Cybersecurity & Privacy Risks of Russian Tech at International Trade Fairs
Since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, American, British and European officials have warned of the potential cybersecurity risks of using Russian information security technologies.
Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security recently highlighted the risk, warning that “A Russian IT manufacturer can carry out offensive operations itself, be forced against its will to attack target systems, or be spied on as a victim of a cyber operation without its knowledge or as a tool for attacks against its own customers.”
Kaspersky, the Russian cybersecurity and anti-virus software vendor, has faced significant pressure, with officials warning that the technology could pose a risk to national security and citizens’ digital privacy.
The U.S. has also sanctioned Mikron, Russia’s largest microchip manufacturer, and supercomputer firm T-Platforms.
The warnings have been made as governments around the world imposed economic sanctions on Russian companies and prominent individuals in a bid to damage Russia’s economy. Since the invasion, the Kremlin has further eroded freedom of expression, blocking thousands of websites which spurred a huge increase in demand for VPN apps that work in Russia.
Despite attempts to restrict Russia’s cybersecurity, surveillance and telecom companies, many remain free to promote their technology and foster relationships with government officials at international trade fairs.
We analyzed over 50 events and identified 10 that will promote Russian technology companies alongside European, British and American government officials.
Not only does this provide tacit approval to the companies set to appear, it also raises the possibility of government agencies from Europe, the UK, and U.S. attempting to procure Russian technologies.
The companies included in this report sell a wide range of products, from facial recognition software to cybersecurity tools. We are publishing this research to highlight the risk the proliferation of these technologies may pose to our privacy and security, as well as draw attention to the important role they play in generating international revenue for Russia.
While some of these events have now taken place, all of those included started after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The following table details the trade fairs occurring globally since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It includes information on the Russian tech companies and international government officials that are set to appear.
 SpeechPro is the U.S. trading name of Russian company Speech Technology Center
 Oxygen Forensics has close links to the Russian company, Oxygen Software, as detailed below in the company’s background section