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Darktrace’s cybercrime warning over compromised devices as offices reopen




Darktrace has unveiled new products and features to help protect today’s remote and dynamic workforce from cybercrime.

The Cambridge unicorn, which uses self-learning artificial intelligence modelled on the human immune system, warned that as offices reopen, workers who have been connecting to corporate systems from home may bring compromised devices back into the workplace.

Cybercrime is on the rise
Cybercrime is on the rise

But Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System learns patterns of work, even as they change from day to day, in order to stop threats in their tracks.

The company, based at the Maurice Wilkes Building in Cowley Road, says its cyber AI is able to adapt to fast-changing environments, whether workers are in the office or working remotely, using Teams or Zoom, connecting to the cloud or relying on email.

The Enterprise Immune System has now been extended to endpoints, video and chat apps, software as a service applications and identity and access management integrations.

JR Tietsort, Darktrace’s CISO for the Americas, said: “As organisations reassess their working model in the months ahead, many are looking at how they can improve visibility and controls.

“Extending the Enterprise Immune System to endpoints with client sensors, and then further integrating with Okta and Zscaler, enables security teams to keep pace even as workforces change their patterns of behavior.

“Insider threat continues to be a risk area, so adding extra visibility and detection to collaboration environments like Microsoft 365 enables security teams to understand the full picture, regardless of workforce location.”

The risk to companies has grown as employees have moved to home working, Darktrace warned, because they may have broken policy or inadvertently exposed enterprise systems to new cyber-threats. At the same time, the number of attacks has increased too.

The new Darktrace Dynamic Workforce capabilities announced include:

  • Client sensors to extend visibility and detection to remote workers on or off VPN
  • Microsoft 365, Teams, SharePoint and Zoom visibility and detection modules
  • SaaS-specific AI models and cloud console to protect against data theft and insider threat
  • Email security modules for Microsoft 365 and G Suite
  • Integrations with Okta adaptive multifactor authentication and zero-trust solutions Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) and Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA)

Last month, Darktrace’s AI-powered email security technology, Antigena Email, was named Application Security Winner in the 2020 Fortress Cyber Security Awards, hosted by the Business Intelligence Group.

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