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Beyond the Perimeter 2023: Context-driven Security for Comprehensive Zero Trust Protection - Part 2

May 04, 2023 - 3 min read

On Tuesday, April 11, Zscaler and CrowdStrike hosted Beyond the Perimeter 2023, the third edition of our security transformation series. The event showcased how joint customers of Zscaler and CrowdStrike are able to leverage the incredible security partnership to deliver true Zero Trust, thanks to the transformative power of context-aware security. In this post, we’ll examine the technical and business breakout sessions from the Beyond the Perimeter (BTP) event, which detailed how this works at a granular level. In this post, we recap the event’s technical and business breakout sessions.


Takeaway: Shared intelligence gives security teams new superpowers

Beyond the Perimeter participants who chose the technical track experienced a deep dive into how the CrowdStrike and Zscaler integration improves security and operations across users, devices, networks and applications. Eddie Parra, Zscaler Global Lead & Senior Director, Solution Architecture and Rohan Upalekar, Zscaler Solutions Architect, joined Chris Kachigian, CrowdStrike Vice President, Global Solution Architecture, for the session. 

Trust, connectivity, and security are still evolving, and minimizing the attack surface remains a top priority. An engaging demonstration showed how Zscaler Private Access and Zscaler Internet Access work with CrowdStrike’s Zero Trust Assessment to bring risk-based context to device posture, so enterprises can confidently provide access—secure access to internet apps, SaaS, and private apps. 

Additionally, Zscaler recently built an integration between the two solutions to help prevent lateral movement by threat actors. Zscaler Deception technology deploys decoys to lure attackers and identify threats, sharing intelligence with the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform to provide organizations with advanced zero-day threat detection and faster threat remediation to prevent lateral movement.

Finally, participants learned how CrowdStrike Falcon Insight XDR leverages high-fidelity telemetry from Zscaler to stop cyberthreats faster and more effectively, including cross-domain detections and automatic cross-platform workflow responses. Extended endpoint and network visibility across their ecosystems helps joint customers thwart even the most sophisticated attacks with rapid threat detection and response. 


Takeaway: Strong, cloud-first security improves business outcomes

Attendees who chose the business track were rewarded with a deep dive into the operational benefits of the Zscaler-CrowdStrike integration, courtesy of Tina Thorstenson, CrowdStrike VP, Industry Business Unit, Mike Murphy, Zscaler VP, Value Consulting & Sales Enablement, and Edmée Ernoult, Zscaler Value Creation Advisor.

Steadily increasing activity from threat actors, and a massive uptick in China-nexus espionage, are making business challenging for organizations. The CrowdStrike® Falcon OverWatchTM team measures breakout time, and the CrowdStrike 2023 Global Threat Report noted the average breakout time for interactive eCrime intrusion activity declined from 98 minutes in 2021 to 84 minutes in 2022. CrowdStrike focuses on making every second count when it comes to empowering customers to minimize costs and other damages caused by attackers. If defenders (enterprises) hope to defeat their adversaries (cybercriminals), they need to drastically cut their threat response time, as expressed by the emerging standard “1/10/60” security rule. 

The 1/10/60 rule is a best-practices security goal that says you should be able to detect an attack in one minute, investigate it in ten minutes, and respond in 60 minutes. 

To get there, organizations need a security platform that continuously prioritizes business risk and reliably stops breaches—a priority Zscaler and CrowdStrike work together to provide. Reducing cost and complexity is another business priority, in the current economic environment, and joint customers who’ve deployed the Zscaler and CrowdStrike integrations gain business efficiencies including cost and operational savings, risk reduction, and faster time to value.

Specifically, IT investments and personnel costs are a major cost consideration, including the ongoing costs of patching outdated infrastructure. But modernizing that infrastructure instead, with a cloud-first solution, can make SOCs more efficient, reduce maintenance tasks, and free IT teams to refocus on strategic projects. Zscaler and CrowdStrike’s deep integrations increases operational efficiency for any organization, letting enterprises do more with less, securing the business while enabling true digital transformation.

For more details or to watch a recording of Beyond the Perimeter 2023, click here 

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