Kaspersky supports healthcare institutions amid COVID-19 pandemic with 6-mth free full featured product licenses

Date : 24-Mar-2020
Location: Kuala Lumpur

Key Takeaways:
  • Kaspersky announces free availability of its core endpoint security products for medical organizations, in order to help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the pandemic.
  • Continuity of operations and data protection is extremely critical for healthcare organizations. Especially in the current situation, when medical organizations are under extreme pressure and have to mobilize all their forces to help people in this very challenging time. For hospitals and medical institutions it is important to ensure the stability of medical equipment and that data is constantly available for medical personnel, while also protecting the privacy of their patients’ critical information.

To help medical organizations cope with the unprecedented pressure and help relieve cybersecurity risks that may arise during this period, Kaspersky has made its B2B solutions available for free for 6 months.

The offering covers:
  • 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 your business without placing additional load on IT resources;
  • Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365 — comprehensive protection for Microsoft Office 365 collaboration services;
  • Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security (Enterprise Server) — a product that allows you to secure virtual and cloud environments.
To obtain a license, representatives of medical organizations can contact local Kaspersky partners and resellers.

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  • Evgeniya Naumova, Vice President of the Global Sales Network at Kaspersky,said,the company wanted to support the medical community, as part of the effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Best Practices:

Along with this initiative, Kaspersky also suggests that medical institutions follow cybersecurity practices and implement the following measures as soon as possible:

I.) Schedule basic security awareness education for both medical personnel and administration employees – it should cover the most essential practices such as passwords and accounts, email security, use of USB devices, PC security and safe web browsing. Explain to the hospital’s staff that there is an increasing risk of cyberthreats for healthcare IT systems.

II.) It is the right time to check the hospital’s protection solution, make sure it is up to date, configured properly and covers all employees’ devices. Switch on a firewall to enable protection from threats coming from the internet. The security solution should enable protection from ransomware as it one of the common threats for medical organizations.

III.)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.

IV.) 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.

V.) Make sure your current security solution enables purchasing of enough licenses for the increasing number of devices.

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Editor's comments:
  • This initiative is a good thing as a joint effort of fighting COVID-19.
  • During this trying time, everybody has limited resources. Therefore, it is best to cater interested parties with a hassle free, plug and play 6-month trial in a box, so that users would be able to leverage the offerings without the need to reorganize exiting IT infrastructures - which contributes to additional load on IT resources.
  • Alternatively, I recommend users to go for Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus.