During this unprecedented time in humanity’s history where a disease has pushed over three billion people around the world into lockdown, healthcare workers are the soldiers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

For this reason, continuity of operations is vital and with cybercriminals looking for easy targets, healthcare institutions are most certainly at risk.

To that end Kaspersky has said it will provide healthcare institutions with its B2B products for free for six months.

This offer includes:

  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus
  • Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365
  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced
  • Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security

“In this critical situation, healthcare institutions are under immense pressure and carry huge responsibility while saving people’s lives and fighting against the infection. Doctors, nurses and all medical staff take on most of the load and therefore need any support possible. We feel that it is our duty to support the medical community,” vice president of global sales at Kaspersky, Evgeniya Naumova said in a statement sent to Hypertext.

“In order to help these organisations focus on what matters most, we now offer healthcare institutions free licenses for key Kaspersky corporate products for a six month period,” added Naumova.

This offer is available worldwide but for our local healthcare institutions Kaspersky advises getting in touch with a local distributor.

Who are the local distributors of Kaspersky products? The firm actually has a complete list for South Africa that you can find here.

Alternatively you can contact Kaspersky directly but we’d advise trying local distribution partners first.

In addition to a security solution Kaspersky suggests healthcare institutions follow cybersecurity practices and implement the following:

  • Schedule basic security awareness education for both medical personnel and administration employees – Cover essential practices including good password hygiene, email security, use of external devices, safe web browsing and PC security. It should also be noted that there is an increased risk for healthcare IT systems.
  • Check your institutions protection solution – Insure the solution is up to date and properly configured. This protection should include protection against ransomware.
  • Ensure all specific medical devices are properly configured and updated, such as ventilators. If there is a chance that the number of such devices increases rapidly, develop a dedicated procedure to quickly install and configure all new devices.
  • Some hospitals urgently hire new staff which means growing the number of endpoints, including new employees’ personal devices. This can damage visibility and control over corporate IT, so IT services should pay special attention to adding protection to these new devices. It’s better to have security profiles, policies and licenses in advance to just add them to new devices when needed.