Cloud Security, Network Security

CrowdStrike, Google partnership aims to deliver defense-in-depth for hybrid cloud environments

Urs Holzle, Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google, speaks on the Google Cloud Platform during a Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

CrowdStrike and Google Cloud on Monday announced a series of product integrations to deliver joint customers defense-in-depth security, deeper visibility and workload protection across a hybrid cloud environment.

The companies say the integrations will allow for more seamless sharing of telemetry and data between the two security platforms, helping maintain high levels of security across a customer’s entire cloud or hybrid environment. Under the new partnership, CrowdStrike will tightly integrate CrowdStrike Falcon with Google Cloud’s suite of security products, including Chronicle, VirusTotal Enterprise, and Google Cloud Security Command Center (SCC), helping security teams increase visibility of threats across cloud and hybrid deployments, and helping them act much more quickly to address them.

The new integrations between CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform and Google Cloud include the following:

  • Google Cloud’s security analytics engine Chronicle will integrate with CrowdStrike Falcon. Security teams can now correlate petabytes of data from Chronicle with datasets from Falcon, which will let them investigate long-term attacks and defend against new ones.
  • VirusTotal will integrate with CrowdStrike Falcon and be available via the CrowdStrike Store. Integrating VirusTotal with Falcon will also help customers  more effectively track adversaries and generate detection rules that can eliminate blind spots in their cloud and hybrid infrastructure.
  • Google Cloud’s SCC will aggregate alerts and events from CrowdStrike Falcon, which helps offer a single comprehensive view of security and compliance across a customer’s cloud environment. A unified management console should make it much easier for security teams to maintain visibility and control over their environment and more quickly prioritize violations and investigate alerts.
  • Google Cloud’s BeyondCorp Enterprise and Google Workspace will also integrate with Falcon Zero Trust Assessment, allowing joint customers to create and enforce granular access policies to applications using CrowdStrike’s unique risk signals. 

The CrowdStrike-Google partnership will help to bring an infrastructure view from Google Cloud together with visibility into end-points and workloads from CrowdStrike, said Mohit Tiwari, co-founder and CEO at Symmetry Systems.

“Increasingly, the main blind spot for such hybrid cloud security platforms is into data,” Tiwari said. “Data flows across workloads and cloud services and the challenge is that perfectly set up cloud- and workload-security does not always have visibility into the data.”

Hitesh Sheth, president and CEO at Vectra, added that cybersecurity poses too big a challenge for all the leading players to labor in isolation, so Sheth said it’s positive news. “I expect collaboration like this to yield more comprehensive, pervasive solutions,” Sheth said.

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