Espionage: Geopolitics Considerations When Businesses Select Antivirus Software

CyberPrivacy Brief:

  • To reduce the risk of espionage, enterprises should consider geopolitics when selecting antivirus software.
  • Hostile governments could abuse the data antivirus companies may collect to gain strategic intelligence on targets, argues Michael Sulmeyer, the Director of the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at Harvard University.

When selecting anti-virus software, businesses should consider where it comes from, and what disclosure policies – formal and informal – its designers are subject to, Mr. Sulmeyer advised in an October interview with The Cipher Brief. 

A crucial concern is that because installed antivirus software has vast access to so many computers globally, nation-states could eavesdrop on their information if the company scanning computers for a virus is subject to disclosure policies, he adds.

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