Jul 21, 2020

CrowdStrike - Top 10 Cybersecurity Companies

Technology
Cybersecurity
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
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CrowdStrike was featured in our comprehensive list of the Top 10 Cybersecurity Companies in this month's Technology Magazine...

 CrowdStrike is a leading cybersecurity company who specialises in providing endpoint security, threat intelligence and cyber attack response services. The company has investigated many high profile cyber attacks such as the Sony Pictures hack or the Democratic National Committee cyber attacks.

CrowdStrike is powered by artificial intelligence which allows the company to harness the power of big data and AI to empower its team to protect you and your business against cyber threats of all types. The company is also cloud native which eliminates complexity and also simplifies development which drives down costs and ultimately benefits the customer meaning they pay less for protecting their business against threats.

CrowdStrike has recently added machine learning protection to its growing portfolio of protection services. The company prides itself on protecting its customers from cyber attacks which are ever more prevalent as technology advances. All companies need to be aware of these growing threats as anybody can fall victim to an attack. This was proved last week when the social media giant fell victim to bitcoin hackers who gained unauthorised access to the personal information of many high profile individuals. Many high profile and large corporations have been the victim of hacks and scams leading to data breaches and unauthorized access to sensitive information. 

What is cybersecurity?

Simply put, cybersecurity is protection against threats in computer systems and networks that aim to steal sensitive data or damage hardware. In an ever-changing digital world, cybersecurity is at the heart of every business and at the front of everybody's mind. Cybersecurity threats arise every day and companies and people have to continuously adapt to overcome these dangers and not fall victim to the threats.

CrowdStrike's integral and sole purpose is to keep you safe and this is especially prevalent at the minute as we are locked indoors and are more likely to fall for these scams and phishing resulting in scammers being able to gain access to your sensitive information.

Hackers have even been coming up with new ways to try and trick the vulnerable amongst us during the coronavirus pandemic, with scams such as making people pay for fake NHS COVID-19 tests. People need to be made aware of what to look out for and telltale signs of a scam and never open email attachments unless you fully trust the sender.

Read the full list of the top ten cybersecurity companies here

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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