Cloudflare, CrowdStrike and Ping Identity have announced a Critical Infrastructure Defense Project to provide free cybersecurity services to U.S. hospitals and water and power utilities. The project surfaces as MSSPs and other organizations explore ways to mitigate cyber risks amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine and various associated cyber threats.
The project provides eligible organizations with access to Cloudflare's zero trust solutions; endpoint protection, and intelligence services from CrowdStrike; and zero trust identity solutions from Ping Identity. The goal is to help organizations implement a zero trust model for securing their networks, endpoints and identities and threat intelligence.
In addition, the project offers a security roadmap to "implement step-by-step security measures to defend against cyberattacks."
The project is "in collaboration with core partners" across the public sector, though the three technology companies did not mention whether specific MSSPs and MSPs are involved in the effort.
How to Get Started with the Free Security Services
Organizations can use the following process to access the free security services from Cloudflare, CrowdStrike and Ping Identity:
- Visit the project website to see what security services are available.
- Review the Critical Infrastructure Defense checklist on the website.
- Reach out through the website to get onboarded onto Cloudflare's, CrowdStrike's and Ping Identity's solutions.
Organizations can use the free security services for up to four months.
DHS Issues 'Shields Up' Advisory in Response to Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a "Shields Up" advisory to urge organizations to prepare for potentially disruptive cyber activity due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In the advisory, DHS indicated there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the U.S. homeland at this time. However, DHS is encouraging organizations to report cyber incidents quickly to minimize their global impact.
To stay up to date on cyber incidents relating to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, MSSPs and MSPs can track CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) alerts. They also can check out our Russian-Ukraine conflict timeline, which is updated regularly.