Coronavirus: Kaspersky, Bitdefender make products free to NHS - ComputerWeekly.com

Coronavirus: Kaspersky, Bitdefender make products free to NHS - ComputerWeekly.com


Coronavirus: Kaspersky, Bitdefender make products free to NHS - ComputerWeekly.com

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 08:15 AM PDT

Security suppliers Kaspersky and Bitdefender have both announced free availability of various cyber security products and services to healthcare organisations struggling to cope with the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

Continuity of operations and data protection put constant pressure on the health service, but now that such organisations find themselves at the frontline of the global emergency, protecting critical systems has become even more of a priority than usual.

As previously reported by Computer Weekly, there has been no let-up in cyber criminal activity targeting hospitals and others operating in the healthcare industry since the crisis began. One victim, a UK-based medical research company, was attacked using Maze ransomware, breaking a promise by the group behind Maze not to attack healthcare organisations at this time.

In Kaspersky's case, the offer extends to free availability of its core endpoint security product lines for six months. These include Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus, Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced, and Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security. Customers can contact their reseller or business partner, or Kaspersky itself.

Bitdefender, meanwhile, is making its enterprise-grade, end-to-end protection services available without charge to healthcare customers until the end of June 2020. Customers can find out more about its offer on its website.

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

"In order to help these organisations focus on what matters most, we now offer healthcare institutions free licences for key Kaspersky corporate products for a six-month period."

Bitdefender CEO Florin Talpes said: "Hackers have acted opportunistically and unethically, taking advantage of this time of uncertainty to deliver malware, conduct phishing, and perform online fraud against the organisations affected most.

"We are thankful for the work of healthcare professionals worldwide and aim to support them by providing protection for their organisations' sensitive information in a way that assures operational continuity and lets them focus on treating patients and slowing the spread of this virus."

Even though doctors and nurses are under immense pressure, Kaspersky said it was still important for hospitals and healthcare organisations to follow basic cyber security best practice. End-users still need to be educated on security hygiene, covering passwords, how to spot phishing emails, and so on.

It is also the right time for NHS IT and security teams to thoroughly audit their existing protection systems, making sure they are patched and properly configured. Firewalls should be enabled and beefed up where possible, endpoints will need to be protected, especially those belonging to doctors and nurses, and particular attention should be paid to protecting systems from ransomware, to which hospitals especially are acutely vulnerable.

Perhaps most critically, any connected medical devices, such as ventilators, must be properly configured and updated, because any failures will be life-threatening.

The best antivirus software 2020: free and paid options compared - GamesRadar+

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 03:28 PM PDT

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What coronavirus small business help is available for free? - http://smallbusiness.co.uk

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 06:09 AM PDT

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Help is at hand: read our guide to software and services being offered for free during the Covid-19 pandemic

UPDATED: Many tech suppliers and digital companies are offering their services for free to small business to help it get through the coronavirus Covid-19 shutdown.

Here is a list of software and digital services coronavirus help being offered for free to small business, which will be updated regularly.

Cybersecurity

Kapersky
Kaspersky has made its core endpoint security products free for medical organisations. This will enable healthcare professionals to keep surgeries and hospitals protected from cyberthreats during the Covid-19 crisis.

For six months, the following products will be available for free:

For more detailed information about the offering and its availability please visit Kaspersky business blog and contact Kaspersky or its resellers.

ImmuniWeb
ImmuniWeb is offering $500,000 worth of cybersecurity solutions for free to qualifying companies during the Covid-19 crisis.

To qualify, a UK small business must have existed for at least two years with less than 30 per cent of revenue stemming from online sales in 2019 and with plans for 70 per cent of revenue shifting online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The following software packages are available for qualifying small businesses:

Eligible businesses should send an email with the following:

  • Briefly describe your shift to the online space (timing, scope, needs)
  • List your web or mobile apps, cloud or SaaS systems
  • Make sure you indicate your full contact details
  • ImmuniWeb will get back to you within the next 24 hours

Home working

Cornerstone Cares
Cloud-based HCM platform Cornerstone OnDemand has launched a free online learning platform Cornerstone Cares in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The portal features dedicated learning courses, tools and general information on topics including:

  • Coronavirus – supporting infection prevention and control
  • Stress management – promoting self-care and how to manage stress
  • Working from home – Helping you be productive while working from home

Anyone can sign-up to the portal using the registration link to access the available content.

Wundamail
Wundamail is giving away its work-from-home software to any business free for one month.

 This software is designed to replicate the daily stand-up meeting in the Agile Method, condensing team activity into a single, daily email. There is no need to install any new software, making it suitable for emergency remote working, at short notice.

Marketing and PR

Adzooma
Adzooma, the social media marketing platform, has gone free, offering full free access until 1 June.

Anyone who is using Google, Facebook, or Microsoft ads to promote their business or services, will be able to benefit from the time and cost efficiencies which Adzooma offers at no cost. This includes all existing clients, whose billing will be suspended during this time.

Adzooma, founded in 2015, uses AI-powered technology to provide optimisation, custom automation, and white-label reporting to save time and reduce wasted ad spend across the three major advertising platforms.

The company is currently in talks with Microsoft to create a support system that will deliver advice, tips, and support through tools such as webinars. The company plans to roll out a similar education and training platform on Facebook and Google.

Hootsuite
Twitter management tool Hootsuite is offering free access to its Hootsuite Professional Plan for small businesses impacted by Covid-19 crisis.

Businesses can use Hootsuite for free to engage with customers, create content, manage crisis communications and access a library of social media courses free of charge.

To access the Hootsuite Professional Plan for free go here.

The Write Impression
The Write Impression (TWI), a marketing and PR agency based in Suffolk, is offering all businesses a free resource to help them effectively communicate updates on the coronavirus pandemic to their staff and customers.

The PR agency is offering downloadable PDFs on its website, with more communications becoming available as and when advice from the government changes.

Software

UnderPinned
Freelance career platform UnderPinned will offer its services for free until September to help ease financial pressures facing millions of freelancers as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The offer will give new and existing members full access to UnderPinned's Virtual Office platform and every feature in the essential plan – offering a saving of £54. This includes everything from a portfolio and proposal builder to project management tools and an automated invoice system. Members will also be offered a Covid-19 special resource, outlining available support and providing advice on how to diversify and improve revenue streams.

Zoho
Zoho Corporation, the business software apps provider, has launched its Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program (ESAP) to help small business during the coronavirus pandemic.

Zoho is waiving the cost of every single application used by up to 20,000 qualifying paying customers with 25 employees or less for up to three months.

For more information and to apply for the ESAP programme, visit here.

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The best free products and services to help your business navigate the coronavirus crisis - TechRadar UK

Posted: 24 Mar 2020 12:34 PM PDT

Companies all over the world have ordered employees to work from home in a bid to delay the spread of the novel coronavirus, now classified a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Top of the list of concerns for many businesses is whether employees are properly equipped to go virtual-only. The lack of appropriate software could prove a significant stumbling block for workers asked to suddenly abandon their office workstations.

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