Founded in 2013 by mathematicians and cyber experts from government intelligence backgrounds, Darktrace was the first company to apply AI to the challenge of cyber security.
With its Immune System platform, Darktrace has fundamentally transformed the ability of organizations to defend their most critical assets in the face of rising cyber-threat.
Darktrace’s pioneering technology leverages unsupervised machine learning to detect cyber-threats that signature-based, legacy systems cannot. It quickly became clear that the technology was powerful enough to identify a diverse range of threats at their earliest stages – from insider attacks to state-sponsored espionage.
The technology works by learning a ‘pattern of life’ for every user and device in an organization. Continuously evolving its understanding of ‘normal’, it detects the subtle anomalies indicative of a cyber-threat. This marks a radical departure from legacy tools reliant on static rules and blacklists of previously encountered threats, which are therefore blind to novel and sophisticated attacks.
In 2016, Darktrace’s leadership in AI was reinforced with the launch of the first-ever Autonomous Response technology, Darktrace Antigena. This innovation allowed the Immune System to react to in-progress cyber-attacks with surgical precision, giving security teams time they desperately need to catch up. When WannaCry ransomware attacks hit hundreds of organizations in 2017, Darktrace Antigena reacted in seconds, protecting customer networks from inestimable damage.
In 2018, Darktrace extended its Immune System technology to cover email environments with Antigena Email, the world’s first self-defending inbox. Antigena Email uses the same AI and self-learning principles to establish a sense of ‘normal’ email activity. Darktrace’s AI analyzes every email in the context of an organization’s entire mail flow in order to establish whether an email ‘belongs’, and takes targeted and proportionate action to contain email threats that other tools miss.
In 2019, Darktrace went one step further with the release of the Cyber AI Analyst, which augments human security teams not just in detection and response, but also in automating the threat investigation and reporting process. The technology automatically stitches together disparate security events into a single security incident, and communicates its findings in the form of a concise, digestible narrative, reducing time to triage for security teams by over 90%.
The Darktrace Immune System is now used by over 4,700 companies to protect every corner of their digital environment, from cloud and SaaS applications, to IoT devices and endpoints, as well as industrial control systems and the corporate network.
The technology provides complete coverage across major SaaS applications and cloud services, including Microsoft 365, Zoom, Slack, Okta, and many more, and integrates seamlessly with a range of security tools, from firewalls to various SIEMs and SOARs.
Darktrace is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with more than 1,500 employees globally.
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