Telefónica Tech UK&I has announced a strengthened partnership with cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, aiming to provide advanced Managed Detection and Response (MDR) technology to its customers. This partnership is set to bolster the digital protection capabilities of Telefónica's customers, offering more potent breach investigation and containment abilities.
By combining CrowdStrike's industry-leading AI-based CrowdStrike Falcon platform with Telefónica Tech's security expertise, the partnership aims to protect clients from breaches on devices, across digital assets, and in the cloud. The service is based on Telefónica Tech’s global capability and has already been made available in the company's European and American markets.
As part of the partnership, Telefónica Tech's MDR service will monitor client equipment 24/7, identifying and mitigating threats detected by Endpoint Detection and Response technology (EDR). This includes attack vectors like cloud computing environments and identity-based attacks and extends detection capability through its proactive hunting capability, searching for signs of compromise missed by other security measures.
Telefónica Tech UK&I CEO Mark Gorton said: "This new development in our strategic partnership with CrowdStrike will allow us to go to market with the most complete extended Managed Detection and Response solution that brings together the technological capabilities and experience of both companies. It is a significant step forward in our commitment to proactively address our customers' needs as they navigate their path towards a secure and effective digital transformation."
The partnership comes amid increasing security threats like greater adversarial sophistication, the specialisation of cyber criminals, and the rise of cyber-activism. It highlights the challenge of defending institutions, businesses, and the broader social landscape. Telefónica Tech UK&I and CrowdStrike are committed to making advanced protection and top-tier cybersecurity professionals available to all organisations, regardless of their size or activity.
This partnership will enable Telefónica Tech UK&I to leverage CrowdStrike's AI-native Falcon XDR platform, ensuring that advanced protection is offered 24/7, even if the endpoints are not connected to the internet.
John Taylor, VP Alliances, EMEA at CrowdStrike commented: "CrowdStrike and Telefonica Tech have built a strong and successful long-term partnership, this new agreement is an important milestone for us as we continue the expansion of our relationship into new markets. Ultimately, our joint mission is to ensure our customers stay ahead of threats with the world’s leading AI-powered cybersecurity platform and, together – stop breaches."