Best Buy No Longer Selling Kaspersky
Best Buy, the largest electronic retailer in America, has removed the Russian-based security solution, Kaspersky Labs, from its shelves. The decision to cut the security program from their product line comes shortly after the FBI urged private sector companies to discontinue the use of Kaspersky on their devices.
Both Best Buy and the U.S. government removed the Russian-based security solution from their list of available security solutions due to concerns of ties between the company and the Russian government.
The company has adamantly denied these claims. However, the Russian government has threatened retaliation for the U.S. no longer using Kaspersky on government devices. However, the threats have fallen on deaf ears.
Sixty percent of the company’s sales are generated in the United States. If the rest of America follows suit with the government and Best Buy, Kaspersky is facing a major financial hit.
How Will Kaspersky Recover?
Vladimir Putin is now encouraging Russia to use Russian-based security software, to mitigate potential security risks associated with programs developed overseas. This could help soften the blow to Kaspersky’s bottom line, if Russian companies begin using their solution instead of others. Although, if Putin is doing this with the intention of hurting the U.S., he is mistaken. There is only one security solution that is developed, supported, and researched in the U.S. — PC Matic. Considering PC Matic has no customers in Russia, the American-made security solution will not be impacted.