‘Kaspersky can compensate central government ban through market share in municipalities’




Kaspersky can compensate for the ‘sensitive blow’ of the ban with the National Government in the Netherlands due to the accumulated position in other sectors, according to a research company. Kaspersky, among others, would be well represented among municipalities.

That is what at least research company Computer Profile claims , which did a market analysis among 7400 respondents from Dutch organizations with more than 50 employees. According to the research company, Kaspersky has gained market share since 2010 at the expense of market leaders McAfee and Symantec. The same applies to other relatively small security companies, such as Trend Micro, Sophos, Eset and F-secure. Kaspersky also saw its market share in the Netherlands fall last year.

In most Dutch sectors, the market share of Kaspersky is relatively small, about 5 to 6 percent, but the presence of the company has grown strongly in government institutions since last year, up to 9.9 percent this year, claims Computer Profile. “This mainly concerns End Point security for municipalities and courts,” according to the company. The extent to which the national government contributes to the market share is not known.

Of all the workplaces that Kaspersky secures, a quarter is in the government, as a result of which the central government’s decision to no longer use the company’s software and services is a potentially severe blow. Computer Profile estimates that the manufacturing, finance & services and education sectors are well represented by more than ten percent and that education even has 30 percent of the workplaces protected by Kaspersky.

Kaspersky is a Computer Profile customer ; the companies work together in the field of telemarketing.

On Monday, the government announced the decision that the Dutch central government will stop using Kaspersky antivirus software. It is a precautionary measure, because Kaspersky has a head office in Russia and therefore has to support Russian intelligence services. The company announced a day later that it would move part of its infrastructure to Switzerland .

Update, 17.50 : The Municipal Information Security Service consults with the National Cyber ​​Security Center on the phasing out of software and services from Kaspersky Lab, told Local Government earlier this week.

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