Global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, has announced free availability of its core endpoint security products for medical organizations in order to help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help medical organizations cope with this unprecedented pressure and relieve cybersecurity risks that may arise, Kaspersky is now offering its B2B product solutions available for free.
This includes endpoint and cloud infrastructure protection products, such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced and Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security, SaaS endpoint protection like Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus, and protection for Microsoft Office 365 via Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365.
“In this critical situation, healthcare institutions are under immense pressure and carry vast responsibility while saving lives and fighting against the COVID-19 virus,” said Evgeniya Naumova, vice president of the global sales network at Kaspersky. “Doctors, nurses and all medical staff take on most of the load and therefore need any support possible, and we feel that it is our duty to support the medical community. In order to help these organizations focus on what matters most, we will now offer healthcare institutions free licenses for key Kaspersky corporate products for a six month period.”
Cyber Security Tips
In addition to this initiative, Kaspersky also suggests that medical institutions follow cybersecurity practices and implement the following measures as soon as possible:
- Schedule basic security awareness education for both medical personnel and administration employees covering the most essential practices such as passwords and accounts, email security, use of USB devices, PC security and safe web browsing. Additionally, explain to hospital staff that there is an increasing risk of cyberthreats for healthcare IT systems.
- Now is the 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.
- 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. As such, 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.
- Make sure your current security solution enables purchasing of enough licenses for the increasing number of devices.