CrowdStrike, EY take on ransomware with cyber partnership
As ransomware attacks continue to gain both momentum and sophistication, EY is stepping up its cybersecurity readiness and resilience by furthering its partnership with CrowdStrike, a leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection and workload protection, announcing CrowdStrike as its preferred cybersecurity technology platform.
A global cybersecurity leader, CrowdStrike is redefining security for the cloud era with an endpoint and workload protection platform build from the ground up to stop breaches.
Already existing partners, this expansion of the alliance will integrate cybersecurity operations and risk management to help enterprises worldwide up their security posture and bolster their business resilience.
The strengthened partnership will deliver services to even more global locations, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and Italy, and will include new offerings, such as Ransomware Readiness and Resilience, Incident Response (IR), Recovery and Remediation, and the acceleration of Zero Trust capabilities.
“The threat of cybersecurity attacks remains top of mind for EY clients and the expanded global alliance with CrowdStrike will be invaluable as they continue navigating increasing cyber threats,” says Dave Burg, EY Americas cybersecurity leader.
Ransomware attacks on the rise
One of the key areas of focus for the partnership is the new offer of Ransomware Readiness and Resilience Solution in the fight against ransomware attacks, where cybercriminals hold your computer data or network hostage until a ransom is paid.
Ransomware attacks are a serious and growing threat for businesses, both in scale and severity, and isn’t just about fraud and theft of money or data, but also the loss of key services for business with such attacks taking advantage of security gaps at multiple levels and affect everything from small businesses up to global organisations.
In fact, the FBI has reported that the number of complaints about cyberattacks to its Cyber Division is up as many as 4,000 a day since the start of the pandemic, a 400% increase, while ransomware attacks are up 800%.
“We continue to hear from our customers that dangerous cyber actors threaten the livelihood of their business operations,” says Shawn Henry, CrowdStrike chief security officer. “CrowdStrike and EY have teamed up to offer our joint customers market-leading technology paired with leading transformational consulting services to aid organizations and positively impact their business objectives through the prioritization of cybersecurity.”
The Ransomware Readiness and Resilience solution combines EY Next-Generation Security Operations and Response (NGSO&R) services with the CrowdStrike Falcon platform, whose single lightweight-agent architecture leverages cloud-scale AI and offers real-time protection and visibility across the enterprise, preventing attacks on endpoints and workloads on or off the network.
This solution, designed to “address growing concerns regarding ransomware and how to manage a potential incident”, says Burg, provides industry-leading protection and detection capabilities with cyber threat intelligence and 24/7 threat hunting to offer a leading solution in the fight against ransomware attacks. So, how does it work? It offers immediate, real-time visibility into an enterprise’s environment, identifying and eliminating potential compromises and curtailing silent failure.
Recovery, remediation, zero trust adoption
A further new solution courtesy of the partnership is offering customers a broad approach to respond quickly and precisely in the wake of an incident. Incident Response, Recovery and Remediation helps customers rapidly contain an attack and recover from a breach with speed and surgical precision, using the threat intelligence and real-time response capabilities of CrowdStrike’s technology and services along with EY’s proactive and reactive incident response plans.
And EY and CrowdStrike have integrated the acceleration of Zero Trust adoption, leveraging CrowdStrike Falcon’s Zero Trust solutions to process trillions of events in real-time and continuously validate the access of resources for all users, devices and applications, regardless of the location.
Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR
The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.”
NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well.
2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer.