Be it security software to protect medical teams from cyber security threats, or providing access to workplace apps to ease employees working from home, tech companies are rising to the challenge. We’ve rounded up some of the best offers that organisations and workers can take up today as the coronavirus crisis continues to escalate.
NEW* Access to Online Cloud Learning with Oracle
Oracle is a US-headquartered software company that sells tools and platforms engineered for the cloud.
People keen to gain cloud certifications can take advantage of free access to Oracle’s online learning content between now and 15 May.
Users, developers, technical professionals, architects, students and professors will have access to more than 50 hours of online training, and six certification exams. Users can get started by registering for an Oracle Single-Sign-On account.
*NEW* Free Mass-SMS Messaging with Vibes Notify
Vibes is a mobile marketing company that provides a set of messaging and marketing tools to help businesses communicate.
Essential businesses that need to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic can benefit from a free SMS messaging service through Vibes Notify.
The software aims to give large businesses the functionality to send SMS alerts for employees to notify them about essential updates relevant to their tasks, and the wider company. These messages can be distributed by location, internally en masse, or to several distinct groups of workers within a company.
*NEW* 90 Days of Free Tools and Services with IBM Public Cloud
The legacy computing giant has a sprawling presence in the industry, specialising in supercomputing, AI and the cloud.
IBM is providing free tools and systems that span AI, data, security, integration, and video, among others, through its IBM public cloud platform.
A wide array of services are being provided free for 90 days, with a ‘no-cost option’ also on the cards for organisations, especially SMBs, struggling to adapt to travel and remote working restrictions.
Businesses can take advantage of these tools and services by signing up for each and every tool in turn on the IBM website.
*NEW* Free AI Software for NHS Organisations with Darktrace
UK cyber security specialist Darktrace was established in 2013, and provides AI-powered cyber defences for a range of clients.
With hackers posing an increasingly potent threat to organisations across all sectors, but especially in the NHS, Darktrace is offering its cyber AI software free of charge.
The software is commonly deployed to protect business systems from the increasingly complex and dangerous cyber crime landscape. Although there are few details as for how long NHS services can benefit from the AI cyber security service, organisations interested can fire off an email to the company for more information.
*NEW* 90 Days of Remote Working Collaborative tools with Klaxoon
Klaxoon builds remote conferencing and workplace collaboration tools to get employees adapting quickly to working remotely.
For three months organisations can use Klaxoon’s remote working platform for free as they get their workforce to adapt to remote working.
The platform features tools to enable employers to run meetings, organise workshops and manage projects remotely across all devices. Users can register their interest on the Klaxoon platform, and benefit from immediate access to three months.
Free eLearning with CompTIA
Non-profit organisation CompTIA is a trade association that trains, upskills and issues professional certifications for IT workers.
CompTIA is providing free 30-day licenses for the CertMaster Learn eLearning course for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification. This is a pre-career certification that helps students and those keen to switch careers understand whether or not they have the capacity to take on a career in technology.
Enterprise security for the NHS with Kaspersky
The Russian-based cyber security company Kaspersky develops enterprise security products and antivirus systems for organisations.
For six months, the firm’s Endpoint Security Cloud Plus, Security for Microsoft Office 365, Endpoint Security for Business Advanced, and Hybrid Cloud Security platforms will be free for healthcare organisations. To obtain a license, representatives of medical organisations can contact local resellers or a local Kaspersky office directly.
ThousandEyes’ Global Internet Outages Map
Founded ten years ago, ThousandEyes is a network monitoring company that develops software that analyses performance of local and wide area networks.
A Global Internet Outages Map has been launched to provide a real-time visualisation for the state of the global internet health, based on ThousandEyes’ insights.
ImmuniWeb’s treasure trove of free security tools
The web security ImmuniWeb develops AI and machine learning-based tech for app security testing and attack surface management.
Businesses can apply for $500,000 worth of ImmuniWeb products to help migrate their employees to digital spaces. Eligible firms can use ImmuniWeb Discovery, ImmuniWeb On-Demand and ImmuniWeb Mobile Suite products to perform a host of tasks from assessing their attack perimeter to conducting audits of their web and mobile apps.
Full access to Banyan’s Zero Trust Security Platform
Banyan produces a flagship remote access platform for businesses in thrall to hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
To help businesses through the global crisis, Banyan is offering companies free full access to its Zero Trust Security Platform. This product offers customers secure remote access for users and applications through a singular platform, which is also scalable.
Six months of free Trend Micro Maximum Security
The multinational cyber security firm Trend Micro develops enterprise software for a wide range of systems including servers, containers and end points.
Trend Micro has offered six months of free access to its internet security product Maximum Security for employees forced to work from home using their personal computers. This is in addition to a one-month trial for Maximum Security for mobile devices.
.Businesses can sign up with Trend Micro website directly to receive product download URLs that can then be shared among employees.
Collaboration software with Stack Overflow
The developers’ Q&A site Stack Overflow gives programmers and coding enthusiasts a forum to learn and share their expertise.
The basic tier of Stack Overflow for Teams, a collaborative learning environment for development teams within businesses, is being made free for an unlimited number of users through to 30 June 2020.
Organisations can apply to use the service through the Stack Overflow website.
90 days of business insights with Panintelligence
The Leeds-based analytics company Panintelligence gives businesses insights, analytics and software to help with reporting.
Small businesses in Yorkshire, England can apply for a full version of Panintelligence’s flagship analytics suite for 90 days, which includes ten user licenses.
Businesses can leave their details with the Panintelligence website for a member of its software team to get back in touch with further details.
Digital mental health services for the NHS with Unmind
The workplace mental health and personal development platform Umind gives employees digital tools to manage their mental wellbeing.
All 1.5 million NHS workers have been granted free access to Unmind’s workplace mental health platform to manage their concerns and wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis.
Staff can register for free with the Unmind website, and no expiry date for access to these tools have been set.
Microsoft Teams for the NHS
The tech giant most known for its Windows operating systems also runs the Azure public cloud platform and develops enterprise and workplace software.
NHS staff can make use of Microsoft Teams to communicate with one another through audio and video calls, as well as chats, during the coronavirus outbreak to share advice and updates on patients.
NHS Digital is rolling Teams out to all NHSmail users, with organisations not using the NHSmail system also eligible for free access if they apply directly to Microsoft. They’ll also have access to NHS Digital’s NHSmail support platform for help with rolling out the platform.
Free VPN for 90 days with RingVPN
RingVPN offers an unlimited encryption service for secure and anonymous web browsing for a range of devices
RingVPN has made the first 90 days’ usage of its flagship service free of charge, and suggests it may extend this offer if the business disruption continues beyond. Organisations can register to receive the initial three-month cost-free subscription through the RingVPN website.
Free file protection with Acronis until July
The Singaporean firm Acronis develops on-premises and cloud software for backup, disaster recovery and secure file sync and share, and data access
The cyber protection firm Acronis has made its Cyber Files Cloud product free to all service providers until 31 July 2020, so they can help clients transition to remote working.
Three years of communications software with 3CX
The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) company 3CX develops unified communications (UC) software for organisations of all sizes.
All businesses and public sector bodies can take advantage of the standard edition of 3CX’s flagship VoIP software free of charge for a staggering three years. Unlimited employees can be registered with the service, too.
Organisations interested in registering for the free service can do so through a dedicated 3CX web page.
Free HR case management with Selenity
Selenity develops a range of cloud-based back-office software for organisations, spanning HR and finance to procurement and legal.
Selenity is offering free access to a segment of its ER Tracker software, an HR case management system, to help businesses track staff absences due to COVID-19 infections.
Large businesses with more than 500 employees can use ER Tracker CV-19 for a six-month trial period on a first-come, first-serve basis. The CV-19 addon is also being offered to its existing customers free of charge.
Free video conferencing with Lifesize
Lifesize is a video collaboration software developer that builds communication and productivity tools.
The platform allows unlimited hosts, meetings and call duration for video conferencing so businesses can more easily transition their workers into remote working. It’s compatible with iOS and Android as well as Windows and Mac devices, alongside in-browser functionality. Organisations of all sizes and all sectors are welcome to take up the offer, and can do so by singing up on the Lifesize website.
60 days of remote endpoint protection with Qualys
Qualys provides cloud security, IT and compliance services to businesses with real-time threat analysis.
Remote workers can keep their devices secure with a 60-day free trial of Qualys’ Remote Endpoint Protection service. The offer includes free instant security assessments, visibility and remote computer patching for corporate and personal PCs. Businesses of all sizes can apply for the 60-day trial by registering with the Qualys website.
Three months’ use of Dashlane’s premium password manager
The password and information security manager Dashlane builds a platform that doubles as a password repository and digital wallet
Dashlane is waiving the charge for the first three months of Dashlane Premium subscriptions for new individuals, as well as corporate accounts through Dashlane Business.
Companies of any size or sector can use a Dashlane Business account for 90 days free of charge for an unlimited number of employees by registering with the website. Dashlane will also send discount codes for individuals who have already signed up to use the free version.