As Russia is seeking to lessen its reliance on foreign technology and digital services, Ukraine has also undertaken measures with its parliament recommending to cease using Russian-created software in state agencies.
Software created in Russia may carry cyber threat, believe the proponents of the bill – MPs Oleksandr Mochkov from Udar and Valeriy Omelchenko from the Party of Regions, – which was adopted on July 3.
The bill requires that the state inform the parliament about progress regarding implementation by December 1, 2014.
Kaspersky Labs, which provides anti-virus software to the Ukrainian government, stated that their software undergoes regular checks to ensure that it conforms to local regulations and that they intend to continue to do so.
As part of its efforts to wean itself off of foreign software, the Ukrainian government is currently considering ways to create a national operating-system and antivirus software. Options under consideration include creating a system from scratch, adopting an existing open-source system, or delivering reliable protection against the leakage of information through a current OS.