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28 July, 2015 - 11:28 By Tony Quested

PM leans on Darktrace in Indonesia cyber security push

Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan

Cambridge cyber security specialist Darktrace was parading the capabilities of its anti-hacking software to business and government influencers in Indonesia today as part of the Prime Minister’s trade mission to Asia.

Cambridge-based mobile payments company Bango is also on the mission which takes in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, as previously reported here.

David Cameron said in a speech in Jakarta: “There are three areas I can see the UK helping Indonesia with. One of those is cyber security technology as well as securing online payments. Some of the best of these British companies are with me on our airplane on this trip.”

Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan, who is in the delegation, told Business Weekly that more public-private collaboration was required to combat a growing global threat. She said: “Cyber security is a global issue. A threat can originate from anywhere in the world and it is important to understand how we can help stop it through cooperation.

“At Darktrace, we believe that the private and the public sector can work together to establish privacy guidelines and rules that create an environment for collaboration, helping prevent and mitigate cyber-attacks. This can be achieved through a framework that facilitates information sharing and determines how this information will be used.”

She said demand for the Cambridge’s company’s services was increasing and accelerating Darktrace’s international expansion.

“We launched our office in Singapore last February and, earlier this month, we opened our office in Japan. We continue our international expansion, as we acknowledge how critical it is the address the issue from a global perspective.

“So far, we’ve been successful in leveraging advanced machine learning and mathematics developed at Cambridge University through our Enterprise Immune System. This is a self-learning technology that automatically learns ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ behaviours within organisations of all sizes, and detects in-progress threats, without the use of rules or signatures.”

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