JumpCloud and CrowdStrike are Better Together

Written by David Worthington on September 19, 2022

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The mainstreaming of remote work prompted IT teams to figure out how to securely connect users with apps and manage BYOD devices that would previously have been non-compliant. Priorities have now shifted to consolidation and cybersecurity as budgets have tightened, all while adversaries have adapted their tactics for the modern IT environment. Cyberattacks against small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasing as attackers vigorously seek weak points. IT Management and SecOps are intersecting in response to these new challenges.

JumpCloud Wins 2022 Ecosystem Emerging Partner of the Year

The significance of that mission is reflected in JumpCloud being selected as the 2022 Ecosystem Emerging Partner of the Year by CrowdStrike. CrowdStrike and JumpCloud partner to deliver better security for SMEs through a layered security approach that makes it possible to meet the compliance requirements for organizations with distributed remote and hybrid workforces. JumpCloud users can manage their identities, cross-OS devices, and access from the cloud. 

CrowdStrike Announcement

Some examples of what’s possible include implementing single sign-on (SSO) with conditional access, environment-wide multi-factor authentication (MFA), centralized deployment of policies such as full-disk encryption, patching, mobile device management (MDM),and automating identity lifecycle management for your users. It’s possible to do these things even if you’re running Active Directory (AD).

CrowdStrike strengthens that security posture even further by leveraging Falcon’s Real Time Response (RTR) commands for even stronger device trust, device remediation, resource management, and reporting for every authentication. The result is a comprehensive zero trust framework that’s accessible for SMEs. Admins can take additional remediation actions on endpoints through JumpCloud’s security commands including remote lockout, reset, and wipe.

This writer was a CrowdStrike admin within an AD bound ecosystem where mobile devices were unmanaged, identities and apps existing in silos, user management was a manual process, and our control frequently over that infrastructure ceased outside of the office network. Our migration to CrowdStrike for Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) was first a step toward modernizing IT. Falcon was easy to install and implement. The capacity to resolve the entirety of those challenges, while integrating the solution with CrowdStrike, is simply huge.

Removing Barriers to Better Security

It’s not uncommon to encounter SMEs that haven’t even begun to tackle their identity and access control (IAM) issues, let alone device management. Too often, the most important resources are being accessed by untrusted devices. These SMEs may be paying for some security, but are left with gaps and blindspots.

Combining IT Management and SecOps makes that “first step” bigger and much more impactful than implementing a single control on only one type of device, or exempting apps that reside outside of one vendor’s stack.

The addition of zero trust architecture is also important, because attackers are getting much better at fooling end users to bypass less robust security systems. Zero trust adds more protections against attackers, who are more sophisticated and bolder than ever, by verifying that users are who they say they are. It’s a modern solution to a modern problem, powered by Falcon’s detection and response, combined with JumpCloud’s IAM and device management capabilities.

MSPs can also use CrowdStrike and JumpCloud to consolidate their tools, and it’s much easier to implement these solutions than with Microsoft, even when looking beyond AD to Azure AD and Intune.

Anything that makes it easier for SMEs to do the right things and removes barriers to adopting zero trust security deserves recognition. That’s the brass tax of why this award is so significant, beyond what’s become a strong strategic partnership (and the smart integration of two great platforms).

Leverage JumpCloud with CrowdStrike Today

Learn more about how to integrate JumpCloud’s device management and IAM with CrowdStrike.

David Worthington

I'm the JumpCloud Champion for Product, Security. JumpCloud and Microsoft certified, security analyst, a one-time tech journalist, and former IT director.

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