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Leuven-based cybersecurity company Sweepatic provides free help to the health care sector

Cybercrime has increased due to the COVID-19 crisis and UZ Leuven wants to make itself even more cyber-resistant based on the insights of the Sweepatic platform.

Leuven, Belgium – June 2, 2020 – Targeted cybercrime against healthcare providers and medical institutions has increased since the coronavirus outbreak. More than ever it is necessary to maintain excellent cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity company Sweepatic offers a free platform license to help hospitals in these challenging times.

Stijn Vande Casteele, founder and CEO of Sweepatic:

"A cyber attack on an already overwhelmed hospital with COVID-19 could significantly disrupt medical procedures with disastrous results. Sweepatic wants to contribute and help hospitals become more cyber resilient."

Since COVID-19, digitization has increased dramatically in many organizations, leading to larger, complex and more exposed online footprints. The unique and fully automated Sweepatic platform generates actionable insights to proactively help and inform customers so that they become more resilient to cyber attacks. It does this by setting up a very extensive exploration from the outside, so that redundant websites, outdated software and the like can be detected and cleaned up. In this way, criminals can find less and they are very discouraged.

Reinoud Reynders, IT manager infrastructure & operations UZ Leuven:

"We are happy with this offer. At UZ Leuven we have a well-developed and strict cybersecurity. During the corona period, we saw no increase in cybercrime, but due to the increased demand for digital communication, it was all hands on deck for the hospital's IT department. With the Sweepatic platform license, our own security specialists can easily test their security solutions. An external partner looks at our IT infrastructure from the outside with a different and extra pair of eyes. It is interesting and instructive for us to compare the findings of Sweepatic with our existing insight, because in IT security it is important to make your attack surface as small as possible so that you make it a bit more difficult for the hackers."

About UZ Leuven

As the largest university hospital in Belgium, UZ Leuven wants to push boundaries by combining specialized care and innovative treatments with human attention and respect for every patient. Nearly 10,000 passionate employees provide the best customized care every day. Future healthcare providers and employees receive high-quality training at UZ Leuven, with a view to lifelong learning and innovation. As a pioneer in clinical research, the hospital is also thinking of tomorrow’s patient care.

About Sweepatic

Sweepatic is a Leuven-based cyber security company operating on a global scale making our customers cyber resilient. Our innovative cloud platform maps, monitors and manages attack surfaces across the world producing high impact insights and easy-to-remediate findings.

Link to the full press release: [English version] or [Dutch version].