Top U.S. Cyber Experts Join Darktrace to Protect Private Sector with Enterprise Immune System

Strong Adoption of Technology Proves Machine-Learning Approach Works

Cambridge, UK
Tuesday July 22, 2014

Darktrace, one of the world's fastest-growing cyber security companies, today announces the appointment of two senior officials from the U.S. intelligence community, complementing the mathematicians and machine learning specialists and U.K. intelligence officials who founded Darktrace in 2013.

"The strong adoption of our unique technology in the first two quarters accelerated our U.S. market expansion and I am delighted to welcome Jim Penrose and Jasper Graham to our outstanding commercial team," commented Andrew France, CEO of Darktrace. "Jim and Jasper bring outstanding cyber security and technical experience to the Darktrace executive team, delivering real-time, self-learning threat detection capabilities to our customers."

Jim Penrose joins Darktrace as Executive Vice President of Cyber Intelligence, following a distinguished 17-year career at the National Security Agency as an expert in computer security and information assurance. He was responsible for a variety of roles at the agency encompassing threat operations, counterterrorism and, most recently, as Chief of the Operational Discovery Center, helping to develop new signal intelligence capabilities.

Penrose is joined by Jasper Graham, who spent 15 years with the NSA, formerly holding the position of Technical Director, and will serve as Darktrace's Senior Vice President of Cyber Technologies and Analytics. Graham worked directly with United States Cyber Command (USCC) and the U.S. Intelligence Community to develop strategic planning for understanding and responding to cyber-attacks. He is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and has received over 15 awards from the NSA for his critical work in national security.

"Having spent 20 years in defense and intelligence, I have experienced threats of all forms and factors. The rate at which these threats mutate and the sophistication with which they traverse networks is frequently astounding and has transformed the way we need to think about our defensive strategies," said Jim Penrose, EVP of Cyber Intelligence at Darktrace. "Darktrace offers the only approach that accepts this reality and employs best-in-class mathematics and machine learning to probabilistically detect when abnormal events occur — even without knowing about the existence of a threat or what form it might take."

Darktrace's U.S. customer base spans a range of industries including energy and utilities, financial services, technology and healthcare. Its Washington D.C. office is supported by teams in New York and San Francisco, as well as the rest of Darktrace's global network.

About Darktrace

Darktrace is one of the world's fastest-growing cyber defense companies and the leader in Enterprise Immune System technology, a new category of cyber solutions based on pioneering Bayesian mathematics developed at the University of Cambridge. Darktrace addresses the challenge of insider threat and advanced cyber-attacks through its unique ability to detect previously unidentified threats in real time, as manifested in the emerging behaviors of the network, devices and individuals. Some of the world's largest organizations rely on Darktrace's adaptive, self-learning platform to spot anomalous activity within the enterprise, in sectors including energy and utilities, financial services, telecommunications, retail and transportation. Darktrace was founded by world-class machine learning specialists and operational government intelligence experts. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in London, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Washington D.C.