Darktrace: Cybersecurity Portfolio Review

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Darktrace began life in Cambridge, U.K., founded in 2013 by mathematicians and cyber defense specialists. It made a name for itself by commercializing artificial intelligence (AI) tools for cybersecurity. 

The goal of this technology is to help companies in a constantly changing threat landscape build up resilience against novel attacks by autonomously learning their digital DNA.

Since then, Darktrace has attracted business from providers of national infrastructure, financial services, IT, health care, media, and education. They rely on Darktrace’s self-learning AI to defend people, data, and infrastructure from attackers. 

With a customer base that spans over 100 countries, see below to learn all about where Darktrace stands in the cybersecurity market: 

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Darktrace cybersecurity portfolio

Darktrace Enterprise Immune System: learns normal “patterns of life” to discover unpredictable cyber threats, while delivering visibility across the workforce. This encompasses cloud and collaboration tools as well as endpoints and the corporate network.

Darktrace Industrial Immune System: detects novel threats and vulnerabilities, as well as safeguards the integrity and resilience of industrial technologies. 

Darktrace Antigena Autonomous Response: includes a range of security products that deliver proactive cyber defense to all parts of the digital infrastructure. 

Darktrace Cyber AI Analyst: AI investigation technology, which automatically triages, interprets, and reports on the full scope of security incidents. 

Darktrace partners

The company has over 500 partners, including NextGen Group, Calibra, iSecurity, NEC, Softchoice, and UBM. 

Its technology integrations are extensive and include Splunk, LogRhythm, IBM Security, Jira, Rapid7, ServiceNow, Zscaler, Cisco, Microsoft, CrowdStrike, Check Point, Carbon Black, Palo Alto Networks, Juniper Networks, Fortinet, and Netskope. 

Darktrace’s partner program applies to managed security service providers (MSSPs), consultants, technology vendors, value-added resellers (VARs), and distributors. Essentially, the company offers its solutions to them at attractive rates or as extensions to the products and services they offer. 

Darktrace use cases

Darktrace lists its coverage areas as the cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS), email, endpoint, network, and operational technology. But it zeroes in on Microsoft and ransomware as key use cases. 

It partners closely with Microsoft to help companies close security gaps in multicloud and multi-platform environments by complementing Microsoft security with self-learning AI. Similarly, it uses these capabilities along with its Autonomous Response technology to fight against ransomware, taking targeted and proportionate action to contain the threat, without disrupting the organization. 

For instance, Mainstream Renewable Power hit security challenges when it rapidly transitioned from on-premises to a cloud infrastructure primarily on Microsoft products, such as Azure. A surge of email and network-based cyber threats led to the deployment of Darktrace AI. In particular, the self-learning approach of Antigena email and being able to autonomously respond to attacks following phishing attacks. 

“We are leveraging all of Microsoft’s security technologies, but adding Darktrace takes us to another level,” says Mark Kane, global head of information solutions, Mainstream Renewable Power. 

User reviews of Darktrace

Gartner Peer Reviews: 4.6 rating out of 5

For instance, one user gives it 5.0: 

“Very impressed with the technology and the people behind it helping out. The team working with us has been fantastic at setting up and helping out with any issues we have. The product itself is very good at what it does and gives us a lot of visibility on what is going on in our network and shuts down any suspicious behavior very quickly without hampering normal business activities.” -User review of Darktrace Enterprise Immune System at Gartner Peer Insights

Another user gives it a 3.0: 

“This system performs well and does what they claim. However, be sure to have a clear understanding of the licensing structure — we thought we did but found out otherwise.” -User review of Darktrace Enterprise Immune System at Gartner Peer Insights

Capterra: 4.5 out of 5 

G2: 4.3 out of 5

TrustRadius: 7.8 out of 10

Industry recognition of Darktrace

The company has garnered recognition for its AI capabilities from market research firms, such as Gartner, Forrester, and Marsh. 

“Darktrace was early with its approach and from a technology point of view, has managed to stay in the lead,” said Gartner analyst Earl Perkins.

“Darktrace has a well-honed path into artificial intelligence. I think they’ve used it properly and harnessed it with a good user interface that allows them to respond quickly.”

Darktrace received Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Leadership award in 2021. The market research firm’s report highlights Darktrace’s innovations in the field of AI-driven industrial control system (ICS) security.

Further awards include Fast Company Most Innovative Companies in 2022, a Megabuyte100 award for the best performing company in software and infrastructure in 2022, and a UKtech award in 2021. 

Darktrace in the cybersecurity market

Darktrace operates in the competitive AI area of the cybersecurity landscape. It competes with many AI players and startups, such as ESET, Vectra AI, ExtraHop Networks, CrowdStrike, and Cylance. But it also competes with large players that are steadily introducing AI into their products, including Splunk, Fortinet, and Cisco. 

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Drew Robb
Drew Robb
Drew Robb is a contributing writer for Datamation, Enterprise Storage Forum, eSecurity Planet, Channel Insider, and eWeek. He has been reporting on all areas of IT for more than 25 years. He has a degree from the University of Strathclyde UK (USUK), and lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

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