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Ex-CIA Senior Official Joins Darktrace’s Expert Board

Government Technology Specialist Alan Wade Joins Advisory Board
San Francisco, CA, United States
May 10, 2016

Darktrace, the leader in Enterprise Immune System technology, today announced that Alan Wade, former Chief Information Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, has joined the company’s Board of Advisors, alongside Lord Evans of Weardale KCB, the former Director General of MI5 and Dr Mike Lynch OBE, Founder of Invoke Capital.

Mr Wade retired from federal service at the end of 2005, following an illustrious thirty-five year career in the CIA, where he latterly served as the CIO. Prior to this, he held a series of senior positions at the CIA, including the Director of Communications and Director of Security. Mr Wade is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Director’s Medal, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

Darktrace’s Advisory Board complements the company’s unparalleled combination of expertise in machine learning and mathematics, government intelligence from the U.S. and software. Darktrace’s breakthrough cyber defense technology, the Enterprise Immune System, uses a self-learning approach to detect threats within organizations, and has been deployed over 1000 times, boasting 144 partners, 230 employees and 20 offices across the globe.

“I am excited to join Darktrace at this important moment in its growth. Machine learning is becoming critical to addressing the speed and evolution of threats today, and Darktrace’s innovation in this area is fundamentally improving organizations' ability to defend themselves effectively,” said Mr Wade on joining Darktrace’s Advisory Board.

“Alan’s experience at the leading edge of mission-critical intelligence and technology innovation is exceptional,” said Nicole Eagan, CEO at Darktrace. “We are delighted to announce his appointment to the Advisory Board, as Darktrace accelerates to become the world’s leading cyber defense company.”

He also serves on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, Professional Project Services in Oak Ridge, TN and Assyst Inc. in Herndon, VA.

About Darktrace

Winner of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016, Darktrace is one of the world’s leading cyber threat defense companies. Its Enterprise Immune System technology detects and responds to previously unidentified threats, powered by machine learning and mathematics developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge. Without using rules or signatures, Darktrace is uniquely capable of understanding the ‘pattern of life’ of every device, user and network within an organization, and defends against evolving threats that bypass all other systems. Some of the world’s largest corporations rely on Darktrace’s self-learning technology in sectors including energy and utilities, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation. Darktrace is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and San Francisco, with 20 global offices including Auckland, London, Milan, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington D.C.