#Privacy: Key workers offered a year of free cybersecurity software

As the COVID-19 pandemic develops, authorities around the world are recording increasing levels of cyberattacks against hospitals and other healthcare institutions.

In sync with an equally global rallying of support for workers in key areas of society, cybersecurity company Sucuri is offering firewall software to those on the front line. The offering is designed to bolster security against hackers and malicious actors, while boosting website load speeds in a time of international crisis.

Nefarious online parties often target medical service provider websites for ransomware attacks. These attacks can result in a lockdown of patient data or vital resources until a ransom is paid. It is likely these bad actors will also use the pandemic as an opportunity for these kinds of campaigns. Also, medical websites are experiencing surges in traffic as the public seeks information, which can result in website slowdowns.

Sucuri’s WAF is frequently updated with the latest and emerging threat definitions to block distributed denial of service (DDoS) and other attacks by bad actors. The WAF also mitigates traffic surges with the Anycast content delivery network (CDN). These two features will keep websites online and loading as quickly as possible if an attack or traffic surge were to happen. The software was also designed for users who must adhere to the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

“We want to help our medical crisis responders however we can,” said Krystle Herbrandson, general manager at Sucuri.

“By offering our services for free for one year, we can ensure their online presence will not be compromised during these critical times.”

Herbrandson noted that the Sucuri will also consider applications from food banks, government social services, and nonprofit volunteer services. Applications are now being accepted at https://sucuri.typeform.com/to/zg48b3.

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