million in 2017, CEO Eugene Kaspersky told Reuters. Comparatively, Kaspersky Lab’s U.S. sales are expected to decline “less than 10 percent” this year, Kaspersky indicated.