McLaren Racing Hits Back at Social Engineering Attacks with Antigena Email

Formula 1 team uses AI to protect car update data from advanced email attacks

Cambridge, UK
Thursday November 19, 2020

Darktrace, the world’s leading cyber AI company, has today announced that McLaren Racing is using Antigena Email to defend against sophisticated and targeted phishing emails.

With the number of COVID-19-related email attacks surging over the course of the pandemic, McLaren decided to extend its AI-based security system to protect its Microsoft Office 365 system, and safeguard its workforce from malicious emails, including the team’s drivers. Darktrace’s Antigena Email solution is critical in protecting highly sensitive data including car updates that could be at risk from phishing attacks.

Powered by cyber AI, Antigena Email is currently Darktrace’s fastest-growing product area, with its ability to prevent novel and targeted malicious emails from being delivered to the user. It works by forming an evolving understanding of ‘normal activity’ for individual email users and the email environment as a whole, and detects subtle indicators of change that traditional approaches miss. McLaren already relies on Darktrace’s cyber AI technology to protect other parts of its digital infrastructure, including cloud services, data centers, and the IoT sensors on the cars.

“Like with any organization, our employees are busy doing their jobs, and too often face very convincing social engineering email attacks, where the sender pretends to be someone that they are not,” said Karen McElhatton, Chief Information Officer at McLaren. “Whereas traditional email security tools take a binary approach to distinguishing bad from legitimate emails, Darktrace AI has a far more nuanced view, and can stop never-before-seen, hoax emails before they are even delivered to the user.”

About Darktrace

Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. It provides comprehensive, enterprise-wide cyber defense to over 4,000 organizations worldwide, protecting the cloud, email, IoT, traditional networks, endpoints and industrial systems.

A self-learning technology, Darktrace AI autonomously detects, investigates and responds to advanced cyber-threats, including insider threat, remote working risks, ransomware, data loss and supply chain vulnerabilities.

The company has 1,300 employees and 44 office locations, with headquarters in Cambridge, UK and San Francisco. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.

About McLaren Racing

McLaren Racing was founded by New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren in 1963. The team entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966, since when McLaren has won 20 Formula 1 World Championships, more than 180 Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Le Mans 24 Hours at its first attempt and the Indianapolis 500 three times.

McLaren Racing competes in the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, and the 2020 INDYCAR Series in the US with Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew.