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Darktrace: The Creator of Autonomous Response

Darktrace: The Creator of Autonomous Response

When Darktrace was established in 2013, the cybersecurity scene was starting to become very relevant as the threat landscape started evolving. Founded by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge and cyber experts in the US and UK, Darktrace set out to become the leading company in the cybersecurity space.

Today, Darktrace is the pioneering cybersecurity technology company which is seldom known as the creator of Autonomous Response solutions. Its Enterprise Immune System is a trailblazing cyber defense solution and has been said to be the best when it comes to detecting the cyber threats that legacy systems fail to identify.

Darktrace once again reinforced its leadership when it came out with Darktrace Antigena in 2016. This innovation added to Enterprise Immune System to detect in-progress cyberattacks precisely. This gave the security teams the time required to catch on to highly complex attacks. Back in 2017, when WannaCry ransomware attacked hundreds of organizations across the globe, Darktrace Antigena reacted in seconds and protected customer networks from large-scale damage.

Brand new partnership with McLaren F1

Automobiles have increasingly become reliant on cybersecurity with the progression of time as software and the internet started playing a larger role in optimizing their potential. It is also relevant now more than ever before as the drivers are now connected with their vehicles more than ever before courtesy of the IoT devices.

Recently, Darktrace struck an important partnership with the popular Automaker, McLaren. The partnership will see the cybersecurity company work with the McLaren Group to integrate its cyber artificial intelligence. It will additionally see Darktrace involve itself with McLaren Racing to protect the Formula 1 team against cyberattacks.

The 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship is due to begin in March. McLaren will be vying for the top spot in the world’s premier racing championship with Carlos Sainz and Lando in its cars. Darktrace will be onboard these cars which will enable the racing team to gain an insight into its entire digital infrastructure. As the team preps for the new season, time is of the essence. Darktrace’s innovation in cyber AI technology will help the team automatically block cyberattacks fast and at scale.

Commenting on the partnership, Poppy Gustafsson, co-CEO of Darktrace said, “We are excited to be partnering with McLaren, a company with innovation at its core.”

“Cyberattacks that seek to cause disruption to global events, as well as attacks that subtly steal coveted IP, are on the rise. We are proud that our technology is being trusted to automatically protect the McLaren team, enabling them to race to the finish line in the knowledge that their systems are secured by world-leading Cyber AI,” she added.

Going Places

The company is one of the leading names in the cybersecurity sphere. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Darktrace has a good presence all over the globe with over 44 offices and over 1,000 employees. It is one of the most well-funded companies in the world with investors including KKR, Vitruvian Partners, TenEleven Ventures, Invoke Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Hoxton Ventures, Talis Capital, Samsung Ventures, and Summit Ventures.

Meet the co-Chiefs!

Nicole Eagan, co-CEO

Nicole has had an extensive career in the technology sphere which has spanned over 25 years. Prior to Darktrace, she was the CMO of HP Autonomy. She has also worked with Quest Software and Oracle at senior leadership positions. She was named as the Cybersecurity CEO of the Year 2019 at the Global CEO Excellence Awards. Darktrace has received over 100 awards under her leadership.

Poppy Gustafsson, co-CEO

A qualified chartered accountant, she has previously served Darktrace as the CFO before being promoted to the position of co-CEO. Prior to Darktrace, she was a Corporate Controller at HP Autonomy. She has also served Amadeus Capital Partners as a Fund Accountant. Poppy was the winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards 2019. She has also been recognized in the ’30 Women under 35’ list in 2018. She has a B.Sc in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield.


“Using AI, Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System can detect and respond to email-borne threats, cloud-based attacks, and novel strains of malware that other tools miss.” - Michael Sherwood, Director of Innovation and Technology, City of Las Vegas

“With our previous security stack, we only got to know about an incident once the damage was done. Now with Darktrace, it does all the analysis and remediation for us in real time, and we are able to receive notifications of certain events wherever we are.” - Choolwe Nalubamba, Head of Telecommunications and Information Systems, Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc

“For our small security team, the unified view that Darktrace gives us over our hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure has been a game-changer.” - Alberto Martinez, Senior Information Security Engineer, Funding Circle

The Awards Cabinet

-Darktrace was recognized as the winner of IoT BreakThrough Awards 2020 for Smart City Deployment of the Year

-At the One Planet Awards 2019, the company won the Gold for Security Company of the Year

-Winner of CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards 2019, Incident Response Solution Provider of the Year

-ASTORS Homeland Security Awards 2019 recognized Darktrace as the winner in the Best Municipal/ Country Security Solution category

-At Go:Tech Awards 2019, Darktrace won the AI/Machine Learning Award

-Nicole Eagan, co-CEO of Darktrace won Silver- Woman of the Year, Technology at The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business 2019

“Back in 2017, when WannaCry ransomware attacked hundreds of organizations across the globe, Darktrace Antigena reacted in seconds and protected customer networks from large-scale damage.”

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