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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.
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