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Executive summary

Darktrace is a cybersecurity firm that bases its entire product portfolio on AI. It came to prominence thanks to its use of unsupervised learning techniques in its flagship Enterprise Immune System (EIS) and its sister product focused on industrial control systems, called Industrial Immune System (IIS). Initially designed to empower detection and investigation activities, EIS has since been extended into the field of incident response with its new Antigena product, which takes automatic actions to contain an in-progress attack until human responders have time to address it. Ovum hears from many customers who are looking for more automation to free up their highly skilled and hard-to-find security teams. More recently, Darktrace has begun to harness other forms of AI, namely supervised learning for security professionals investigating a threat and deep learning for automating the analyst.


Key messages

  • Cybersecurity is at a crisis point, with internal staff on overload.
  • Customers need to find tools to automate security tasks to relieve staffing pressure. Darktrace uses unsupervised learning for threat detection.
  • Supervised and deep learning are now also part of Darktrace's arsenal.
  • Antigena offers an autonomous response capability.
  • Enterprise Immune System covers cloud, on-premises physical and virtual, and industrial control systems (ICS). 

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This whitepaper is designed to explore Darktrace as a cybersecurity firm that bases its entire product portfolio on AI. It came to prominence thanks to its use of unsupervised learning techniques in its flagship Enterprise Immune System (EIS) and its sister product focused on industrial control systems, called Industrial Immune System (IIS).

Table of contents:

  • Summary
  • Why using AI for cybersecurity makes sense
  • Darktrace uses unsupervised learning for detection
  • Embracing AI will lower security resource demand
  • Appendix
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