NHS offered AI software free of charge by cyber security firm

Darktrace announcement helps health trusts defend their IT systems during coronavirus pandemic

Cyber crime has increased since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Darktrace has announced that it will be offering its cyber AI software to the NHS for free of charge to help defend IT systems from cyber attacks during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The company made the announcement amid a rise in opportunistic hackers, who aim to exploit the chaos caused by the pandemic to compromise critical systems.

“This announcement from Darktrace is very welcome, as it is crucial that the NHS’s digital systems remain resilient to cyber attacks during this period,” said Craig York, chief technology officer at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

“At Milton Keynes University Hospital, Darktrace’s AI is fundamental in helping us defend our network against attacks, because it autonomously responds to security incidents before they do damage.”

Poppy Gustafsson, chief executive of Darktrace, added: “We have seen a surge in cyber attacks sweeping across organisations since the outbreak began.

“We know that the NHS cannot afford any disruption as it is on the frontline of the fight against the virus.

“Given the current crisis, Darktrace is proud to offer its world-leading AI cyber security technology to NHS trusts free of charge to help protect patient data and the provision of critical services.”

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