I recently read a BBC news article that noted the German cyber-security authority had warned against using the Kaspersky anti-virus software. Among other things it stated “Russian information technology businesses could be spied on or forced to launch cyber attacks.” Perhaps the easiest response would be to simply shrug this off. However, Putin’s illegal war against Ukraine and his alarming threats against Russian citizens with Western sympathies casts a cautious shadow over dependencies on mission-critical Russian software systems.
In addition to cyber security software and networking, I wonder about payments systems – are these at risk? Payments systems carry sensitive card details and customer information and significant damage can result from compromised payments infrastructure. Hopefully this is all just plausible speculation but it highlights the fact that once trust has gone, fear sets in, and uncertainties multiply. And trust it seems, is a diminishing commodity.