Darktrace Hosts Inaugural Technology Day
7th November 2023
Technology Day 2023
Darktrace showcases its self-learning AI cyber security product portfolio at its inaugural Technology Day in
Following the recent launch of its cloud native security solution Darktrace/Cloud™, Darktrace plc (DARK.L) (together with its subsidiaries, "Darktrace") a global leader in cyber security AI, held its inaugural Technology Day in
The event was attended by Darktrace's investment banking coverage analysts and a wide variety of institutional investors from the
Poppy Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer, opened the event and, having recently participated in the
Jack Stockdale, Chief Technology Officer and Max Heinemeyer, Chief Product Officer discussed the evolution of cyber, and how Darktrace's self-learning AI differentiates its portfolio of cyber security products from other commercially available tools:
· Unsupervised machine learning and self-learning AI: Darktrace utilises a range of sophisticated AI approaches, including generative AI, and applying these to its customers' data;
· Personalised AI driven security: Darktrace's self-learning AI trains on its customers' data to understand a pattern of life which allows Darktrace's AI to understand typical behaviour in a digital environment, and what activities are anomalous;
· Pro-active threat monitoring: Darktrace's self-learning AI proactively monitors customers' digital environments in advance of a problem arising and is capable of autonomously containing threats;
· Platform approach applicable across all industries: Darktrace's products are applicable to customers around the world, regardless of industry and across multiple use cases and coverage areas, including Cloud, Email, Endpoint, Zero Trust, Network, Apps (SaaS) and OT; and
· Darktrace/Cloud: recent enhancements to Darktrace's Cloud offering provide a cloud-native solution built off Darktrace's scalable core capabilities, learning innately from actions occurring across the cloud to provide protection to customers.
Mike Beck, Chief Information Security Officer and Hanah Darley, Director of Threat Research discussed the cyber threat landscape as an ever-evolving challenge and the role that Darktrace's self-learning AI can play as a partner to human security teams:
· Persistent challenge with new facets: including the interconnectivity of technology, the speed of innovation, malware democratisation and development and the increasing sophistication of phishing attacks;
· Asymmetric threats: driven in part by living off the land attacks, persistent attack techniques, vulnerability management and novel threat development; and
· Partnering with AI in a security function: the expanding role and responsibilities of internal security functions given significantly increased data flows, and how Darktrace's self-learning AI can partner with human security teams to manage complexity.
Cathy Graham, Chief Financial Officer provided historic performance data that could be useful in thinking about future financial expectations for Darktrace, and reviewed various levers that impact revenue and ARR, showing how relatively small improvements in each can sustain long-term growth which included:
· Annual Constant Currency Recurring Revenue (ARR) and Remaining Performance Obligations (RPO):
o relationship between ARR and RPO - over the past five years, typically 20-25% of point-in-time ARR was up for renewal in the subsequent 12 months, conversely, typically 75-80% of the same ARR was also in RPO;
o approximating contract bookings - by summing change in RPO over a period and revenue recognised in that period;
· Net Constant Currency ARR Added:
o growing importance of existing customers - amounts added from existing customers increased from approximately 3% in FY 2019 to approximately 16% in FY 2023;
o approximating additions from new vs existing customers - achievable by using churn and net retention metrics; and
· Levers to Drive and Sustain Growth: small improvements in gross churn, net retention, new customer values, and net upsell values could significantly increase net constant currency ARR added over time.
Further, with the first month of the second quarter completed, Ms. Graham reiterated the FY 2024 full year guidance provided in the Q1 FY 2024 Trading Update released on 12 October 2023, and expressed Management's continuing belief that Darktrace's long-term steady state business model represents an achievable scenario.
Denise Walter, Chief Revenue Officer discussed the goals of, and progress being made from, the recent changes in Darktrace's Go-to-Market strategy and activities, across various areas:
· People: shifting towards hiring more experienced personnel, restructuring the Go-to-Market teams and emphasising training and career development;
· Processes: further segmenting teams and allocating accounts, focusing on larger prospect opportunities, and driving deeper engagement with the partner channel; and
· Systems: implementing various industry-leading tools including CRM tool Salesforce, with additional sales, marketing, and customer success tools to follow as required.
A customer panel discussion was also then held followed by a question-and-answer session with attendees.
Technology Day Presentation Materials
The Darktrace Technology Day presentation materials and a video of the Technology Day will also be made available on the Darktrace IR site in the coming days.
Luk Janssens (Head of Investor Relations) and Mike Beck (Chief Information Security Officer) will be visiting investors in
There are also many opportunities to meet with the broader Darktrace management team at industry conferences and events, a live list can be found here on the 'Investor Relations Calendar' tab: https://ir.darktrace.com/financial-calendar.
Darktrace (DARK.L), a global leader in cyber security artificial intelligence, is on a mission to free the world of cyber disruption. Breakthrough innovations in our Cyber AI Research Centre in
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Luk Janssens - Head of Investor Relations, Darktrace
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