Attack Surface Management , Security Operations , Video

CrowdStrike CEO on Why It's Tough to Defend Sensitive Assets

George Kurtz on How Reposify Helps Customers Locate and Safeguard Priority Assets
George Kurtz, co-founder, president and CEO, CrowdStrike (Image: CrowdStrike)

Organizations today struggle with both new attack surface challenges such as cloud configuration and exposed buckets and long-standing ones around vulnerable ports and infrastructure.

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CEO George Kurtz says CrowdStrike's recent purchase of Reposify will help clients guard against attacks by giving them a deeper understanding of where their priority assets are and what exposure they have. Combining Reposify with CrowdStrike's data-gathering capabilities on the cloud and endpoint and Asset Graph and Threat Graph tools should help clients make risk-based decisions to protect sensitive assets (see: CrowdStrike to Buy Reposify to Secure Attack Surface, Assets).

"The overall goal is to help customers really understand what they have, how to protect it and make sure that, from an integration standpoint, it becomes seamless within the Falcon console," Kurtz says. "The first level of integration is making it work within our console, and after that, it's deeper and more integration through the entire workflow that we've created."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Kurtz also discusses:

  • How IoT and cloud security bets complement CrowdStrike's endpoint heritage;
  • How CrowdStrike's approach to CNAPP is different from Orca, Wiz and Lacework;
  • How purchasing Preempt addresses pressing customer needs around identity.

Kurtz co-founded CrowdStrike in 2012 and has served as CEO since its inception. He has more than 29 years of experience in the security space, including extensive experience driving revenue growth and scaling organizations across the globe. Before establishing CrowdStrike, Kurtz spent nearly seven years at McAfee, a $2.5 billion security company, serving as worldwide chief technology officer and general manager as well as executive vice president of enterprise. Prior to joining McAfee, Kurtz in October 1999 started and led worldwide security products and services company Foundstone, which had one of the leading incident response practices in the industry. Foundstone was acquired by McAfee in October 2004.


About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.




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