George Kurtz, founder of CloudStrike recently spoke to SiliconAngle about the work his company is doing transform workload protection using AI. The newfound popularity of the cloud for business brings with it a whole host of new risks and challenges. CrowdStrike is continuing it’s decade-long cloud security crusade with it’s new product Charlotte AI.
Who Are CloudStrike?
The company was founded in 2011, well before the cloud became such a fundamental part of the mainstream. They first provided services for Amazon, which at the time appeared a shocking risk but now, as their founder George Kurtz told SiliconAngle, “people don’t think twice about that.”
CloudStrike’s platform protects workloads by offering consistent visibility in a cross-cloud format. They’ve come to this optimised product through years of practice, beginning hosting simple workloads to more complicated ones. Kurtz said…
“It may exist for a tenth of a second, but it’s still a workload, or it may exist as a virtual machine for a couple of years and not be touched. Doesn’t matter; we still have to protect it.”
“One of the things that we’ve focused on, and I think successfully, is to allow our customers to be able to secure and manage those cloud workloads and their configurations and posture from one console,” … “It doesn’t matter which cloud it is, we’re able to do that. Just the fact that we’re able to focus and harmonise all of the controls across every cloud, even though there’s a different way to implement those, is a huge time saver and money saver for our customers.”
Protecting Customers Against Cloud Vulnerability
CloudStrike was an early adopter of AI which they use to identify potential threats. The company has been using AI and ML for many years to scan through millions of data points finding vulnerabilities and preventing malicious attacks. They’ve been using these tools to proactively improve their analysis and ability to flag unwanted network intruders.
This technology is increasingly necessary as attacks are on the rise. Kurtz says, “It starts with how dangerous it is in the cloud environment; what we’ve seen over the last year [is a] 95% increase year over year in cloud service exploitation”
Charlotte AI from CloudStrike
In May, CloudStrike launched their new generative AI chatbot, Charlotte AI. It’s hoped that the tool will allow companies to spot and act on breaches quicker than before. CloudStrike’s security analysts have been protecting customers in this way for a decade. They hope that providing their learned knowledge in the form of Charlotte AI will put the power into the hands of their customers.
It’s a scary but exciting time as new technologies propose groundbreaking changes to technology and business environments. Of course, with change comes risk, but hopefully with CloudStrike on our side, we’ll be able to reap the benefits of the cloud revolution without falling prey to opportunistic attackers. Are there’s any risks you think are being overlooked?
I’ll leave you with this last quote from George Kurtz…
“What we have to start to realize and accept is that the adversaries have figured out that the cloud is a great opportunity to exploit services, gain data and ransom other organizations. A lot of the technologies that we have come to rely on in traditional environments either need to be redone or reconstituted in the cloud environment.”