West Virginia University is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from anti-virus software providers on Friday, Sept. 15 as part of a plan to replace the current Kaspersky software by summer 2018. Information Technology Services has been actively monitoring developments with Kaspersky and working on this RFP for some time. ITS will seek proposals from vendors considered leading providers by Gartner, an IT research firm that helps shape industry standards.
The General Services Administration, the federal agency in charge of government purchasing, has removed Russia-based Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors. The GSA expressed concerns that the Russian government could compel Kaspersky to provide information that it has collected from its clients. On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security gave Kaspersky 90 days to prove that its products are not a security risk. If the company cannot do so, the Washington Post reported, federal agencies must begin to remove the software.