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11 May, 2016 - 15:58 By Kate Sweeney

CIA veteran joins Darktrace advisory board

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Fast growing Cambridge UK cyber security business Darktrace has added intelligence muscle to its advisory board with the appointment of a former CIA veteran.

US government technology specialist Alan Wade was chief information officer of the Central Intelligence Agency at Langley.

He joins Lord Evans of Weardale, the former director general of MI5, and Cambridge tech entrepreneur Dr Mike Lynch on the brains trust.

Wade retired from federal service at the end of 2005 following an illustrious thirty-five year career in the CIA, where he latterly served as the CIO.

Prior to this, he held a series of senior positions at the CIA, including the director of communications and director of security.

He won the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Director’s Medal, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

Darktrace’s advisory board complements the company’s combination of expertise in machine learning and mathematics, government intelligence from the US and software.

Darktrace’s breakthrough cyber defence technology, the Enterprise Immune System, uses a self-learning approach to detect threats within organisations, and has been deployed over 1,000 times, boasting 144 partners, 230 employees and 20 offices across the globe.

Wade said: “I am excited to join Darktrace at this important moment in its growth. Machine learning is becoming critical to addressing the speed and evolution of threats today and Darktrace’s innovation in this area is fundamentally improving organisations' ability to defend themselves effectively.”

CEO Nicole Eagan said the timing of the appointment was critical as “Darktrace accelerates to become the world’s leading cyber defence company.

“Alan’s experience at the leading edge of mission-critical intelligence and technology innovation is exceptional.”

Wade also serves on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, Professional Project Services in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Assyst Inc. in Herndon, Virginia.

Darktrace has had a cracking last two months, winning the Disruptive Technology category in the Business Weekly Awards in March and receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in April.

Headquartered in Cambridge UK and San Francisco in the States, the company now has 20 global offices including Auckland, London, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington D.C.

It now boasts more than 230 employees and 144 partners and says it has detected over 8,000 threats and has 1000+ deployments across the globe. 

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