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NTT has offered to provide cyber security services to hospitals battling Covid-19 in Singapore at no cost, in response to increased attacks targeting the healthcare sector.

Aligned to World Health Day on 7 April, the global system integrator said cyber security incident response support is now available free of charge to “qualifying hospitals” for 60 days if an incident occurs, with the city-state included alongside the UK and Ireland, Europe, North America and Australia.

Despite a lack of clarity on what meets the criteria of a “qualifying hospital”, the service will first include a security assessment, followed by remote deployment of NTT’s incident response tools, alongside a focus on containment and remediation of the attack.

“Unfortunately malicious actors are launching cyber attacks that attempt to exploit panic, security vulnerabilities, and the fact that our hospitals are already under huge pressure,” said Matt Gyde, president and CEO of Security Division at NTT. “Hospitals across the globe need help to be able to respond to threats quickly as they carry out their hugely important work in the fight against coronavirus.”

Citing the provider’s Monthly Threat Report, Gyde said the market has witnessed a “significant increase” in cyber attacks in the wake of Covid-19, as hackers seek to exploit coronavirus-related panic, alongside vulnerabilities created by an increase in remote working.


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