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Darktrace Threat Report 2016 Launched

Six Case-Study Threats Detected By Enterprise Immune System
Cambridge, UK
September 29, 2016

Darktrace, the leader in Enterprise Immune System technology, has today released an exclusive report, detailing six real-world threat incidents uniquely uncovered by Darktrace.

Across 1,200 deployments of Enterprise Immune System technology worldwide, Darktrace has reported 16,000 ‘serious’ early-stage threats. Darktrace’s unique detection of in-progress attacks and novel threat types allow the technology to halt them in their tracks – before they impact customers and hit headlines.

Spanning across all industry verticals and sizes of organization, insightful trends across Darktrace’s customer base can be observed.

Internet of Things increases attack surface

The emerging ‘Internet of Things’ movement is transforming business, and opening new windows of opportunity for attackers. Non-traditional IT, from connected coffee machines to videoconferencing units, are now being exploited by attackers to jump into corporate networks, unobserved. Darktrace discovered that a video conferencing system at a multinational retailer has been compromised, allowing intruders to listen in to the audio content.

Digital attacks impact physical security

Connected devices are also putting physical safety and security at risk, whether as part of industrial networks or the IT network. In one example, an attacker was caught compromising a fingerprint scanner, which restricted physical access to the machinery at an important manufacturing plant, and replacing legitimate fingerprint data.

‘Automated attacks’ are too fast for humans

The speed of attacks is increasing. Automated attacks can move at the speed of computer processes, with ransomware crippling entire groups of computers in minutes. Darktrace’s self-learning approach allowed the detection of an automated ransomware attack within one minute of infiltration. The victim organization was able to stop the spread of the malicious code in real time, avoiding a significant ransom demand.

About Darktrace

Darktrace is a world-leading cyber-threat defense company. Its multi-award-winning Enterprise Immune System technology automatically detects and responds to emerging threats, powered by machine learning and mathematics developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge. Without using rules or signatures, Darktrace models the ‘pattern of life’ of every device, user and network within an organization, identifying and mitigating cyber-threats before damage is done. Darktrace’s self-learning technology has been deployed globally and across all sectors, including energy, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services and healthcare. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK, with over 20 global offices including London, New York, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.