Three cybersecurity organizations announced a new critical infrastructure defense project to provide free cybersecurity services to particularly vulnerable industries during this time of heightened risk, including healthcare.

The three cybersecurity groups helping address cyberattacks include Cloudflare, a security, performance, and reliability company aimed at helping to build a better Internet; CrowdStrike Holdings, a provider in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity, and data; and Ping Identity, a provider in identity authentication, authorization, and risk solutions for large enterprises.

This project is designed to enhance defenses against key areas of enterprise risk and eligible organizations will have access to the full suite of Cloudflare Zero Trust solutions, endpoint protection and intelligence services from CrowdStrike, and Zero Trust identity solutions from Ping Identity. This project, in collaboration with core partners across the public sector, will also offer a roadmap that businesses in any industry can use to implement step-by-step security measures to defend themselves from cyberattack.

“We rely on our infrastructure to power our homes, to provide access to water and basic necessities, and to maintain critical access to healthcare. That’s why it’s more important than ever for the security industry to band together and ensure that our most critical industries are protected and prepared,” says Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “We are honored to come together with CrowdStrike and Ping Identity during this time of heightened security risk to protect our nation’s most vulnerable infrastructure.”

In February 2022, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) issued a ‘Shields Up’ advisory to urge all US businesses to take steps to prepare for potentially disruptive cyberattacks in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“This is first and foremost a public service initiative to secure the endpoints and data of some of the most important critical infrastructure entities in the country,” says George Kurtz, CEO and co-founder of CrowdStrike. “We are in a position to help and we want to do all we can. Today, CrowdStrike is offering two no-cost capabilities in endpoint protection and intelligence services to help critical organizations in the U.S. better protect themselves against evolving threats and ensure critical functions for Americans are not disrupted.”

The security features available to organizations through the Critical Infrastructure Defense Project provide a Zero Trust model for securing the networks, endpoints and identities of organizations and critical threat intelligence for teams that are at risk of attack.

U.S. hospitals and water and power utilities are encouraged to visit to learn about the Zero Trust security services available from Cloudflare, CrowdStrike, and Ping Identity.