May 19, 2020

COVID-19: Kaspersky supports healthcare with free cybersecurity

Leah Netabai
3 min
COVID-19: Kaspersky supports healthcare with free cybersecurity

In response to the current outbreak of COVID-19, global cybersecurity firm - Kaspersky - supports the healthcare industry with six months free cybersecurity.

To ensure medical organisations can stay protected from cyberthreats during the current COVID-19 pandemic, global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky has announced that its core endpoint security products will be provided for free for the next six months. 

The core services include: 

  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus

  • Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365

  • Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced

  • Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security

Kaspersky stresses the importance of continuity of operations and data protection when it comes to healthcare organisations. Particularly with the current global situation, where medical organisations are under extreme pressures to help people in this challenging situation.

In order to achieve this, it is important for hospitals and medical institutions to maintain stability when it comes to its medical equipment, and that data is constantly available for medical personnel, while continuing to maintain data protection of patients’ critical information.

To help these organisations cope with unprecedented pressures and to help relieve security risks that may arise, Kaspersky has made its B2B solutions free for six months.

“In this critical situation, healthcare institutions are under immense pressure and carry huge responsibility while saving people’s lives and fighting against the infection. Doctors, nurses and all medical staff take on most of the load and therefore need any support possible. We feel that it is our duty to support the medical community,” said Evgeniya Naumova, Vice President of the Global Sales Network at Kaspersky. 

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


The current total of COVID-19 cases within Africa:

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Alongside this initiative, Kaspersky suggests healthcare institutions follow cybersecurity practices and implements these measures as soon as possible:

  1. Provide basic security education for both medical personnel and administration employees, it should cover the essentials including: passwords and accounts, email security, use of USB devices, PC security and safe web browsing

  2. Check hospital protection solutions and ensure it is up to date, configured properly and covers all devices, as well as enabling firewall protection, with a focus on ransomware, a common threat for medical organisations

  3. Ensure all medical devices are properly configured and updated and develop a procedure to quickly install and configure a high influx of new devices

  4. Pay special attention to protecting IT services, particularly with a high influx of new staff members

  5. Ensure current security solutions provide the ability to purchase enough licences for increasing numbers of devices, it is important to have security profiles, policies and licenses in advance so that they can be added to new devices when needed

To discover more information on Kaspersky’s cybersecurity services, click here!

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

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VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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