In the wake of COVID-19, uncertainty prevails around us. Businesses have now evolved to a new model of remote working. Work from home has become a norm rather than a privilege of few. This brings with it a new set of challenges for protecting data with such a diverse remote workforce. WFH phase is making employees left unarmed and vulnerable to hackers.
IT security vendors are extending their support in this fight and here are some tools that you can deploy right now without worrying about budgets.
IBM’s free security solutions for remote work support
IBM Security is offering a number of solutions and extended, with no-charge access to technologies to help businesses alter their operations and security programs to protect remote employees from hackers capitalizing on COVID-19 uncertainty, and address critical security needs.
“Effective March 18, 2020, IBM is providing no charge access to MaaS360 UEM and IBM Cloud Identity IAM for all customers, even new ones. IBM Security MaaS360 with Watson UEM, IBM Cloud Identity, and IBM Security Services professionals helps in remote monitoring, access controlling, infrastructure and device device security,” Vaidyanathan R Iyer, security software leader, IBM India/South Asia said.
Kaspersky makes B2B offerings free
To help medical organizations cope with the unprecedented pressure and help relieve cybersecurity risks that may arise during this pandemic, Kaspersky has made its B2B 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 – Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus – and protection for Microsoft Office 365 – Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365.
“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. In order to help these organizations focus on what matters most, we now offer healthcare institutions free licenses for key Kaspersky corporate products for a six month period,” Evgeniya Naumova, VP – Global Sales Network, Kaspersky said.
Juniper Networks offers free access to core products
Juniper Networks is offering several of its products free for up to 60 days for companies. These include vSRX Virtual Firewall and Threat Prevention; Advanced Juniper Next-Generation Firewall Services; and Corero Threat Defense Director DDoS.
“We are the core of several telecom companies and ICT infrastructures, and we work towards ensuring security and continuity of businesses. Our global services team is also prioritizing support for medical, healthcare and senior care customers, with free premium support services. The threat landscape is ever-evolving, and against the backdrop of the COVID-19 situation, companies need to have the right mix of technology and cybersecurity practices to safeguard against real-time attacks,” Juniper Networks Spokesperson said.
To help healthcare facilities to focus on helping patients, Juniper is also offering a free secure “pop up Wi-Fi network” kit for any temporary COVID-19 testing facility. Initially available in the US, Canada and the UK, this kit includes free Mist wireless Access Points, cloud-hosted operations with an AI-driven network and an SRX firewall to ensure a secure and reliable connection that can be set up quickly and easily.
Cyber range training from Cyberbit
Cyberbit, which conducts hyper-realistic cyber attack simulations for training cybersecurity practitioners, is providing $100,000 worth of free cloud-based remote cybersecurity training on their Cyber Range to help organizations challenged with maintaining training continuity for their IT security teams as a result of recent lockdown and social distancing.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, training for SoC staff worldwide has been put on hold. Travel to training courses is no longer an option and remote team members’ skill levels have been gradually deteriorating.
“The remote training exercises consist of live cyberattack simulations in a virtual SOC hosted in Cyberbit’s cloud-based Cyber Range. Trainees connect to Cyberbit Range from their home and practice responding to the simulated attacks using real-world, commercial security tools, as they’d use at work,” Adi Dar, CEO, Cyberbit highlighted.
WiJungle provides free firewall and other software license
Firewall maker WiJungle is extending the licenses of its products and services by a month to offer some cushion to customers.
“Till May15, we are offering an initial 1 month extra license on the annual purchase of both software and appliance offering(Nextgen firewall) of WiJungle. Also in software, we are offering 1 month free usage as well to all the industry verticals. It can be set up quickly, scales cost-effectively to thousands of remote workers, integrates seamlessly with existing network hardware, and provides a simple experience for office workers who are working from home for the first time,”Karmesh Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder, WiJungle said.
K7 Computing offers free solutions
Indian cyber security firm K7 Computing is offering free access to its enterprise security products till the end of the lockdown.
“We are helping businesses with free cyber security solutions until this crisis ends. The full versions of its Windows, Android, and Enterprise Endpoint security products are available at no cost to ensure that all users and businesses remain cybersafe during this period,”J Kesavardhanan, Founder & CEO, K7 Computing said.
Word of caution
As cyber security vendors are giving free offers, there’s still a risk of human failure and other challenges. While highlighting some precautions for businesses to follow, Sean Ryan, Senior Analyst, Forrester adds,“First, businesses need to ensure that they have high availability in place for MFA and that it is turned on and configured properly. Account for differences in vendor support for cloud vs. on-premises applications. The latter may require you to invest in additional infrastructure, depending on your MFA vendor. Get service-level agreements in place, or other written assurances, from your MFA vendor for uptime, including for extreme cases such as a pandemic. As noted above, rolling out a backup MFA system from a separate vendor is expensive and difficult. Therefore, identify your most critical apps and users — those that would have a significant impact on your business if down for days or even hours — and build MFA redundancy for those.”