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5 August, 2015 - 11:38 By Kate Sweeney

Darktrace honoured by World Economic Forum

​Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan

Cambridge cyber security specialist Darktrace has been named as a ‘Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

As such, Darktrace will have access to the most influential and sought-after business and political network in the world and be invited to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Summer Davos’ in Dalian, China, this September, and the annual meeting in Davos in January.

Darktrace joins worthies such as Google (2001), Mozilla (2007), Clearwire (2008), Ubiquisys Ltd (2009), Twitter (2010), Dropbox (2012) and Nest Labs (2014) in the WEF pantheon.

This year’s pioneers were chosen from among hundreds of applicants by a selection committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives.

The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership.

Fulvia Montresor, head of ‘Technology Pioneers’ at the World Economic Forum, said: “Darktrace is part of a group of entrepreneurs who are more aware of the crucial challenges of the world around them and who are determined to do their part to solve those challenges with their company. We are very glad to see a new British innovation recognised in this selection.”

Darktrace was founded in 2013 by mathematicians and machine learning specialists together with leading intelligence experts from the UK government.

Its flagship solution, the Enterprise Immune System, is inspired by the principles of the human immune system and represents a fundamental step change in mitigating risk from cyber threats.

Powered by machine learning and mathematics, Darktrace’s self-learning technology is uniquely capable of learning ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ behaviours within organisations of all sizes, in order to detect in-progress cyber-attacks.

Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan said: “This recognition endorses our achievements in the field of cyber security, which contribute to and align with the World Economic Forum’s goal of shedding new light on how technologies may be used to improve the state of the world.”

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