In a statement on Tuesday, the company said the free licences would be for four products:
- Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced — our main solution for protecting workstations and servers;
- Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus — a cloud version of the solution for workstations that protects businesses without placing additional load on IT resources;
- Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365 — protection for Microsoft Office 365 collaboration services; and
- Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security (Enterprise Server) — a product that allows one to secure virtual and cloud environments.
In a blog post, Kaspersky's Nikolay Pankov said cyber criminals were treating the ongoing coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to make money and medical organisations, which were in the forefront of looking after those affected by the disease, needed infrastructure protection.
"It hasn’t disclosed details of the incident, but hospital representatives say the attack caused database problems," Pankov wrote.
"The hospital can examine patients, but cannot save medical data to the server, and the clinic had to cancel several operations and redirect patients to other institutions."
Pankov said any institution that wished to take advantage of the offer could contact local resellers or a local Kaspersky office.