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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 11:20

Kaspersky offers six-month free licences to medical institutions

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Security firm Kaspersky has offered free six-month licences of some of its products to medical institutions so that they can guard against cyber threats which have multiplied during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, with malicious elements seeking to cash in.

In a statement on Tuesday, the company said the free licences would be for four products:

  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced — our main solution for protecting workstations and servers;
  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus — a cloud version of the solution for workstations that protects businesses without placing additional load on IT resources;
  • Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365 — protection for Microsoft Office 365 collaboration services; and
  • Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security (Enterprise Server) — a product that allows one to secure virtual and cloud environments.

In a blog post, Kaspersky's Nikolay Pankov said cyber criminals were treating the ongoing coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to make money and medical organisations, which were in the forefront of looking after those affected by the disease, needed infrastructure protection.

He cited the case of a clinic in the Czech city of Brno which was attacked last week.

"It hasn’t disclosed details of the incident, but hospital representatives say the attack caused database problems," Pankov wrote.

"The hospital can examine patients, but cannot save medical data to the server, and the clinic had to cancel several operations and redirect patients to other institutions."

Pankov said any institution that wished to take advantage of the offer could contact local resellers or a local Kaspersky office.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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