CrowdStrike: The New Standard in Endpoint Protection

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George Kurtz, CEO and Founder, CrowdStrikeGeorge Kurtz, CEO and Founder The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s “Silver Arrows,” hit the Formula One tracks with their racers. Cars steering at the top-speed, spectators at the stadium welcomed by a screen of dust, brakes squealing in protest and the familiar smell of burning tires against asphalt that leaves the senses reeling. What they don’t see however is the simulation measuring about 18,000 channels of data that the team relies on. These are measured off the car and are telemetered back to the engineers at the track. In parallel to that, and to support that operation at the factory, all of the trackside operations are connected to it with high-speed data links.

Thus, data is a crucial part of the company’s intellectual property and controlling. As the Silver Arrows, zoom in towards the finish line, ‘behind the curtain’, helping them achieve this feat is CrowdStrike. By delivering an intelligence report which informs Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport about potential threats on the track, and how to deal with them, CrowdStrike delivers visibility with an easy to install and secure cloud-based portal. Having CrowdStrikeas a partner gives Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport gives them the confidence they need to be protected as they go forward.

“We don’t have a mission statement We are on a mission to protect our customers from breaches

Such has been CrowdStrike’s success, that the company has been collaborating with many other similar high-profile clients. Based out of Sunnyvale, California, the company has been instrumental in providing endpoint security, threat intelligence, and cyberattack response services. As the leader in cloud-delivered next-generation endpoint protection, CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by being the first and only company to unify next-generation antivirus (AV), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service. The company delivers all these solutions via a single lightweight agent, CrowdStrike Falcon. The solution protects customers against all cyberattack types, using sophisticated signatureless AI and Indicator-of Attack (IoA) based threat prevention to stop known and unknown threats in real time. Powered by the CrowdStrike Threat Graph™, Falcon instantly correlates 2 trillion security events a week from across the globe to immediately prevent and detect threats. “We don’t have a mission statement-We are on a mission to protect our customers from breaches”, says George Kurtz, CEO and Founder, CrowdStrike.

Making Predictive Security a Reality

CrowdStrike Falcon X™ solution delivers critical intelligence to cyber protection teams struggling to respond to security alerts and lacking the time and expertise in emerging threats.
It does so while eliminating the resource-draining complexity of incident investigations. Falcon X is the only solution to truly integrate threat intelligence into endpoint protection, automatically performing investigations, speeding response, and enabling security teams to move from a reactive to a predictive, proactive state.

We offer a compelling value proposition enabling a company of 10 employees to have the same level of service and protection as a fortune 100 company government agency

With the unique cloud-native CrowdStrike Falcon platform as a foundation, cyber protection teams can now automatically analyze malware found at endpoints, find related samples from the industry’s largest malware search engine, and enrich the results with customized threat intelligence. This closed-loop system provides security teams with custom indicators of compromise (IOCs) to share with their other security tools as well as intelligence reporting that tells the complete story of the attack. With a complete understanding of the attack, the team is empowered to respond faster and orchestrate proactive counter measures across the organization.

Falcon X and integrated threat intelligence is the next phase in endpoint protection. It takes antivirus and endpoint detection and response alerts to the next level by not only showing what happened on the endpoint, but also revealing the, “who, why and how,” behind the attack. Understanding the threat at this level is the key to getting ahead of future attacks and raising the cost to the adversary. Falcon X enables customers of all sizes to better understand the threats they face and improves the efficacy of their other security investments with actionable and customized intelligence to defend against future attacks, making proactive security a reality.

Exemplary Feature Sets

CrowdStrike provides a seamless endpoint Integration wherein they analyze high-impact threats taken directly from the endpoints that are protected by the CrowdStrike Falcon platform. Falcon X analysis is presented as part of the detection details of a Falcon endpoint protection alert. Security teams, regardless of size or skill level, will never miss an opportunity to learn from an attack in their environments. By automating each step of a cyber threat investigation and reduce analysis time from days to minutes their clients can save time, effort as well as money.

CrowdStrike threat intelligence provides actor attribution to expose the motives, tools and tradecraft of the attacker.
Practical guidance and proactive steps are prescribed so the team can deploy proactive countermeasures and get ahead of future attacks. In order to defend against the most relevant threats Falcon X delivers custom IOCs that are derived from the automated analysis of threats taken directly from the customers’ endpoints. Custom IOCs include protection against the threat just encountered plus related threats within the same campaign or malware family. This exclusive capability leads to a deeper understanding of the threat and a custom set of IOCs to defend against future attacks. Falcon X allows the client’s to expand their defences with real-time access to global IOCs delivered by CrowdStrike. Thus, the client’s can protect themselves against future attacks with IOCs that are easily consumed by their security infrastructure. A rich suite of APIs and pre-built tools enable easy orchestration with existing security solutions.

Falcon X is available in three versions. Firstly, the FALCON X which automatically investigates incidents and accelerate alert triage and response. Further, the FALCON X PREMIUM version adds threat intelligence reporting and research from CrowdStrike experts — enabling client’s to get ahead of nation-state, eCrime and hacktivist attacks. And the third version, the FALCON X ELITE expands the team with access to an intelligence analyst to help defend against threats targeting the organization.

Meeting the Regulatory Needs

CrowdStrike recognizes that compliance and certification frameworks are critical to any organization. The company helps meet these requirements, providing the client’s with confidence regarding the safe, smooth and compliant operation of their business. CrowdStrike Falcon on GovCloud is authorized under Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). CrowdStrike’s Authorization to Operate (ATO) at the Moderate Impact Level from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) supports the federal government’s efforts to modernize IT and streamline operations with cloud computing, by addressing the need for comprehensive endpoint protection delivered via the cloud. CrowdStrike seeks to simplify this process for federal entities through FedRAMP authorization. The firm offers platform and cloud security, intelligence subscription services, professional services, and more to organizations looking to achieve GDPR compliance.

Having catered to the world’s largest organizations, including three of the 10 largest global companies by revenue, five of the 10 largest financial institutions, three of the top 10 health care providers and three of the top 10 energy companies, CrowdStrike has indeed carved a unique niche for itself. “We offer a compelling value proposition enabling a company of 10 employees to have the same level of service and protection as a fortune 100 company government agency,” states Kurtz. Going ahead, CrowdStrike aims at offering better protection while eliminating on-premise infrastructure and consolidating the endpoint agents with an extensible platform that grows and adapts to your needs without adding complexity.
- Russell Thomas
    May 22, 2020
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George Kurtz, CEO and Founder

CrowdStrike is the leader in cloud-delivered next-generation endpoint protection. CrowdStrike has revolutionized endpoint protection by being the first and only company to unify next-generation antivirus (AV), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 managed hunting service — all delivered via a single lightweight agent. All cloud data is enriched with threat intelligence to provide a full picture of attacks and the context needed to pivot to a proactive security posture. External validation and accreditation is critically important to organizations that rely on CrowdStrike’s capabilities and technology to secure their data and comply with regulatory requirements.