CrowdStrike Inc., a provider of cloud-based endpoint and workload protection, announced the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has selected it as one of the major platforms to support the Executive Order endpoint detection and response initiative.
CrowdStrike brings cloud-native AI-driven power of the CrowdStrike Falcon platform to secure critical endpoints and workloads for the CISA and multiple other civilian agencies and directly operationalize Executive Order (EO) 14028, the landmark guidance that unifies a number of initiatives and policies to strengthen the U.S. national and Federal Government cybersecurity posture.
Through the combination of CrowdStrike’s technology, real-time threat intelligence on shifting adversary tradecraft and elite threat hunting, the CISA will strengthen its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program and advance its mission of securing civilian “.gov” networks and leading the national effort to understand and manage cyber and physical risk to critical infrastructure.
“CISA is on the front lines when it comes to defending our country’s most critical assets against the endless and evolving threats that nation-state and eCrime adversaries present,” said George Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer of CrowdStrike, in a statement. “Improving our nation’s defenses and cyber resiliency requires strong collaboration between the government and the private sector. This partnership will arm CISA and government agencies with CrowdStrike’s powerful technology and elite human expertise to stop sophisticated attacks and protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.”
CrowdStrike Falcon is FedRAMP authorized and enables agencies to detect and automatically prevent cyberattacks. Powered by the Security Cloud and delivered through a single cloud-native agent, CrowdStrike delivers protection at scale, reducing complexity and driving down operational costs, while empowering CISA security teams with hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, and elite threat hunting.
Leveraging funds appropriated from The White House’ American Rescue Plan, CISA and CrowdStrike will enhance the value of CDM Defend – the next iteration of Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program to deliver operational security capabilities through a single integrated platform.
EO 14028 embraces some concepts which CrowdStrike introduced to the marketplace over the past decade – concepts that have become cybersecurity best practices for the private sector’s most technologically advanced businesses.
The Executive Order calls for the mandating of government entities to embrace cybersecurity tools and concepts such as threat hunting, EDR and IT modernization, and to prioritize the adoption of cloud technologies. The expanded partnership between CISA and CrowdStrike operationalizes these concepts as the two organizations look to rapidly strengthen public-private collaboration and cyber resiliency, according to statement by CrowdStrike.
CrowdStrike is also one of the initial industry partners within CISA’s newly launched Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, which will work to unify the cyber capabilities currently spread out across multiple federal agencies, many state and local governments, and countless private sector entities.
CrowdStrike will work with the CISA and other partners to develop proactive and rapid response plans to better inform cyber risk management, and enhance a more unified defense against adversaries through intelligence sharing.