Pioneer of Digital Credential Management Services Selects Darktrace

Parchment Deploys Enterprise Immune System

San Francisco, US
Thursday November 17, 2016

Darktrace, the leader in Enterprise Immune System technology, has today announced that Parchment has deployed Darktrace’s unique technology for cyber defense into the heart of its network.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Parchment is the most widely adopted digital credential management service, allowing learners, academic institutions, and employers to request, verify and share academic credentials in simple and secure ways. Parchment has rapidly grown its institutional member network to include college and university registrars and admission offices. Today, the active Parchment network spans 25 percent of U.S. enrollments in secondary schools and 17 percent of U.S. enrollments in postsecondary schools.

Given that Parchment’s platform safeguards the academic credential information of millions of learners, security is top priority. Parchment needed to ensure it was armed with the best tools for real-time detection and that it had complete visibility of its entire network in the face of a rapidly-evolving threat landscape. Given this strategy, Parchment decided to install Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System inside of its network.

Powered by unsupervised machine learning developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace’s innovative technology automatically learns ‘normal’ for every network, device, and user. From this learnt ‘pattern of life’, Darktrace can detect anomalies in the network, in real time. In addition, the Threat Visualizer provides total visibility of the network, allowing Parchment to spot emerging threats and mitigate potential attacks, before any damage is done.

“Darktrace’s use of machine learning to define normal behavior within our network is the critical differentiator from other solutions, and sets it apart from legacy tools,” commented Bob Langan, Vice President of Engineering, Parchment. “It is reassuring to know that there is an active way to be managing our network health 24/7, and one that will grow and evolve as our company does.”

“It is great to see Parchment, a leading digital service within the education industry, leveraging Darktrace’s machine learning technology,” added Rob Sass, Managing Director, Darktrace. “As the cyber threat landscape moves towards increasingly fast and automated attacks, it is critical for institutions to adopt a new, proactive approach to defend critical assets. The Enterprise Immune System delivers this, in its capacity to stay abreast of this new era of threat.”

For more information about Parchment’s security project, download the case study

About Darktrace

Darktrace is a world-leading cyber-threat defense company. Its multi-award-winning Enterprise Immune System technology automatically detects and responds to emerging threats, powered by machine learning and mathematics developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge. Without using rules or signatures, Darktrace models the ‘pattern of life’ of every device, user and network within an organization, identifying and mitigating cyber-threats before damage is done. Darktrace’s self-learning technology has been deployed globally and across all sectors, including energy, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services and healthcare. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK, with over 20 global offices including London, New York, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.