Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), CrowdStrike, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRWD), Netskope, and Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT) today announced the companies are coordinating to help organizations implement an integrated, zero trust security strategy required to protect today’s dynamic and remote working environments.
COVID-19 has ignited a rapid shift to remote work, moving people and assets outside the confines of a traditional perimeter. This evolving threat landscape has increased the opportunities for targeted attacks, presenting security teams with a complex set of challenges rooted in disparate systems and data, a wider range of managed and unmanaged endpoints, and end-user access to hundreds of applications required for everyday work. According to Okta’s Businesses@Work (from Home) report, phishing attacks have increased more than 600% since the end of February and peripherally, the FBI issued a warning against these and other COVID-19 scams. Against this high-risk backdrop, security and IT teams are finding themselves urgently deploying stronger security solutions without the practical guidance needed for execution.
Okta, CrowdStrike, Netskope, and Proofpoint are enabling security and IT professionals with the knowledge and integrated product solutions they need to manage security for distributed work environments which are quickly becoming permanent due to the pandemic. Together, these technologies represent four best-of-breed solutions that form the core pillars of a modern, comprehensive security architecture. The companies will offer integrated solutions, advanced insights, and reference architectures, in addition to implementation best practices, accounting for end-user, device, network, and data security, demonstrating the fundamental components of a modern zero trust approach.
“In the face of the changing way in which we work, it has become unequivocally critical to adopt the right long-term security strategies for a remote-first workforce,” said David Bradbury, Chief Security Officer, Okta. “Data, assets, and employees are only going to continue to shift further from the office perimeter, making it the responsibility of security leaders to know and be able to explain to their boards who has access to what information, where it’s being stored, and how it’s being encrypted. By further enhancing our integrations with CrowdStrike, Netskope, and Proofpoint, organizations of any size can benefit from a complete understanding of how to implement a modern, identity-centric, zero trust security ecosystem to meet their immediate needs accelerated by the pandemic, and arguably just as important, to future-proof for what’s ahead.”
“One of the unexpected outcomes of COVID-19 was that it served as a litmus test for where organizations stood in their digital transformation journey. As ‘work from anywhere’ becomes the norm, IT teams will look to minimize business interruptions and exposure to threats with cloud-native solutions that scale quickly in any environment,” said Amol Kulkarni, Chief Product Officer, CrowdStrike. “CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform was purpose-built in the cloud to allow customers to easily and remotely deploy, manage, and protect their workloads at scale irrespective of where their workforce is located. We are proud to partner with cloud leaders Okta, Proofpoint, and Netskope to assist IT teams in implementing a zero trust strategy that uses the endpoint posture as a critical piece in enabling conditional access and moves beyond the network perimeter to secure dynamic work environments.”
“All of the flux and forced mobility as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic means that security teams are evolving and transforming rapidly to keep their sensitive data safe, while also trying to understand what the ‘new normal’ looks like for running their business outside of the traditional office and on-premises security perimeter,” said Lamont Orange, Chief Information Security Officer, Netskope. “Netskope’s security cloud platform provides unrivaled visibility and real-time data and threat protection when accessing cloud services, websites, and private apps from anywhere, on any device. And we’ve extended our value to customers through integrations with best-of-breed partners to protect endpoint devices and intelligently extend identity-based governance and compliance.”
“People are the primary targets for attackers, especially as more users are working remotely,” said Ryan Kalember, Executive Vice President of Cybersecurity Strategy, Proofpoint. “Zero trust helps ensure the compromise of a single user doesn’t turn into a much bigger breach. Our people-centric approach delivers protection against today’s complex people-targeted attacks, defending against phishing, malware, and cloud account compromise. We mitigate the most critical security risks with deep visibility into highly targeted users, as well as provide vital awareness training to build user resilience.”
Okta is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people to the right technologies at the right time. With over 6,500 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely use the best technologies for their business. Nearly 8,400 organizations, including Engie, JetBlue, Nordstrom, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Teach for America, T-Mobile and Twilio, trust Okta to help protect the identities of their workforces and customers.
CrowdStrike® Inc. (Nasdaq: CRWD), a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining security for the cloud era with an endpoint protection platform built from the ground up to stop breaches. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform’s single lightweight-agent architecture leverages cloud-scale artificial intelligence (AI) and offers real-time protection and visibility across the enterprise, preventing attacks on endpoints on or off the network. Powered by the proprietary CrowdStrike Threat Graph®, CrowdStrike Falcon correlates over 3 trillion endpoint-related events per week in real time from across the globe, fueling one of the world’s most advanced data platforms for security.
The Netskope security cloud provides unrivaled visibility and real-time data and threat protection when accessing cloud services, websites, and private apps from anywhere, on any device. Only Netskope understands the cloud and delivers data-centric security from one of the world’s largest and fastest security networks, empowering the largest organizations in the world with the right balance of protection and speed they need to enable business velocity and secure their digital transformation journey. Reimagine your perimeter with Netskope.
About Proofpoint, Inc.
Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT) is a leading cybersecurity company that protects organizations’ greatest assets and biggest risks: their people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies around the world stop targeted threats, safeguard their data, and make their users more resilient against cyber attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 1000, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance solutions that mitigate their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media, and the web. More information is available at www.proofpoint.com.
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