Kaspersky Lab removed from GSA Schedule
Move limits vendor from federal sales for its security software
Cyber security vendor Kaspersky Lab has been removed from the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule, an independent agency of the United States government, a move that could severely limit the security vendor's ability to sell to the federal government.
The removal takes Kaspersky off the approved list of technology vendors for government departments on the GSA's Schedule 67 and Schedule 70 contracts.
While the removal won't prevent the government from buying Kaspersky software entirely, purchases would have to be separate from the GSA contract process. That will likely vastly limit the company's sales to the United States government.
The removal comes after months of pushback against the security vendor over alleged ties to the Russian government, ties the security vendor has vehemently denied.
ABC reported earlier this week that the government was eyeing a removal of Kaspersky from the GSA Schedule.
In an official statement, Kaspersky Lab denied any links to the Russian government or working with the Russian intelligence agency FSB.
Kaspersky has global headquarters in Moscow and has North American headquarters in Woburn, Massachusetts.