UPDATED 06:00 EDT / MARCH 17 2022

SECURITY

Cloudflare and CrowdStrike expand relationship with zero trust platform integration

Cloudflare Inc. and CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. today announced that they were expanding their existing relationship with Cloudflare integrating its zero trust platform with CrowdStrike Falcon Zero Trust Assessment.

The integration of the two products is pitched as giving joint customers simple and robust controls to ensure employees have secure access to applications wherever they are working. Through this integration, Cloudflare and CrowdStrike bring together their technologies to provide joint customers with zero-trust security capabilities that are claimed to be unmatched in the industry.

The problem being addressed through the integration of the two products is a real one — the need to adopt a zero-trust security posture. As noted by Kate Adam, senior director of security product marketing at Juniper Networks Inc. in December, zero trust has risen in prominence amid the shift to remote work, so networks are no longer castles — if they ever were.

As employees continue to work from anywhere and businesses continue to navigate the transition to a hybrid approach to work, security teams are moving away from legacy security architecture toward a zero-trust approach.

Through the integration, customers of both Cloudflare and CrowdStrike can enable secure conditional access to applications from any endpoint, regardless of the user or location. Cloudflare Zero Trust Network Access and Cloudflare Secure Web Gateway are now integrated directly with CrowdStrike’s real-time device posture assessments – Falcon ZTA – to strengthen the zero-trust posture of joint customers.

Customers of both can identify and mitigate threats with threat intelligence, since Cloudflare is part of CrowdStrike’s CrowdXDR Alliance. The alliance combines insights from Cloudflare’s global network insights, spanning more than 250 cities and blocking an average of 86 billion cyberthreats each day, with CrowdStrike’s endpoint data to help mutual customers identify and stop cyberattacks.

The integration also offers enhanced visibility with logs. Customers can correlate their Cloudflare logs with CrowdStrike’s EDR telemetry for timely detection and mitigation of sophisticated threats.

Finally, the integration also offers rapid support in under attack situations. CrowdStrike is an incident response partner of Cloudflare, and during an incident or attack, the companies work together to help get customers’ web properties and networks back online.

“Every business needs to protect users and teams no matter where they are or how they’re working,” John Graham-Cumming, chief technology officer at Cloudflare, said in a statement. “Cloudflare’s Zero Trust platform delivers comprehensive protection to organizations of all sizes. Now we’re making it even easier for joint customers of Cloudflare and CrowdStrike to benefit from new combined security features for the connect-from-anywhere economy.”

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