- Sucuri is offering one year of firewall services for free to those engaged in the management of the virus crisis.
- The special offer concerns mainly healthcare service providers, food banks, and medical technicians.
- Crooks are still hunting out there, taking advantage of the situation to launch opportunistic attacks.
Sucuri is joining in the effort to empower those who have responded to the Covid-19 outbreak, offering their Web Application Firewall (WAF) solution for one year without charging anything. The special offer concerns hospitals, physicians, emergency medical technicians, institutions, food banks, and other entities that could be deemed eligible. The Sucuri firewall can help those at risk right now to stop cyberattacks right at the door, mitigate traffic spikes that can cause service outages, and help control network traffic while assisting monitoring and analysis tools if needed.
If you are the administrator of a website that relates to crisis response, you may fill out the application form. For those who are operating ten or more websites, Sucuri can offer a special discount rate, so you should still schedule a call with them and discuss the offer. Those who already had an account with Sucuri and are currently having trouble paying for web protection services, they are urged to contact the firm’s billing team through the “support” section on the dashboard. Sucuri is putting the health of the people above all else right now, which underlines their robust ethical conduct.
Threat actors are looking for opportunities to make money, no matter the consequences that will have to be sustained by the victims. Some hacking groups have declared that they will stay away from health centers for as long as the outbreak remains uncontrolled, but there are still many crooks out there who don’t have any morals or continence. Attacking health institutes that can’t afford to stay offline right now makes the payment of ransoms urgent and non-negotiable. Hence, targets that are dealing with crises of this type are lucrative and easily succumbed.
Public message to ransomware gangs: Stay the f away from medical organizations. If you target hospital computer systems during the pandemic, we will use all of our resources to hunt you down.
— @mikko (@mikko) March 18, 2020
By deploying Sucuri’s WAF, the organizations can enjoy a regularly updated tool that runs on the latest threat definitions, protecting the websites from DDoS attacks and traffic surge problems. Sucuri is deploying the “Anycast” content delivery network (CDN) to store copies of a website on a large number of PoPs (points of presence) and then delivers the content via the nearest point. Even during high-traffic conditions like these that most online healthcare platforms go through right now, using Sucuri’s WAF can speed things up by an average of 70%. So, this is not only about protecting your website, but also about making it more responsive and able to handle the increased traffic loads.