Zscaler working with CrowdStrike on securing remote access

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Zscaler and Crowdstrike have joined forces to provide better security for users. Together, the companies aim to improve the security of Zscaler’s remote access products.

The two companies announced their collaboration in a press release. Companies using Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) will be able to control the security of their endpoints, ITPro writes. To achieve this, Crowdstrike’s Zero Trust Access (ZTA) is integrated into Zscaler Private Access.

Zscaler Private Access together with Zero Trust Access

Zscaler markets ZPA as an alternative to a VPN. Instead of giving a user access to a company’s entire network, ZPA limits itself to just the application the user is trying to reach.

Crowdstrike’s ZTA software is its own interpretation of zero-trust security. By definition, all users and devices on a network are distrusted, and their behaviour is constantly monitored. However, Crowdstrike finds that this often overlooks the endpoint device. That’s why the software also constantly monitors the security state of that device.

By integrating the services of Zscaler and Crowdstrike, the companies want to offer the possibility to allow a device to access an application only after it has been approved by ZTA. To this end, the two companies have integrated the CrowdStrike Agent and the Zscaler Client Connector. The software works on Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

Security score

Based on the state of the security, the ZTA software comes up with a score. This score can be compared to a number of requirements that administrators have set. These requirements can be adjusted per application. If the ZTA security score meets the requirements set by the administrator, the user is granted access to the application.

Apart from checking the state of security, the software is also said to contribute to security itself. According to Zscaler, the software also has some built-in features to counter zero-day attacks.

Previous collaboration

The two companies have been working together for some time. In 2019, Zscaler and Crowdstrike announced a partnership for securing the cloud and endpoints. In doing so, Crowdstrike’s Thread Graph became part of Zscaler’s cloud security platform.

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