Russian software developers urged to ban government agencies from purchasing Zoom

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Russian software developers urged to ban government agencies from purchasing Zoom

Developers of Russian software (software) have called on the authorities to prohibit the purchase of foreign video conferencing systems (VCS) by government agencies and organizations with state participation. On April 8, Izvestia was told about this in the ANO Digital Platforms.

Russian software developers urged to ban government agencies from purchasing Zoom
Russian software developers urged to ban government agencies from purchasing Zoom

Although licenses for state-owned companies and departments have not been extended, users will still continue to work with the program, experts are sure.

According to the request of the organization, the ban should come into force on June 1, 2021. They explained that Zoom announced the revocation of authorization to sell the service for government agencies and organizations with government beneficiaries. Also, the service will stop being used in a number of Russian universities.

Such a solution to the service and a general ban on the purchase of foreign videoconferencing systems will lead to an increase in the level of information security in government agencies and will allow supporting Russian developers, said Vadim Kudrin, head of infrastructure solutions at Corus Consulting Group.

Renat Lashin, executive director of ARPP "Otechestvenny soft", emphasized that Russian software offers over 10 thousand products, including solutions for holding videoconferencing events. These include TrueConf, VideoMost, Vinteo, and Mind.

In turn, the editor-in-chief of TAdviser Alexander Levashov added that restricting the use of foreign software for government agencies is inappropriate, since such a ban is already in effect, provided there is an alternative in the register of Russian software.

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