Darktrace clinches $multimillion cyber security deal with global airline
Cambridge’s world leader in cyber security AI – Darktrace – has secured a $multimillion deal with one of the planet’s largest airlines to help the client defend against cyber attacks.
The global aviation giant’s identity is being kept hidden in the hold but Business Weekly understands it is a mega contract for Darktrace both financially and reputationally.
While its share price has been dragged down to earth, in terms of technology prowess its reputation is sky high across multiple segments internationally. Governments and corporates are using Darktrace AI armoury in the face of unprecedented and potentially fatal assaults on their systems.
The new global aviation client, which operates close to a thousand flights every day to over a hundred destinations, has deployed Darktrace Enterprise Immune System and Antigena Network to protect the business from sophisticated threat actors – from the cloud to the corporate network.
It relies on Darktrace’s AI to autonomously take machine-speed action against fast-moving, in-progress attacks without disrupting business operations.
The aviation sector has long been targeted by cyber adversaries due to the high volume of sensitive data airline companies hold – whether it be passenger manifest data of value to the world’s intelligence agencies, or data relating to high value transactions which can be exploited by criminals.
With unprecedented levels of travel disruption caused by the pandemic, the risk of fraud and abuse has never been higher. The acceleration of contact-free boarding and other digital services has introduced another level of risk as attackers seek new entry points to one of the most safety-critical sectors in the world.
Darktrace CEO Poppy Gustafsson said: “Darktrace is delighted to be working with this major airline to ensure it stays protected in today’s complex threat environment.
“As the aviation industry battles new threats targeting the technologies which are so critical to its business operations, the role of AI in containing and fighting back against these attacks has never been more important.”