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Dark Trace - Cyber Security Machine Learning July 06, 2017

The Digital Leadership Forum recently held a session discussing - How AI Is Shaking Up Finance.

Emily Orton of Dark Trace attended as one of our key speakers and gave insight into Dark Trace's capabilities and future in technology.

Who are Dark Trace?

The world’s leading Machine Learning Company for Cyber Security.
Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System uses AI algorithms that mimic the human immune system to defend enterprise networks of all types and sizes. Our self-learning approach is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. By applying its unique, unsupervised machine learning, Darktrace has identified 30,000 previously unknown threats in over 2,400 networks, including zero-days, insider threats and subtle, stealthy attacks.


Poppy Gustafsson of Darktrace talks with Natasha Lomas about the company's intelligence background, how they prove their worth, and battling ransomware attacks.


Dark Trace gave two examples of their recent technologies

1.) Machine Learning - Detects and neutralizes subtle, stealthy threats

Machine learning can be thought of as the third and most recent machine revolution. The first was the replacement of muscle by machine in the industrial revolution. The second involved computers taking over repetitive tasks that had originally been done by people. Machine learning represents computers being able to undertake complex, thoughtful tasks.

The fundamental technology underlying Darktrace is powered by advanced, unsupervised machine learning, which is capable of learning what is normal and what is abnormal inside a network on an evolving basis, without using training data or customized models. This allows it to detect cyber-attacks that may not have been observed before, the unknown unknowns.

Legacy approaches to cyber security embody the second revolution: people describe what an attack looks like and then ask the computer to look for a match to that description. Darktrace turns this paradigm on its head, embodying the third machine revolution: the computer autonomously finds anomalous areas within large data sets, and makes intelligent judgements accordingly. This self-learning capability is transformative, allowing organizations to embrace interconnected networks, while defending their critical data and reputation.

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2.) The Enterprise Immune System - Learns the ‘self’ of your organization automatically

The Enterprise Immune System is the world’s most advanced machine learning technology for cyber defense. Inspired by the self-learning intelligence of the human immune system, this new class of technology has enabled a fundamental shift in the way organizations defend themselves, amid a new era of sophisticated and pervasive cyber-threats.

The human immune system is incredibly complex and continually adapts to new forms of threats, such as viral DNA that constantly mutates. It works by learning about what is normal for the body, identifying and neutralizing outliers that do not fit that evolving pattern of normality.

Darktrace applies the same logic to enterprise and industrial environments. Powered by machine learning and AI algorithms, Enterprise Immune System technology iteratively learns a unique ‘pattern of life’ (‘self’) for every device and user on a network, and correlates these insights in order to spot emerging threats that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Like the human immune system, the Enterprise Immune System does not require previous experience of a threat or pattern of activity in order to understand that it is potentially threatening. It works automatically, without prior knowledge or signatures, detecting and fighting back against subtle, stealthy attacks inside the network — in real time.


Dark Trace have made a real impact and even been named Best IT Company of the Year. They have been recognized as an ‘Emerging Leader’ by the Wall Street Journal so are definitely a company to watch out for!

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This article was brought to you by Dr Sally Epstein from Dark Trace. We hope this gave you some insight and continued curiosity for our future sessions which include AI & Machine Learning sessions.