At this time of extreme anxiety due to the chaos COVID-19 pandemic raging across the globe, cybersecurity firm K7 Computing has responded by committing to protect the public by giving its cybersecurity products for use at no cost.
This COVID-19 crisis has been leading to several opportunities for cybercriminals to wreak havoc, exploiting employees’ situation of working from home, and the vulnerabilities in the security protections. This has led to a plethora of cybersecurity incidents that are being reported in several parts of the world. These security products are for laptops, desktops and Android mobiles, and endpoint protection in the organisations.
According to Kesavardhanan J, the founder of K7 Computing, the company has been aiming to contribute to the cyber safety of all consumers and SME’s during this critical time of coronavirus pandemic. He said, “The products they are designing will keep the users protected in the current omnipresent digital world.”
Due to the current 21-day lockdown, businesses and employees have been forced to work from home, which makes them rely on the security of their internet connections to keep businesses and services running, which make them more vulnerable to cyberattacks. According to reports, there is a 30% increase in cyberattacks with 1,756 blocked malicious instances, specifically using the COVID-19 theme.
In an effort to ensure the cybersafety of the employees and the businesses, the company has made its globally-popular and most-awarded cybersecurity products — K7 Total Security and K7 Mobile Security completely free for users, and K7 Cloud Endpoint Security free for SMEs in the country for as long as required. “We are also extending this to every COVID affected country worldwide,” said Kesavardhanan.
He further stated that this is a sudden change for Indian employees to work from home, which in turn is raising the likelihood of digital vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. Similarly, many organisations, particularly hospitals which are under duress, are more likely to pay ransoms in the event of a ransomware attack. “As a responsible cybersecurity protector of the country, K7 feel the need to ensure that everyone is safe in the cyber world. We don’t want cyberattacks to impact the Indian economy further, adding even more stress to individuals and SMEs across every nook and corner of the country,” concluded Kesavardhanan.
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