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Cloudflare Launches Zero Trust Security Program for Critical Infrastructure Orgs

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Cloudflare, a content delivery network and distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation company, has announced the Project Safekeeping program to provide zero trust security solutions free of charge to small and medium-sized critical infrastructure organizations.

Project Safekeeping Explained

Project Safekeeping is designed to protect under-resourced critical infrastructure organizations against cyberattacks and data breaches, Cloudflare said. It provides eligible critical infrastructure organizations with free access to Cloudflare's zero trust security services and application security products.

Meanwhile, Project Safekeeping participants can access a variety of security capabilities, including:

  • Real-time verification of application end-users
  • Secure web gateway (SWG) that filters unwanted content from web traffic, blocks unauthorized user behavior and enforces an organization's security policies
  • Cloud access security broker (CASB) that protects an organization's data through access control and data loss prevention, identifies shadow IT instances and ensures an organization complies with data privacy regulations
  • Data loss prevention (DLP) that secures an organization's data in transit
  • Protecting against phishing, business email compromise (BEC) attacks, malware-less fraud and other email-based threats

Project Safekeeping is open to nonprofit entities, local government entities and small and medium-sized private organizations that primarily focus on providing services that are "vital to their communities' health, safety and basic economic needs," Cloudflare said. It is currently available to critical infrastructure organizations in Australia, Germany, Japan, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Free Zero Trust Security Services for Public Interest Groups, Election Sites

The Project Safekeeping news comes after Cloudflare in December 2022 began offering its Cloudflare One zero trust security tools for free to at-risk public interest groups part of the company's Project Galileo initiative and local and state election sites part of its Athenian Project. In doing so, Project Galileo and Athenian Project participants can use these tools to protect against phishing attacks and guard against accidental or malicious data loss, the company stated.

Organizations can use Cloudflare's security services and solutions to protect their networks and develop and maintain a zero trust architecture. Cloudflare has launched multiple initiatives and programs to help organizations of all sizes improve their security posture.

The company looks poised to continue to enhance these initiatives and programs and create new ones to extend its global cybersecurity market reach.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.