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10 April, 2015 - 11:12 By Kate Sweeney

‘Cool’ global accolade for Darktrace

Nicole Eagan, CEO of Darktrace

Darktrace, the Cambridge UK-based cyber security specialist, has been named a ‘Cool Vendor’ by globally respected technology research firm Gartner.

Darktrace’s enterprise immune system technology leverages machine learning and mathematics developed at the University of Cambridge to automatically establish a ‘pattern of life’ for every user and device within an organisation.

By understanding normality, it is capable of dynamically detecting new and emerging anomalies that represent cyber-threats, including APTs (advanced persistent threats).

This technology has been extended to industrial control system environments, including SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), systems – allowing critical infrastructure providers to continuously monitor the behaviours of networked machines and detect deviations from normality that may point to security holes, vulnerabilities or malicious attacks.

The Gartner report states: “Advanced persistent threat detection software uses mathematical models and analytics to effectively characterise and classify threats, but data sources must be consistent and comprehensive.”

It recommends that: “CISOs responsible for cyber security strategies should consider solutions for advanced persistent threat detection and analysis that can be used across both IT and OT environments.”

Darktrace serves over 70 customers globally, in sectors including financial services, telecoms, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, media and transportation, as well as a strong presence in the energy and utilities industry.

Nicole Eagan, CEO of Darktrace said: “We are honoured to be recognised by Gartner in this year's ‘Cool Vendors in Energy and Utility’ report’. “We believe this recognition from Gartner confirms the fundamental innovation of the enterprise immune system, as an entirely new class of cyber defence technology and demonstrates why more and more organisations are turning to our self-learning approach to address today’s complex cyber-threat landscape.”

Each year, Gartner identifies new ‘Cool Vendors’ and publishes a series of research reports evaluating these innovative vendors, their products and services.

As one of the world's leading information technology research advisory companies, Gartner defines a ‘Cool Vendor’ as a company that provides technologies or solutions that are innovative, impactful and intriguing.

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