Eugene Kaspersky has offered to show his company's source code to US government experts in a bid to prove, once and for all, that the company's products don't contain any malicious code or spyware that could be covertly utilised by Russia's security services.
It comes as Congress is considering new sanctions against Russia, with the high-profile company also in the firing line in the US over allegations that Kaspersky's code could contain code that could be used by Russia's SNB - no hard evidence of any kind, however, has been presented to back-up these claims.
Nevertheless, US security services have suggested that Kaspersky products should be avoided by Congress, just in case.
"If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code," Kaspersky told Associated Press, promising: "Anything I can do to prove that we don't behave maliciously I will do it."
This, he said, could include appearing in front of US government officials in person and confirming the veracity of the company's products under oath.
Although Kaspersky - as one of the biggest and best known Russian technology companies - does maintain links with Russian government figures, there's no evidence that this extends any further than the usual links that a big and economically important company might maintain with a national government.
Equally, there's no question that much of his knowledge in the field comes from his time in a KGB-sponsored school and the Russian Ministry of Defence.
It is not unusual, either, for US executives to have spent time in the US armed forces. But it's not the first time that Kaspersky has had to fend off accusations that he and his company is too close to the Russian government.
For Kaspersky, though, the fear is more than just the prospect of losing some government contracts, but also the knock-on effect that this may have on the company's business
Indicating how seriously the US government is taking the matter, twelve Kaspersky executives have had the pleasure of a home visit by the FBI, where they were questioned over the company's business practices.
However, complicating matters, earlier this year one Kaspersky Labs manager was arrested for treason by the Russian government, and back in 2015 Kaspersky denied allegations by Reuters that it had published fake malware in a bid to downgrade rival anti-virus vendors' scores.
What's not clear at the moment, is whether the US government is open to negotiation, or whether it will simply press ahead with plans for a ban.
In May this year, in response to reports that his company was being investigated by the FBI, Kaspersky flatly denied any links between his company and Russian security services.
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