Further expanding its efforts to promote use of indigenous technology, China has excluded top anti virus brands Symantic and Kaspersky from the approved list of anti-virus software vendors for government procurement, Reuters has reported.
The news was first reported by the government controlled newspaper People’s daily on its Twitter feed saying that the central procurement regulating agency in China has excluded Kaspersky and Symantec from the officially maintained list of security software suppliers.
Another tweet listed the rive anti-virus software companies that have been approved. The list names Qihoo 360 Technology Co , Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin and Rising. All of these are Chinese companies.
Alejandro Arango, a spokesman from Kaspersky has said: “We are investigating and engaging in conversations with Chinese authorities about this matter. It is too premature to go into any additional details at this time.”
This is a clear indication of the steps Chinese government is taking to protect its IT products and infrastructure after Edward Snowden leaks related to National Security Agency. Earlier in the year, the tensions between US and China were on a high grade after US government indicted Chinese soldiers on charges of cyber espionage.
It was also reported in May by the Chinese media that the government had banned use of Windows 8 in government offices, citing the security reasons that Microsoft had ended support for Windows XP.