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4 September, 2018 - 10:30 By Kate Sweeney

Word to the WISE as Darktrace promotes girls in STEM

Cambridge-based world leader in cyber defence technology, Darktrace, has redoubled its efforts to attract more girls into STEM studies to pursue science & tech careers.

Darktrace has joined WISE, a UK-steered social enterprise which works to promote the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Darktrace is an exemplar in the space: Spearheaded by two female CEOs, 40 per cent of Darktrace’s employees are women. Nicole Eagan is chief executive based in the US while Poppy Gustafsson heads up the UK and EMEA effort for the company. Along with chief marketing officer Emily Orton, Gustafsson was named in the last Maserati Top 100 entrepreneurs.

Gustafsson said: “We are delighted to sponsor WISE and help encourage more girls and women to pursue STEM subjects, and careers in technology.

“The UK’s science and technology sector is second to none and at Darktrace we are proud to set an example for the next generation of women considering roles in our industry, from software engineers and cyber analysts, to salespeople and marketers.”

Helen Wollaston, CEO of WISE, added: “Darktrace is not only challenging conventions with its innovative technology, but also via the number of women it employs.

“By demonstrating the value that women bring to technical, engineering and mathematical roles, Darktrace sets the bar for other technology companies.

“We are thrilled to have Darktrace’s support, helping us to inspire girls and their parents in the race to get more young women excited about a career in science, engineering and technology.”

Darktrace is headquartered in Cambridge and San Francisco and has over 30 offices worldwide. It recently became Cambridge’s 16th billion dollar business.

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