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5 September, 2021 - 21:06 By Tony Quested

Darktrace on top Down Under

Darktrace, the Cambridge-based global leader in cyber security AI, has grown its Australian business significantly over the past year as more organisations have adopted an AI-driven approach to cyber defence.

The number of Darktrace customers in Australia has grown by over 60 per cent in the last 12 months across all industry sectors. Customers include Steadfast Group, WIN Corporation, Girton Grammar School, Holman Webb Lawyers and Chemist Warehouse Australia. 

Darktrace’s employee headcount across its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth has doubled in the same time period.

Powered by self-learning AI, Darktrace’s technology is capable of interrupting cyber-attacks in real time, by learning the normal ‘pattern of life’ for an organisation. The AI works by identifying the emerging signs of a cyber-threat and taking targeted action to stop the disruption.

Nathan Hillery, chief information officer, Steadfast Group, said: “During a challenging period of rapid digital change and attacker innovation, Darktrace’s ability to detect and respond to cyber-threats across our entire digital business has been a fundamental game changer for our organisation.

“Because the technology is self-learning, it constantly revises its understanding of what is ‘normal’ for our organisation, making us confident that even the most novel and sophisticated attacks will be spotted and instantly stopped – wherever they strike.”

Hayley Turner, director of industrial security across APAC for Darktrace, added: “When it comes to securing the modern enterprise we have reached a critical point where humans can no longer be expected to keep pace with the volume and sophistication of the cyber-threats that we are seeing.

“Our rapid growth in Australia signifies a sea change in the way that organisations across the country are approaching this challenge, leveraging AI to detect and fight back against emerging attacks on humans’ behalf.”

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