Beijing cuts ties with Symantec, Kaspersky Lab
Chinese government attempts to limit use of foreign-developed technologies
The Chinese government will no longer procure anti-virus solutions from United States-based Symantec or Russia-based Kaspersky Lab, Reuters reported this week.
The assumption is that Beijing is attempting to limit the use of foreign-developed technologies across its operations.
According to the report, the state-controller People's Daily newspaper tweeted that the government's procurement agency had excluded Symantec and Kasperksy from its list of approved software suppliers.
A second tweet said that five anti-virus brands, all from China, had been approved. Those brands were Venustech, CAJinchen, Qihoo 360 Technology, Rising, and Beijing Jiangmin.
Reuters quoted a spokesperson from Kaspersky who said that the security vendor was investigating the reports, and that it was in conversations with the Chinese authorities.
China's government has made plenty of efforts to re-evaluate who it procures its technology from in the wake of last year's Edward Snowden revelations, which raised concerns over US government surveillance.
On top of this, the government has made a number of moves against US-based technology companies. It has butted heads several times with Microsoft in recent months, and came close to blocking the acquisition of IBM's low-end server business by Lenovo.
Beijing has also updated a public website detailing approved technology vendors for the government. However, it is unclear whether that list is the final word in what technology government agencies can use.