CrowdStrike has announced a Global Partnership with five-time consecutive FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to protect the team from cyberattacks throughout the coming seasons.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport will use CrowdStrike’s technology platform and services at their facility in Brackley in Northamptonshire, UK and onsite at race and testing days around the world.
“Formula One is a highly data-intensive sport – and winning teams know that by leveraging and protecting vast amounts of critical data they can create a true competitive advantage” said George Kurtz, chief executive officer and co-founder at CrowdStrike. “We believe the partnership between Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and CrowdStrike is setting a new standard in motorsport and cybersecurity. It is an example of a world-beating team striving for excellence in a sophisticated and highly competitive world like Formula One, turning to the world leader in large-scale cloud-delivered cybersecurity to protect its massive infrastructure on race day and throughout the year.”
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport manages huge amounts of information – each car produces 500 GB of data alone during an average Grand Prix weekend with a further 5-10 TB produced per week at the factory. Additionally, their operations are founded on a complex network of geographically dispersed workforce and facilities, opening up exposure to cyberattacks. CrowdStrike Falcon solves these challenges by enabling critical threat protection by immediate seamless deployments across thousands of endpoints – all via its native cloud architecture.
“Formula One is a highly technical sport where Intellectual Property is fundamental to creating and sustaining competitive advantage,” said Toto Wolff, team principal and chief executive officer, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. “To win, we need complete confidence in the information and infrastructure that drive our team. I am delighted to have CrowdStrike as our cybersecurity provider and partner.”
“Major global sporting events around the world are the target of widespread cyberattacks and the more successful a team is, the more likely they are to be the targets of hackers and eCrime actors looking for intellectual property or notoriety,” said Kurtz. “CrowdStrike is excited to be the team to protect against these attacks damaging the reputation and operation of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, enabling them to focus on what they do best: winning races and championships.”