CrowdStrike establishes SA presence, appoints country manager

Security Summit diamond sponsor steps up focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Johannesburg, 24 Aug 2020
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Elias Matta, MD, MEA at CrowdStrike
Elias Matta, MD, MEA at CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike, the global leader in cloud delivered endpoint protection, has announced plans for expansion and a considerable headcount investment in the sub-Saharan African market.

Elias Matta, CrowdStrike’s Managing Director for MEA, says: “While CrowdStrike has had customers within the region for more than three years, we are seeing growing momentum in sales and a rapidly expanding customer base.”

Demand for CrowdStrike’s unique, cloud-native solutions has picked up even further as the COVID-19 pandemic drives a sudden, and often unplanned, work from home model, the company says. “With increased focus on South Africa by cyber threat actors, and the recent proliferation of breaches and ransomware attacks, businesses need to prepare themselves to defend against highly sophisticated intrusions, so they need more sophisticated cyber defence,” says Matta.

To meet the spiking demand for its Falcon Platform and offer in-country and regional support to customers and reseller partners, CrowdStrike has made the first of multiple strategic hires in South Africa, appointing Diego Garcia as the Country Manager for sub-Saharan Africa.

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Garcia, with a lengthy background in information security management and sales, will support customers and partners across the region from a base in Johannesburg, backed by a strong team of engineers and cyber security specialists.

CrowdStrike will also highlight its expanded presence in South Africa as the diamond sponsor of the ITWeb Security Summit, where the company will showcase its Falcon platform, and prospective customers and resellers will have an opportunity to engage with the CrowdStrike team at a virtual stand.

CrowdStrike experts will also participate in the high-level conference, where Roland Daccache, team leader – sales engineering META at CrowdStrike, will present a keynote at Security Summit on the kill chain of the modern “Living-Off-The-Land” cyber attack, and how to stop it in its tracks at each stage of the life cycle; while Yassin Watlal, system engineering manager at CrowdStrike, will present a talk on digital transformation and its effect on cyber security in organisations.

Next-level security platform

Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), the CrowdStrike Falcon platform is unique on a number of fronts, offering a next-generation approach to detecting ever-increasing file-less (non-malware) attacks. It offers instant visibility and protection across the enterprise and prevents attacks on endpoints on or off the network.

“We don’t use signature based detection like traditional AV solutions – we use a combination of artificial intelligence and indicators of attack, collecting telemetry from each device daily and correlating it with what is possibly the best threat intelligence databases in the world, which collects data on around 3 trillion events per week,” says Matta. “At the heart of every attack is a human adversary. Falcon Intelligence reveals their motivation and tradecraft to keep our customers one step ahead. Our intelligence team is dedicated to tracking the activities of threat actor groups and advanced persistent threats (APTs) to understand as much as possible about each. In total, we track well over 100 adversaries of all shapes and sizes, including nation-state, eCrime and hacktivist adversaries.”

CrowdStrike Falcon is the only platform that unifies next-generation AV, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and a 24/7 threat hunting service – all delivered via a single lightweight agent. With CrowdStrike Falcon, organisations can replace their AV or augment it with a full-scale endpoint protection solution, powered by a cloud-native architecture and artificial intelligence/machine learning.

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