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3 June, 2020 - 15:33 By Tony Quested

Amber Rudd joins Darktrace advisory board

Cambridge unicorn Darktrace, world leader in cyber security technology, has pulled off something of a coup by persuading former Home Secretary Amber Rudd to join its advisory board. She served as Home Secretary from 2016 to 2018.

After a career in banking, venture capital and head hunting, Rudd became the MP for Hastings and Rye from 2010 to 2019. She held three Cabinet roles over four years, serving under three UK Prime Ministers – first in Energy and Climate Change, then the Home Office as Home Secretary and until September 2019 in Work and Pensions. 

She also twice served as Minister for Women and Equalities. As Energy Secretary she steered the UK’s participation in the crucial and successful Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015.

As Home Secretary, she oversaw the UK’s response to the 2017 terrorist attacks. Under her leadership the UK established a world-leading, international industry-led effort to remove radicalising material on the internet. 

She has recently become a Trustee for The Climate Group, working with the private sector to reach a net zero outcome.

Rudd said: “As Home Secretary I learnt first-hand that robust cyber defences are of paramount importance both to the private and public sector and so I am delighted to be joining Darktrace as a senior adviser.”

“The UK is well positioned to fight the cyber challenge not only with government initiatives like the National Cyber Security Centre providing world class support, but because of Darktrace – the world’s leading cyber AI company– leading the charge in autonomous defences.”

Darktrace’s EMEA CEO, Poppy Gustafsson added: “I am delighted to have Amber join our advisory board. Her distinguished career in politics and deep expertise in national security will be of great value to the advisory board as Darktrace continues to defend the world’s most critical digital infrastructures.”

Darktrace is the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modelled on the human immune system and used by over 3,500 organisations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. 

This includes insider threat, industrial espionage, IoT compromises, zero-day malware, data loss, supply chain risk and long-term infrastructure vulnerabilities.

The company has over 1,200 employees, 44 offices and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge UK.

• Photo credit: Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament

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