Cloudflare Inc., CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. and Ping Identity Corp. today are teaming up to form the Critical Infrastructure Defense Project, a project that will provide free cybersecurity services to vulnerable industries.
The project is designed to enhance defenses against critical areas of enterprise risk. Under the project, eligible organizations will have access to the full suite of Cloudflare zero-trust security solutions, endpoint protection and intelligence services from CrowdStrike and zero-trust identity solutions from Ping Identity.
In addition, in collaboration with core partners across the public sector, the project will also offer an easy-to-follow roadmap that businesses in any industry can use to implement step-by-step security measures to defend themselves from cyberattacks.
The security features available to organizations through the Critical Infrastructure Defense Project provide a zero-trust model for securing networks, endpoints and identities of organizations and critical threat intelligence for teams at risk of attack. Hospitals and water and power utilities in the US are encouraged to apply to be part of the program.
The timing of the project comes as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues and, alongside that, a rise in hacking and cyberattacks. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency has issued multiple warnings about Russia targeting businesses.
Last month, CISA warned that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors were targeting defense contractors. In January, CISA warned that Russia could launch cyberattacks against US government and critical infrastructure operators ahead of Ukraine’s invasion.
“We rely on our infrastructure to power our homes, to provide access to water and basic necessities and to maintain critical access to healthcare,” Matthew Prince, co-founder and chief executive officer of Cloudflare, said in a statement. “That’s why it’s more important than ever for the security industry to band together and ensure that our most critical industries are protected and prepared.”
George Kurtz, co-founder and CEO of CrowdStrike noted that “this is the first and foremost public service initiative to secure the endpoints and data of some of the most important critical infrastructure entities in the country.”